Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Combine Psychology and Technology

Integrating human behavior with engineering and technology is the core of Grand Canyon University's Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology. Available through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the human factors psychology certificate combines human interaction with our responses to technology. This study of human behavior through our psychological and cognitive experiences with technology can help optimize machine and system designs to improve user-friendly functions and safety.

This human factors psychology certificate builds upon knowledge gained through a previously earned master's degree in psychology. Explore theories and application of human factors psychology in daily life by understanding the mind's processes of receiving and retaining information. In turn, this study and understanding of the human mind can translate to creating more human-friendly software and hardware designs.

Degree Outcomes

Improve Human Experiences with Technology

Combining the study of psychology with our mind’s visual and auditory senses can improve the ways humans create and use various machines. You can specialize in human computer interaction, usability, user experience design and product design. Sensation, perception and cognition of the human mind are explored as they relate to our use of surrounding technology and equipment.

Studying theories of human learning and senses can be applied toward current or new technology to improve human experiences. You also learn the best ways humans absorb and retain information and environmental cues.

What You Will Learn

Connect Humans with Machines

Course topics include:

  • Human factor theories and principles
  • Receiving and processing information through human senses
  • Human-centered approach to designing software
  • Cognitive psychology

Career Outcomes

Develop User-Friendly Hardware and Software

Individuals with education in human factors psychology can work in a variety of settings, including government, all branches of the armed services, universities and private technology-driven companies. These employees often specialize in hardware and software products and systems.

Program Domains

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is an examination of the practical application of Human Factors theories and principles.

Course Description

This course is an examination of the human ability to receive and process information through visual and auditory senses.

Course Description

This course is a practitioner's guide to a human centered design approach to software development and evaluation.

Course Description

This course is a fundamental examination of cognitive psychology as it applies to human factors.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (9 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.