Program Details

Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Improve Human Experiences through Technology

Integrating human behavior with engineering and technology is the core of Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors Psychology. Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the human factors psychology degree explores the interaction, response and relationship formed between human and machine, with the goal to improve human experiences with 21st century machines and technological advances.

Using previous knowledge of psychology, sociology and communications, this human factors psychology degree program encourages a better understanding of our mental processes toward receiving and retaining information. Psychological and cognitive experiences with non-human systems can help us construct efficient, user-friendly and safer materials or equipment moving forward.

Degree Outcomes

Study Human Interactions That Influence 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 and computer interaction, usability, user experience design and product design. Sensation, perception and human cognition are explored in relation to the use of surrounding environments' technology or equipment.

Theories of human learning, development, retention and sensory responses can drive the improvement of current or future technologies. A capstone project in the MS in human factors psychology program prepares you for career transition by exploring a relevant issue or subject and presenting findings related to experiences within psychology and human development.

What You Will Learn

Build Relationships Between People and Machines

Course topics include:

  • Human factor theories and principles
  • Human approach and perspective toward designing software and hardware
  • Social, cultural and cognitive psychology
  • Statistics
  • Ethical issues in psychology

Career Outcomes

Develop User-Friendly Technology for Organizations

The MS in psychology with an emphasis in human factors psychology degree can help you work as an employee or consultant in a variety of settings including government, all branches of the armed services, universities and private, technology-driven companies. With varying levels of psychology in your background, you can specialize in hardware and software products or research and development teams.

Program Domains

Course List

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36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course serves as the foundation for advanced graduate study in the field of psychology. Professional skill development, such as critical thinking, scholarly writing, and literature reviewing are covered, as well as contemporary ethical issues in the field of psychology, including issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research.

Course Description

This course is a study of social, group, and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior. Attention is given to the development of attitudes, leadership roles, group thinking, sources of conflict, altruism, attraction, effects of competition and cooperation, analysis and evaluation of propaganda techniques, and the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control.

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 provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.

Course Description

This course emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of experimental design and research methodology at the graduate level, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs.

Course Description

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

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

Course Description

This course prepares students to enter their prospective career and/or continue their education in psychology. Students will explore occupations and leaders in the various psychological fields, formulate and compile their experiences and achievements, and construct a roadmap for success. Original research ideas will be solidified and presented.

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.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (20 months)

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