MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Aeronautics will offer a new master of science online program in human factors in aeronautics starting Fall 2011.
Human factors refers to the field of study that identifies the principles of human and machine interaction, which are applied to the design and operation of complex systems. The field is an applied science that relates to real-world events as well as rigorous research rooted in cognitive, physiological and engineering theory.
“The main focus of this degree is to educate current and future aviation professionals who want to be involved in the human factors aspect of aviation that includes not only human factors but safety, ergonomics, as well as man-machine interface,” said Winston Scott, dean, College of Aeronautics. “We all know that today’s technological advances in aviation frequently surpass the human capacity to command and control those advancements unless the individuals are given that capacity by being well trained, well educated, and perfectly positioned in the aviation system,” he added.
The program consists of 30 credit hours, or 10 courses, and is tailored for the working professional who needs to acquire and apply up-to-date, practical human factors expertise in the workplace. A 33 credit hour thesis option is available for the working professional who wishes to engage in advanced human factors research via the thesis or pursue additional education beyond this Master’s degree. No on-campus residence is necessary.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally- accredited institution. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.fit.edu/apply. For tuition information, visit http://www.fit.edu/registrar/registration/tuitionchrgs.php.