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What will I learn?

Human factors refers to the field of study that attempts to identify the principles of human/machine interaction, and applies these principles to the design and operation of engineered systems. Thus, the field is both a rigorous research domain rooted in cognitive, physiological and engineering theory, and an applied science with an intimate and direct connection to the operational world.

Although the range of engineered systems of interest in human factors is very wide, this degree concentrates on aviation-related human factors studies. Such studies range from aircraft cockpit design and aircraft maintenance methods and procedures to complex ground-based entities such as the National Airspace System. Human factors is now recognized as an indispensable component of systems design and evaluation, accident investigation and prevention, simulation, training, procedures development and system performance testing. Considerable research is being conducted in this field by government and private entities around the world.

In addition to its advantageous location on the Space Coast, Florida Tech has significant university assets that enhance its potential for aviation human factors research and education.


The Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved coursework. Students have the option of either a thesis program of study, or nonthesis program of study that includes a final program examination.

Aviation human factors is the science behind the human element of aviation and how humans interface with machines. Students of human factors look at the psychological, social, biological, and safety characteristics of users and the system in which they work. Aligned with the concepts of human-centered design and engineering, experts in the field strive to understand human interaction with aviation technology so they can improve the complex nature of the environment and its users’ experience.

Learn From Dedicated Aviation Experts

The College of Aeronautics’ faculty is comprised of professors who are not only experienced commercial, private and military pilots but also recognized thought-leaders in aviation and aeronautics. They have authored many textbooks and published considerable research in journals on aviation safety, with topics that include human factors analysis and classification, G-force induced loss of consciousness, haptic feedback in aviation systems, and aviation accident investigation.

A Variety Of Hands-On Research Programs

Florida Tech gives students extensive opportunities for research and field study: it is at the core of every degree at Florida Tech, giving students real-world, hands-on experience. The university’s expertise in science and aeronautics gives students a wide variety of advanced tools and facilities for research. This includes wind tunnels and air quality monitoring systems, high-tech modeling software programs, and other technology from our colleges of science and engineering.

Improving human–machine interaction is paramount in reducing airline accidents. Graduates are in great demand by private airline, airport, and aviation organizations. As a consultant, graduates guide these organizations in designing better technology and systems utilizing data from study in human factors. Government agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board also seek aviation human factors graduates to aid in creating and fine-tuning new systems and legislation to improve aviation safety.

Which department am I in?

College of Aeronautics

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $1,241 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021


Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W. University Blvd.,



32901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students looking to enroll in a master's degree program at Florida Tech must hold a bachelor's degree (four-year degree) in a related field from a recognized, regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate in order to be considered for admission to a Florida Tech master's degree program.

For international students

An applicant to the Master of Science in Aviation Human Factors program must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an institution of acceptable academic standing. Some aviation background or education is desirable. Deficiencies may be made up through courses taken at the university concurrent with the aviation human factors program coursework.

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

Taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79, an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0, a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58, a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C), an official Florida Tech TOEFL (paper based) with an earned score of at least 550. Application Deadlines: Fall - June 8; Spring - Oct. 14.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Florida Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized institution providing a variety of degrees taught by industry-leading faculty.

  • One of the most internationally diverse student bodies in U.S
  • Outstanding reputation for STEM subjects
  • Provides scholarships to most students
  • Located in sunny Melbourne, Florida