What will I learn?

Human factors in aeronautics are the science behind the human element of aviation and how humans interface with machines. The study of human factors involves the psychological, social, biological and safety characteristics of a user and the system in which they work. Experts in the field of human factors work to understand the human interaction with aviation technology so they can improve the complex nature of the environment and its user's experience.

Florida Tech's online human factors in aeronautics learning program is highly interactive and brings students and faculty together through discussion boards and live chat sessions with peers and professors for a sense of academic closeness that is sometimes missing in other online programs, or even in traditional classroom settings.

Dedicated, Experienced Professors

The College of Aeronautics' faculty is not only experienced commercial, private and military pilots but also recognized leaders in aviation and aeronautics, published authors of aviation safety textbooks and research articles on topics ranging from human factors in aeronautics, analysis and classification, to G-Force induced loss of consciousness, hectic feedback in aviation systems and aviation accident investigation. Dedicated researchers themselves, Florida Tech's faculty are actively involved in supporting their students' passion for discovery.

Varied Research Programs

Students have extensive opportunity for research and field study at Florida Tech. The cornerstone of every degree program, research gives student’s real-world, hands-on experience. The university's expertise in science and aeronautics helps students fully explore the many facets of human factors in aeronautics through a capstone course at the end of their second year. Research funding from the FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) provides funding to professors and students to study selected aviation topics.

Interdisciplinary Careers

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 in aeronautics. 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?

Florida Institute of Technology

Study options

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $600 per credit hour

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

Application deadline

Expected March 2021

Start date

26 October 2020

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

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.

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.

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

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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