human-factors College of Design

Human Factors and Ergonomics



Doctor of Philosophy

Total credit hours: 42 course credits + 24 dissertation credits = 66 credits total


Major Course Requirements:


  • Psy 8814 & 8815: Analysis of Psychological Data (required effective Fall 2014 admission)
  • One additional course in research methods (required effective Fall 2016 admission)
  • 3 credits in Statistics (prior to Fall 2014 admission)
  • 3 credits in Experiment Design (prior to Fall 2014 admission)
  • 3 credits in Human Factors Foundations
  • 3 credits in Physical Human Factors
  • 3 credits in Cognitive Human Factors
  • Research Ethics Training

The balance of credits may come from any category on the course list. To ensure students receive interdisciplinary exposure to multiple perspectives, they must select courses (excluding statistics and experimental design courses) from at least three different departments.


Research Ethics Requirement

All graduate students must receive training in the ethical conduct of research.


Planning Document, 2016 Admission or later, Doctoral Degree

Planning Document, Pre-2016 Admission, Doctoral Degree



Thesis credits
24 dissertation credits (HumF 8888)


Specification of examinations, papers, thesis
Doctoral students complete the following milestones:

  • Preliminary Written Examination
  • Preliminary Oral Examination
  • Dissertation
  • Final Oral Examination


Examining committee composition
Three faculty from the Human Factos MS/PhD program faculty, and one from a minor or related field.


Final Exam
An oral defense of the student's dissertation.


Human Factors and Ergonomics
1985 McNeal Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-9700
fax: (612) 624-2750

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

[directions and maps]

Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

[directions and maps]

© 2015 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Privacy Statement
Current as of