Updated Deadline

The on-line application period for Fall 2017 admission is from Oct 1, 2016 to Feb 1, 2017.

All supporting documents are due by Feb 20th, 2017.

Dr. David Schuster Receives NSF CAREER Award

SJSU Assistant Professor David Schuster (Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences) has received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal "CAREER: RUI: Understanding Human Cognition in Computer Network Defense."

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To learn more about Dr. Schuster, visit his page here.


SJSU's Interdisciplinary Human Factors & Ergonomics Graduate Program


The San Jose State University Human Factors and Ergonomics Master's Degree Program is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for practice in their emerging profession through a course sequence that emphasizes theory,
practical applications, and research.

Human Factors/ Ergonomics students take a group of five core courses from several different San Jose State University departments and elective courses in topics of their choosing. The program culminates in a major project or thesis. Courses in this program are usually offered in the evening, allowing students to complete the program on a full or part-time basis.

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  A Definition of Human Factors
Tower Hall Human Factors/Ergonomics is the discipline concerned with the development and application of human system interface technology to systems analysis design and evaluation. This technology encompasses human machine (hardware ergonomics), human task, (workplace ergonomics) human environment, (human environment ergonomics) and organizational-machine (macro-ergonomics) interfaces. Practitioners are engaged in developing design specifications, guidelines, methods, and tools. They also apply human-system interface technology to ensure that work systems are compatible with the characteristics of the human who operate, maintain or otherwise interact with them. Their efforts include improving the operability, maintainability, usability, comfort, safety and health characteristics of systems to improve the human and system effectiveness and to reduce the potential of injury and error.
Adapted from remarks published by H. Holbrook, 1995-96 President, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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Inspired by His Sister, Spartan Designs App

"It all began with a Spartan’s sister, who needed a good way to track data that would help keep her and her baby healthy through a difficult pregnancy.

That simple observation, by graduate student Jarad Bell, ’15 Human Factors, inspired plans for a new app recently accepted to the second round of a prestigious international design competition.

“The competition received 65 submissions from around the world and their manuscript was selected as one of the top 12,” wrote Assistant Professor Jeremiah Still of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Program."

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