Prospective Students

Introduction to Interested Students

The Human Factors & Ergonomics Program at San Jose State University is a cross
disciplinary program, supported through the university’s Graduate Studies and Research Program. The HFE program provides two tracks of study, one associated with human computer interaction, the second associated with human-system integration in workplace and production system design. In addition, the HFE program allows students to pursue areas of specialization interests across many of the San Jose State University’s many colleges and schools of study. Students can choose specialization in human system integration and design from a computational engineering perspective, software engineering, physical biodynamic and ergonomic perspectives, from integration of human’s in architectural systems to organizational and group behavior in business and manufacturing settings.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the SJSU HFE program enjoys extensive and significant interaction with information technology from chip production to web design. The HFE faculty and many of our alumni have wide-ranging connections to the valley’s industry and research opportunities.

The hallmark of our program is a strong theory-based core of education combined with wide availability for specialization, and strong integration into information technology and associated industries and governmental research centers to provide internship, and research support for students.

The student outcomes of the master’s degree in HFE are:

  1. Student will be able to apply knowledge of the sciences of human factors and workplace ergonomics.
  2. Student will be able to design and conduct experiments, as well as be able to analyze and interpret data.
  3. Student will be able to design a system, component, or process to meet accepted human factors and workplace ergonomics standards within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. Student will have an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Student will have an ability to identify, formulate and solve human factors and workplace ergonomics problems.
  6. Student will have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Student will be able to communicate effectively.
  8. Student will have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of human factors and workplace ergonomics solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. Student will have a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. Student will have the knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Student will be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern human factors and workplace ergonomics tools necessary for professional practice.