M.S. in Human Systems Engineering

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Human Systems Engineering (HSE) is a two-year program offered through the Human Systems Engineering program at Arizona State University Polytechnic School (part of the Fulton Schools of Engineering).


The MS in HSE program emphasizes the application of psychological science, cognitive science, and engineering principles to diverse areas, including decision making, health, human factors, human-computer interaction, learning and education, perception, social processes, team cognition, usability, and product development.


Areas of specific focus have included aviation, consumer products, educational technology, health care, military applications, cyber security, and public safety. Students in this program will have opportunities for practical experience in diverse laboratories as well as internships in a variety of settings.


HSE MS and PhD programs are accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


Why Human Systems Engineering?

The program is hands-on and challenging, and the field is growing quickly, creating opportunities for further study and employment. The areas of application include:

  • User Experience
  • Human systems Integration
  • Healthcare Human Factors
  • Learning design
  • Sports psychology
  • Aviation human factors
  • Human-Robot Interaction

Recent graduates are working at places like Intel, Boeing, GoDaddy.com and the Air Force Research Lab. Recipients of our master’s have also gone on to pursue a doctorate at ASU and other prestigious programs. The program offers specialized training to complement the B.S. in human systems engineering in the Polytechnic School.

Students currently enrolled in the BS in Human Systems Engineering degree program can select the Accelerated Master’s Degree option.


Choose from five concentration areas:

Aviation Human Factors
Health Systems
Intelligent Systems
User Experience Research


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s in psychology or a related field (including engineering, computer science or business) is required.
  • Applicants to this program generally have completed an undergraduate course in statistics.
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A)
  • An online Graduate College application
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended
  • As of Fall 2021, the GRE is no longer required for this program.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit a professional resume and personal statement (including background, interests, qualifications, and goals) as part of the online admissions application
  • International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by Graduate Admissions. Please be sure to review the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score requirements, as your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.
  • Applications accepted for the fall and spring semesters
Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements 

The M.S. in Human Systems Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours must include the following:

  • 30 credit hours and a Thesis, or
  • 30 credit hours including the required course (HSE 593) and an Applied Project.

This M.S. requires the completion of 30 credit hours with grades of “B” (3.00) or higher. Students have the option of doing a thesis or an applied project to develop and demonstrate professional knowledge and skills. Students who plan to go on to a doctoral program are encouraged to complete a thesis. Work on the thesis will continue for at least a calendar year, under faculty supervision. The first three credits will be devoted to developing an idea and preparing a proposal for approval by a faculty committee. The next three credits will allow for preparing the details of research design and data collection for the thesis (materials, computer programs, experimental text beds, questionnaires, etc.). The final six credits will be devoted to collecting and analyzing data and writing and revising the thesis under the direction of the advisor. Students will defend the thesis in an oral examination.

Students selecting the applied project option will, under the guidance of an advisor and industry client who initiates the project, allocate the 12 credit hours to a combination of research and applied project credit. They will prepare a report and present a poster on the project at Innovation Showcase.

The MS Human Systems Engineering Handbook (PDF) is linked on the left sidebar.


STEM designation makes students within the program at ASU eligible for STEM specific Scholarships, OPT extension for International Students, and expanded GI benefits for Student Veterans.