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Ph.D. in Psychology: Human Factors

The Department of Psychology and Communication offers a doctorate in experimental psychology with an emphasis in human factors. The Ph.D. is available on-campus only. All application materials for the doctorate program must be received by Graduate Admissions by Jan. 15. Applicants received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis.


Ph.D. students are eligible for teaching assistantships which include a stipend and tuition waiver.

No separate application for funding is required. All Ph.D. applicants will be considered for these funding opportunities.

Degree Requirements

To earn the doctorate, candidates must complete:

  • 78 credits (52 or more at the 500-level or above);
  • A master’s thesis;
  • A preliminary examination; and
  • A doctoral dissertation.

The curriculum includes the coursework required of master’s students, with some additional required electives. Students are expected to work closely with faculty on research projects throughout their time in the program.

Students may transfer credits earned from another psychology graduate program with the consent of the major professor, the committee, the chair of the department and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies. At least 39 of the 78 credits must be earned at the University of Idaho.

Coursework includes:

  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Action
  • PSYC 444 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 446 Engineering Psychology
  • PSYC 504 Special Topics – Current Issues in Human Factors
  • PSYC 509 Human Factors in Engineering Design
  • PSYC 512 Research Methods
  • PSYC 513 Advanced Research Methods
  • PSYC 525 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 526 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 552 Ergonomics and Biomechanics
  • PSYC 561 Human-Computer Interaction
  • PSYC 562 Advanced Human Factors
  • PSYC 599 Research
  • STAT 431 Statistical Analysis
  • Electives (12 credits)

Admission Requirements

Admission to our program is competitive.

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in psychology or a related field.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Students with a master’s degree from another institution may be asked to complete a master’s thesis in our program before proceeding to the preliminary examination.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • The completed COGS Application Form with the application fee;
  • Official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts of all work at accredited institutions of higher learning, mailed directly from the degree-granting institution;
  • A personal statement which should include your background, research interests and professional objectives after completing the graduate program;
  • Three letters of recommendation

Psychology & Communication

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communication
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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