Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

BS/MS in Applied Human Perception and Performance

Applied human perception and performance is concerned with discovering the perceptual and cognitive abilities and limitations of people, and using that knowledge to design better products, services, environments and systems.

The five-year BS/MS Applied Human Perception and Performance program provides training for students interested in careers in areas including human factors, designing instructional materials, product design and testing, Website design, evaluation of website effectiveness, usability testing, technical writing and other careers involving the application of perceptual and cognitive psychology to real-world problems.

This program allows students to earn both a BS in Psychology and a MS in Applied Human Perception and Performance in five years.

Degree Requirements

The five-year program allows eight of the required 30 graduate credit hours to be counted toward the 128 undergraduate credit-hour requirement. In addition to the 120 required hours of undergraduate coursework and 30 hours of graduate coursework, the program requires successful completion of a master's thesis.

Required Undergraduate Courses

These courses are required for the MS in Applied Human Perception and Performance degree. Many of the courses also will complete Core Curriculum requirements or requirements for the BS in Psychology.

  • PSYC 240. Psychology and Biology of Perception
  • PSYC 250. Cognition
  • PSYC 314. Laboratory in Cognition or
    PSYC 316. Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
  • MATH 117. College Algebra or higher
  • COMP 170. Structured Programming
  • COMP 225. Introduction to Web Programming
  • COMP 271. Structured Programming and Data Structures

In addition, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to undertake a minor (three more courses) in Computer Science. See the program director for relevant courses offered by other departments.

For more detailed information about undergraduate requirements, see BS in Psychology.

Required Graduate Courses

To graduate with a master's degree in applied human perception and performance, students must complete 30 hours (10 courses) of graduate coursework. Seven required courses and three electives are required for the degree. Students must also complete a master's thesis.

Required Courses:

  • PSYC 480. Advanced Statistics I
  • PSYC 482. Advanced Statistics II
  • PSYC 421. Sensory Processes
  • PSYC 427. Research Methods in Applied Perception and Cognition
  • PSYC 435. Information Processing
  • PSYC 450. Human Factors/Engineering Psychology
  • PSYC 598. Research (within-department lab rotation)

Elective courses: Students may take only two 300-level elective courses. This list is not exhaustive.

  • PSYC 590. Internship
  • PSYC 491. Multivariate Analysis
  • PSYC 543. Seminar in Sensory Processes
  • PSYC 599. Directed Readings
  • COMP 363. Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms and
    COMP 211. Discrete Structures (prerequisite for COMP 363)
  • COMP 378. Artificial Intelligence
  • COMP 380. Computer Graphics
  • MATH 416. Social Issues in Computing
  • GB 497. Intelligent Systems for Business
  • ISOM 346. Database Management Systems

Student must complete all graduate courses with a grade of "B" or higher.

Additional Requirements

In addition to coursework, students also must successfully complete:

  • A comprehensive exam consisting of:
    • Final exam of PSYC 427. Research Methods
    • Oral defense of the master's thesis
  • A master's thesis

Career Placement

Our students have been employed by companies including: