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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

B.S./M.S. 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 B.S./M.S. 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 B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. 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 M.S. in Applied Human Perception and Performance degree. Many of the courses also will complete Core Curriculum requirements or requirements for the B.S. in Psychology.

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 B.S. 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:

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

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

Additional Requirements
In addition to coursework, students also must successfully complete:

Career Placement

Our students have been employed by companies including:


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