Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors 

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology and a major concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors, students will be able to:

  1. Learn theoretical and methodological tools to carry out independent research in human-computer interaction and human factors.
  2. Write an independent and original dissertation that is of sufficient quality to merit publication in a top human factors/human-computer interaction journal. 
  3. Conduct a focused review of the literature and develop a research design to carry out independent research. 
  4. Communicate and defend their research design and modeling choices when presenting their papers and/or presentations. 
  5. Communicate their research effectively by writing clearly, concisely, and cogently. 
  6. Read critically and assess research manuscripts related to their field of study and in other fields.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Psychology

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA in Psychology, graduate students may earn the MA degree after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD. For general university requirements for PhD degrees, please see Doctoral Degrees. For both MA and PhD degrees, students must complete a research thesis, including a public oral defense. Required coursework is determined by the student’s major concentration. Students must complete an admission-to-candidacy procedure to establish their expertise in their chosen major concentration. Competence in a foreign language is not required.  

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of Psychology30

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. In addition, students pursuing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology must:

  • Complete all coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each required course.
  • Complete all of the course requirements in their major concentration.
  • Successfully complete and present the first-year project in May of the first year.
  • Successfully complete and present the second-year project in May of the second year.
  • Write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation committee must be in the area of Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors and be overseen by a Psychology faculty member affiliated with the Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors Major Concentration.

Students who have not previously completed a master's degree in Psychology or a related field, must successfully defend a master’s thesis and earn the MA degree in Psychology. Students who come to Rice with a master's degree in a related field can be exempted from this requirement.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors90

Degree Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors

Core Requirements
PSYC 502ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS I3
PSYC 503ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS II3
PSYC 520FOUNDATIONS OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 531HF/HCI RESEARCH SEMINAR1
PSYC 540FOUNDATIONS OF ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 541HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
PSYC 609METHODS IN HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION3
PSYC 660PROFESSIONAL ISSUES3
Elective Requirements
Select 5 from the following: 15
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY
INFORMATION PROCESSING AND ATTENTION
MEMORY
PSYCHOLINGUISTICS
REASONING, DECISION MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING
FOUNDATIONS OF I-O PSYCHOLOGY
COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF COGNITIVE PROCESSES
VISION SCIENCE
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS
PSYCHOMETRICS
ADVANCED TOPICS IN I/O
PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY
TOPICS IN HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
First-Year Project
Second-Year Project
Thesis Requirement
Completion and public defense of thesis
Additional Coursework as Approved by Department
Total Credit HoursMinimum of 90

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors 

Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Psychological Sciences publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Psychology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/