About this Program

Human factors is a discipline in which principles of cognition, information processing, learning, and perception are applied to the design of technology. This modeling and simulation certificate provides students with a focus on psychological principles that address end-user capabilities with models of human behavior and with knowledge/skill acquisition. This certificate is designed for graduate students in psychology who are interested in pursuing a career in modeling and simulation or for doctoral students who wish to focus on human factors issues in modeling and simulation It is anticipated that students will complete the program in 2 semesters (full time enrollment) or 2 years (part-time enrollment or working to complement a graduate degree).

Program Highlights

  • The certificate is offered both full-time and part-time.
  • The Human Factors Psychology Certificate in Modeling and Simulation is part of ODU’s university-wide modeling and simulation initiative.
  • The methods, techniques, and concepts covered in the certificate can be utilized in academic, industrial/commercial, and government settings.
  • The certificate covers techniques that can be applied across many disciplines, such as aviation, surface transportation, human-computer interaction, health care, and many others.
  • The certificate emphasizes basic knowledge and principles in human cognition, sensation and perception, and human factors predictive along with fundamental modeling and simulation methods.
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Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

$90,340 Median Salary

Design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.

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Alumni Careers

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What are the requirements to apply for M&S in Human Factors Psychology at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in M&S in Human Factors Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Requirements for this program include a strong background in basic and applied areas of psychology as well as quantitative research methods. All applicants admitted to the certificate program must meet ODU requirements for admission to a graduate program in psychology—holding a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. 


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Students pursuing the certificate in conjunction with a Ph.D. degree program may be eligible for an M&S Fellowship.



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