Human Systems Integration

Master’s Degree #359

Est.imated Completion Time: 24 months

Starts: Fall

Subspecialty Code: 4600P

Program Area: Data Science and Decisions

POC: Academic Associate

Modality: Distance Learning


Human Systems Integration (HSI) is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes human considerations as a priority in systems design and acquisition, to reduce life cycle costs, and improve total system performance. HSI has been divided into several distinct domains that include human factors engineering, manpower, personnel, training, human survivability, health hazards, system safety, and habitability. HSI is based on the understanding that people (operators, maintainers, and support personnel) are critical elements of the system and that a human-centered design perspective promotes system effectiveness, safety, and cost savings.

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Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1
  • OA3411
  • MN3301
Quarter 2
  • OA3412
  • SE3100
Quarter 3
  • OA3413
  • OA3401
Quarter 4
  • OA4414
  • OS3111
Quarter 5
  • OA4401
  • OS3112
Quarter 6
  • OA4406
  • OA4408
Quarter 7
  • OA4402
  • OA4702
Quarter 8
  • OA4603
  • OA4415

Requirements for Entry

  • A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades

Learning Outcomes

The goal of this program is to educate eligible personnel within the federal government and defense contractor organizations in the discipline of Human Systems Integration (HSI). Graduates of this program will possess the skills necessary to function as practitioners of HSI. This degree will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be effective leaders in the assessment, design, testing, and management of a total human machine system throughout its life cycle.

  1. SYSTEMS APPROACH: Graduates will be able to positively influence the activities the Program Management (PM), Systems Engineering (SE), and Test & Evaluation (T&E) communities as they function within the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Lifecycle.
  2. HSI DOMAIN KNOWLEDGE: Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge of all HSI domains: Human Factors Engineering, Manpower, Personnel, Training, Environmental Safety and Occupational Health, Survivability, and Habitability. Graduates will be familiar with the primary approaches and techniques used by each HSI domain.
  3. HUMAN PERFORMANCE: Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of the cognitive and physiological capabilities and constraints on human performance in operational settings. Graduates will be able to assess factors that affect human performance such as attention, memory, workload, situation awareness, stress, fatigue, and human error.
  4. IMPLEMENTING HSI TRADEOFFS: Graduates will be able to conduct elementary tradeoffs across HSI domains, as well as tradeoffs involving engineering, acquisition, and T&E disciplines. They will be able to articulate the impacts and risks associated with those tradeoffs to technical and non-technical audiences.
  5. ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES: Graduates will be able to conduct fundamental quantitative and qualitative research in both field and laboratory settings within the context of the defense acquisition process.
  6. MODELING and SIMULATION: Graduates will be familiar with basic modeling and simulation (M&S) techniques to explore tradeoffs across HSI domains and tradeoffs involving engineering, acquisition, and T&E disciplines.

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