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Online BS in Psychology: Human Performance Psychology Concentration

Help Design Products or Enhance Organizations

Study how people can use products and work effectively with the human performance psychology concentration. It blends two related fields, helping to tailor your degree and expand your career opportunities. If you’re interested in a future in areas like human resources, machine design, or machine/human interface, this concentration can help you achieve your goals.

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  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $400
  • Credit Hours 124

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • Application fee waived
  • 47 semester hours in concentration
  • Courses include social psychology, human factors, and perception

Combining Two Related Specialties in Psychology

This concentration combines human factors and industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology. Human factors applies psychology to the design of systems, machines, and products so that people can use them more comfortably, safely, and effectively. I/O psychology applies psychology to improve the productivity and satisfaction of members of organizations, such as employees in manufacturing plants.

Tailor your degree to these fields and learn about systems design and human interface, productivity, organizational productivity, and member satisfaction.

Career Outlook: Target HR and Machine Design Careers

Earning your psychology degree means you’ll always be able to consider employment in a wide range of community and social service occupations, where jobs are projected to grow 11% by 2028.1 But this concentration opens up even more career opportunities than the major alone.

You’ll be prepared for a wide range of jobs in human resources, machine design, and machine/human interface. It’s also a strong foundation for graduate work in different psychological disciplines.

Human Resources Specialists


Help organizations work more effectively in areas like recruiting, training, and benefits and compensation.2

Social and Community Service Managers


Oversee social service program and a community organization. In this role, you’ll plan outreach activities, write proposals for funding, and more to enhance the organization’s impact in the community.3

Here are some positions you could qualify for with this concentration and degree:

  • Assistant behavior analyst
  • Business administrator
  • Case manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • School counselor
  • Top- or mid-level manager
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Curriculum: Critical Knowledge and Skills

Learn about abnormal psychology, human development, and other core topics as you gain skills in diagnosis, clinical interview procedures, behavior analysis, and more. This specialization gives you the foundation needed to pursue a future in areas of counseling or clinical psychology, as well as fields that take advantage of the unique knowledge and skills you’ll gain in this program.

Course Spotlight: PSY 3100 Industrial/Organization Psychology

The application of psychology to improve the productivity and satisfaction of members of an organization. Topics include personnel selection, performance appraisal, job analysis, job training, work motivation, job satisfaction, group processes, leadership, and organizational theory and development.

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Course Spotlight: PSY 3200 Human Factors

The application of psychology to the design and evaluation of person-machine-environment systems. Topics include the human operator as a receiver, processor, and emitter of information; the effects of fatigue and environmental stress; and human factors in accident research.

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You can complete the program in just 3.5 years. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition for the program is $49,600. You need to complete 124 credits at $400 per credit hour. You can review all tuition costs here.

You can transfer up to 93 credits toward your degree. Methodist University generally accepts credits for courses completed with a grade of C or higher from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. You can learn more about our transfer policy here.

This program features two optional concentrations, counseling/clinical psychology and human performance psychology. Each of these concentrations is designed to provide a deeper look at a specific psychology practice area.

The counseling/clinical psychology concentration is ideal for students who want to pursue graduate study for therapy careers, while the human performance psychology concentration is ideal for careers in human resources, machine design, and more.

You can learn more about coursework for the BS in Psychology here.

The skills you learn in the BS in Psychology program are relevant to a wide range of industries. Graduates of this program are qualified for entry-level roles in human resources, social services, and more.

You can also choose to pursue additional study at the graduate level for careers in counseling, substance abuse, and other psychology practice areas. Visit the careers page for more information.

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