12 months
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 42930 USD/year
543 USD/credit 16290 USD/year
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This Psychology - Human Factors/Applied Cognition specialization at George Mason University trains students to apply basic research skills in the cognitive sciences to "real-world" problems. Faculty help place students who do not have real-world experience in a part- or full-time practicum before completing their degree.

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Students in our Psychology - Human Factors/Applied Cognition  specialization at George Mason University can elect to focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. 

Both tracks stress the analytic and empirical methodologies that are used in all phases of interactive systems design (where this is broadly defined to include any human-machine system). 

The power and interpretation of these techniques reside in their close ties to cognitive theory. 

Job Prospects

  • Job prospects for our MA graduates are very rosy. All of our graduates have been employed within 2 months of graduation. 
  • Some of our students' internships have turned into job offers so that they were employed prior to leaving the program. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Cognitive Bases of Behavior
  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods: Analysis of Variance
  • Multiple Regression
  • Quantitative Methods: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology
  • Cognitive Engineering: Cognitive Science Applied to Human Factors

  • Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH

30 - 32


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree submitted using the application portal from all universities attended.
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English, if applicable, and submitted for evaluation to the Mason Office of Admissions.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    42930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    16290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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