Masters in Ergonomics

Program Overview

“A new program with a new perspective on Ergonomics"

Welcome to the IU Ergonomics graduate program! Our graduate program is a new and is one of the very few offered through Kinesiology Departments. It offers a new perspective on ergonomics. This perspective is uniquely shaped by the convergence of traditional strong academic programs (biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control) in Kinesiology with the traditional strong academic programs of IU (music, design, information science, and psychology/neuroscience, and occupational safety). The program allows a student to design a curriculum that uniquely meets their individual interests and goals. In this way, the program promotes diversity in its educational and career opportunities—from the Arts to Industry! Our students have developed individual programs of study spanning usability, design, automotives, rail transportation, safety, wellness, and music.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is founded in the traditional disciplines of Kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology and motor learning & control. Ergonomics is concerned with understanding human performance in the interactions between people and elements of a performance system (e.g., jobs, recreation, and daily living). The profession applies theoretical and empirical methods to optimize socio-technical systems design to optimize human well-being and overall system performance by improving the overlap between people's capability and task demands.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Kinesiology
A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for this program; a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation. A minimum grade of C- is required in each course. All electives for completing the degree must be approved by the advisor.


For more information about admissions and application materials please contact:

John B. Shea
Professor, Kinesiology Department
Director, Ergonomics Laboratory
1025 E. 7th Street, PH 121
(812) 856-6045

Charles Pearce
School of Public Health-Bloomington
1025 E. 7th Street, PH 036