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Mississippi State University Online has created a first-of-its-kind Athlete Engineering research program from a collaboration between Mississippi State University Athletics, Bagley College of Engineering, the department of Kinesiology, and the school of Human Sciences. This research program uses both laboratory equipment and sport-specific wearable technologies to explore human performance.

The flexibility of the Athlete Engineering Certificate allows any Mississippi State Online student and practitioner across the worlds of sports, industry, and military to receive recognition for mastering human factors techniques and technology solutions focused on human performance outcomes as well as the comfort and fit versus effectiveness expectation.

 

The successful completion of the Athlete Engineering Certificate will expand students' foundation and understanding of the utilization of human performance, processes, and analysis methodologies within their fields.

Inquire today about the possibilities of a future in athlete engineering.

Program Structure

The Athlete Engineering Certificate comprises 12 credit hours in different human performance, processes, and analysis fields, all originating out of Industrial & Systems Engineering but in classes that partner with other engineering disciplines and Kinesiology and Human Science experts and faculty. Students will be required to complete 12 credit hours for this certificate. Courses can be chosen from the options below as well as from new special topic courses that will be created specifically for this certificate.

Prerequisites

This is a graduate only certificate, and all applicants must have already completed a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admissions. Successful applicants must have a STEM undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Fields such as Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Information Systems, Kinesiology, and other Health-related subjects would be suitable as a background degree for this certificate program.

Students will be required to complete 12 credit hours for this certificate. Courses can be chosen from the options below.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
IE 6113 Human Factors Engineering 3
IE 8143 Applied Ergonomics Methods 3
IE 8153 Cognitive Engineering 3
IE 8163 Macroergonomics 3
IE 8583 Enterprise Systems Engineering 3
  *New electives as approved  

*New electives that are relevant to the Athlete Engineering Certificate curriculum and are approved by the academic point of contact will be added to this list to expand program offerings and depth.

Other Requirements

  • The Athlete Engineering Certificate is available only at the graduate level and must include all courses at the 6000-level or higher.
  • All students must have completed an undergraduate degree in a STEM or relevant discipline OR students must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and be able to demonstrate relevant work experience.
  • Students must earn a "C" grade or higher in all course work.
  • The director of the Athlete Engineering Certificate will evaluate transcripts and make recommendations for awarding the certificate.
  • Despite the certificate's interdisciplinary nature, the home department for the Athlete Engineering Certificate will be Industrial & Systems Engineering due to the required Human Factors components.
  • No course substitutions will be allowed.
  • All applicants will be reviewed by a certificate committee which will include the institutional contact.
  • The Athlete Engineering Certificate must be completed within two years.

Admissions Process

Graduate Admissions

Applications for the degree programs are reviewed three times a year. The application deadlines for those semesters are as follows:

  • Fall Semester – June 1
  • Spring Semester – November 1
  • Summer Semester – May 1
    1. Submit an online application. You will choose Athlete Engineering as your program of interest and Online Education as your campus.
    2. One official transcript showing bachelor’s degree or progress toward degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
    3. One official transcript showing ALL work after bachelor’s degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
      • Electronic transcripts should be sent to: gradapps@grad.msstate.edu Mississippi State University, Graduate School. Only one copy of an electronic transcript is required.
      • Paper Transcripts Address (USPS):
        Mississippi State University
        The Office of the Graduate School
        P.O. Box G
        Mississippi State, MS 39762
      • Physical Street Address (for DHL, Fed Ex, UPS, DHS, etc.):
        Mississippi State University
        The Office of the Graduate School
        175 President Circle
        116 Allen Hall
        Mississippi State, MS 39762
    4. Pay $60 non-refundable application processing fee

PLEASE NOTE

In general, students who are not admitted into a degree program are not eligible for student financial aid funds. For more information please visit Student Financial Aid to see if you will be eligible or not while taking courses for the Athlete Engineering Certificate.

Courses

IE 6113: Human Factors Engineering
(Prerequisite: Junior standing in engineering) Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Human capabilities and limitations affecting communications and responses in man-machine systems. Emphasis on physiological and psychological fundamentals.


IE 8143: Applied Ergonomics Methods
Three hours lecture. Provide practical usage and theoretical background of select tools for ergonomic evaluation of workers and workplaces, tasks, and environments using real-world scenarios.


IE 8153: Cognitive Engineering
Three hours lecture. Implications of human perceptual, cognitive, and psycho-motor capabilities on the design of systems for effective, efficient, and safe human-machine performance.


IE 8163: Macroergonomics
Three hours lecture. Provides a foundational review of Macrergonomics, examining the personnel, technological, and environmental factors influencing organizations. Addresses the relationship between macro-and micro- ergonomics.


IE 8583: Enterprise Systems Engineering
(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Focuses on the design and improvement of an enterprise through engineering tools and methods, based on the systems perspective of industrial engineering.

Academic Advising

After gaining admission to the university, you must contact your assigned advisor to determine the courses most appropriate to take. Before the upcoming semester, your advisor will send an email to your MSU email account, making course recommendations based on your program of study.

Mississippi State University uses email as its official means of communication with all MSU students. Please check your MSU email account (NetID@msstate.edu) daily. Information on setting up your MSU email can be found at the link for student services.

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Dr. Reuben Burch

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Jack Hatcher Chair, Associate Professor, and Associate Director of CAVS

Contact Information

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Daphne Knox

Online Education

  • Coordinator
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Tamra Swann

Engineering

  • Distance Education Coordinator
Headshot of Dr. Reuben Burch

Dr. Reuben Burch

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Jack Hatcher Chair, Associate Professor, and Associate Director of CAVS