Certificate Program in Ergonomics - FAQ

Why do students pursue the non-degree certificate?

Students who wish to pursue course work at NYU, but desire only to take a few courses for academic or professional development may apply as non-degree or certificate applicants. Non-degree course work may be useful to those working in the field and are responsible for occupational health & safety and/or ergonomic program management, for whom a few courses may provide beneficial skill sets.

Who are our students?

Students attracted to the ERBI program come from all over the world with varied backgrounds such as medicine, physical and occupational therapy, occupational health, environmental health, allied health, basic medical science, engineering, industrial design, safety and health, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, psychology, physics and kinesiology. Our students are bright and inquisitive and demonstrate the ability to engage in creative multidisciplinary problem solving.

Who are the faculty members?

The ERBI faculty is an internationally recognized group of experts in the fields of ergonomics and biomechanics. The faculty conducts and publishes numerous studies in these and related fields. Faculty members are active researchers and offer students research assistant opportunities.

Can I work full time and pursue this degree?

Most of our courses begin at 5:30 p.m. and meet once a week. However, as a full time student you will be required to take 12 credits (3 courses, 3 nights a week) which requires extra time to respond to the academic load.

How long will it take to earn a degree?

The certificate program's student may take a year to pursue the non-degree certificate.

If I enroll in the advanced certificate program, can I then decide to continue on for a Master’s degree?

After completing the advanced certificate program, you can reapply to the Master’s program. Your acceptance will be based on the qualifications set forth by NYU and the ERBI department. If you are accepted within a timeframe determined acceptable by the ERBI faculty, the credits already earned can be transferred toward your degree. 

Why do students pursue the non-degree certificate?

Students who wish to pursue course work at NYU, but desire only to take a few courses for academic or professional development may apply as non-degree or certificate applicants. Non-degree course work may be useful to those working in the field who are responsible for occupational health & safety and/or ergonomic program management, for whom a few courses may provide beneficial skill sets.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Ali Sheikhzadeh, PhD - 212-255-6690 / 212-652-1934