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Modeling & Simulation (Engineering, M.E.)

Degree Level: Graduate
College: Engineering & Technology
Major : Engineering
Department: Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering
Degree Earned: Master of Engineering
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Master of Engineering in Modeling & Simulation

Further your background in modeling and simulation with a master of engineering degree. This 30 credit hour graduate degree program and is designed for those who plan on pursuing part-time study at the University and at a distance. Our program prepares students for careers as simulation professionals in government and industry, teachers of modeling and simulation at the high school or junior college level, and for advanced graduate study in modeling and simulation or other related disciplines.

The Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering Department

The MSVE Department is located on the first floor of the E. V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building on the Old Dominion University Norfolk Campus. In addition to the department and faculty offices, this facility also houses several instructional and research laboratories, a virtual reality theater, and a four-walled C.A.V.E. (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment). A significant resource to the department is the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center located adjacent to the University's Tri-Cities Higher Education Center in Suffolk, Virginia. VMASC occupies a two-story 60,000 square foot building designed to support state-of-the-art research in modeling, simulation and visualization. Some of the center's facilities are used in the department's educational programs; in addition, VMASC researchers teach courses and mentor students in the department's academic programs.

Related Experiences

Computer Lab

The MSVE department also offers an ME online degree in Modeling and Simulation via the Blackboard Academic Suite that provides online lectures, homework submissions, examinations, discussion boards, wikis, video/audio collaboration sessions and grading. Students having access to reliable high speed internet service can connect and participate in engaging discussion and distributed asynchronous learning with the instructor and other students. All course materials are distributed and collected electronically. Students located in the Hampton Roads region may utilize live courses to fulfill the elective course requirement with approval from the MSVE graduate program director.


Modeling and simulation job opportunities include:

  • Designing and manufacturing simulation-based team training systems for the medical field, military training and mission rehearsal;
  • Designing and building computer games for education and entertainment;
  • Analyzing land use and transportation system designs; and,
  • Enhancing and improving complex social networks.

Classes & Requirements

The master's degree in modeling and simulation (M&S) emphasizes a strong, common subject core while providing the student with the flexibility to design a plan of study to meet each individual's study objectives and needs. The purpose of the program's subject core is to provide a common academic foundation for all simulation students. Thus, all students in this program will have grounding in the same methods, principles, and philosophy of simulation. This provides the mechanisms for the simulationist to work across disciplines and domains while maintaining a common frame of reference for communication, technical specialization, and advanced study and research. The Master of Engineering (ME) in Modeling and Simulation requires 30 hours of course credit. The ME program is focused on developing the practical skills and knowledge needed to solve problems requiring applications of modeling and simulation.

The program's subject core consists of:

  1. an overview of modeling and simulation;
  2. an in-depth exploration of specific simulation methodological approaches;
  3. simulation system modeling principles and techniques;
  4. an introduction to computer visualization and visual simulation; and,
  5. principles of stochastic analysis.

Next Steps & Admission

Application Dates

Fall Spring Summer Financial Assistantship
Domestic June 1
November 1
March 1
International April 15
October 1
February 1

Application Requirements


GRE (Waived if undergraduate GPA is a 2.80 or higher)

Recommendations 2
Essay Yes (portfolio optional) and resume
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