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Modeling & Simulation (Engineering, Ph.D.)

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Modeling & Simulation

Further your background and expertise with a PhD in modeling and simulation. This is a rigorous research program designed to train individuals for careers in teaching and research in the public or private sector. Students will have the opportunity to work with our faculty on research projects and gain experience solving real world problems.

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Students who enroll in the Ph.D. - M&S program full-time are eligible to apply for financial assistance. The most common forms of financial assistance for Ph.D. - M&S students are the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) and the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). Both of these assistantships often carry an associated Tuition Waiver. Other special assistantships and fellowships may be available; interested students are encouraged to discuss financial aid opportunities with the department's graduate program director at the time of application to the program.

A full-time Graduate Teaching Assistantship normally consists of 20 hours per week of assigned duties designed to assist in the delivery of the department's teaching workload. Duties may include instruction in undergraduate courses and laboratories, assignment grading in undergraduate or graduate courses, and assisting faculty develop new course and program materials. The full-time GTA assignment carries a stipend of $8,000 per academic term and $7,000 during the summer term. Appointments are normally made for one term at a time and generally are renewed if the GTA's performance is good and academic progress towards degree completion is satisfactory.

A full-time Graduate Research Assistantship normally consists of 20 hours per week of assigned duties conducted in support of an ongoing research project. Duties may include conducting background research and literature reviews, conducting experiments and analyzing the resulting data, assisting with the conceptual investigation of a research topic, and assisting in writing research reports and documentation. Frequently, the student's dissertation research is a by-product and extension of this activity. The full-time GRA appointment carries a stipend of $8,000 per academic term and $7,000 during the summer term. Appointments are normally made for one term at a time and generally are renewed if the GRA's performance is good, academic progress towards degree completion is satisfactory, and funding sources supporting the research continue to be available.

GTA and GRA appointments normally are accompanied by a tuition waiver valued at 100% of the cost of tuition and fees. The amount of the tuition waiver is usually limited to some specified maximum number of credits each term.
Students interested in GTA and GRA appointments should discuss this opportunity with the graduate program director during the application process. The number of available awards is limited and the awards are made on a competitive basis.
The MSVE Department is not able to provide financial assistance to part-time students or students who are employed outside the department.


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 Department of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Modeling and Simulation (Ph.D.-M&S). The Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation Program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct and critically evaluate independent, original research in an area of modeling and simulation. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in teaching and research at the university level, as well as the conduct or leadership of research and development in public and private organizations. The Ph.D. degree is the ultimate degree challenge offered by academia.


Next Steps & Admission

  • Master's degree in an engineering or science discipline closely related modeling and simulation
  • A minimum grade-point-average in graduate course work of 3.5 (4.0 scale)
  • Kowledge of mathematical fundamentals including differential and integral calculus, ordinary differential equations, calculus-based probability and statistics, and linear algebra
  • Knowledge of computer sciences fundamentals including an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or JAVA algorithmic problem solving, and data structures

Application Dates

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

Application Requirements

Tests GRE
Recommendations 3
Essay Yes (portfolio optional) and resume
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