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Modeling & Simulation (Engineering, M.S.)

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

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Master of Science in Modeling & Simulation

Further your background in modeling and simulation with a master of science degree. This 30 credit hour graduate degree program requires a thesis and is designed for those who plan on pursuing full-time study at the University. 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 & Visulization 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.

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Students who enroll in the MS-M&S program full-time are eligible to apply for financial assistance. The most common form of financial assistance for MS-M&S students is the Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) and associated Tuition Waiver. Other special assistantships and fellowships may be available; interested students should discuss their financial aid requirements with the graduate program director at the time of application to the program.

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 thesis research is a by-product of this activity. The full-time GRA appointment carries a stipend of $7,000 per academic term and $6,000 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.

GRA appointments normally are accompanied by a tuition waiver valued at 61% of the cost of tuition and fees. The amount of the tuition waiver usually is limited to some specified maximum number of credits each term.

Students interested in GRA appointments should discuss this opportunity with the graduate program director during the application process. They also are encouraged to explore GRA opportunities with faculty with whom they share research interests. The number of available GRA 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 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 Science (MS) in Modeling and Simulation requires six hours of thesis credit and 24 hours of course credit for a total of 30 credit hours. The MS program is directed primarily at full-time students who are preparing for a career in advanced M&S research and/or academic positions.

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 Assistanship
Domestic June 1
November 1 March 1
International April 15
October 1 February 1

Application Dates

Tests GRE
Essay Yes (portfolio optional) and resume
Transcripts From all prior institutions
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