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A number of connections have been built between ODU’s Graduate Program in International Studies (GPIS) and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. The M&S in international studies certificate can be pursued by students in several ways, with courses selected in close consultation with the M&S track coordinator. Modeling and simulation in the social sciences generally, and in international studies particularly, takes several different forms, including statistical modeling, formal modeling/game theory, simulation/agent-based modeling, geographic/spatial modeling, network analysis, and event simulation exercises.
Free-standing certificate or as part of an earned master’s degree
Emphasis on development of practical skills
Graduates of this certificate program might find work in goverment contracting, industry analysis or intelligence analysis.
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Modeling and simulation |MandS) discipline surveyed at an overview level of detail. Basic terminology, modeling methods, and simulation paradigms are introduced. Applications of MandS in various disciplines are discussed. The course provides a general conceptual framework for those interested in using MandS and for further studies in MandS. Not open to MSVE degree seeking students. Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate exposure to calculus and probability and statistics.
Modeling Global Events introduces modeling and simulation as a tool for expanding our understanding of events that have shaped the global environment of the 21st century. Students will review real-world case studies and then analyze these case studies via system dynamics, agent-based, social network, and game theory modeling paradigms. This course is designed to develop empirical research skills, conceptual modeling expertise, and model construction. Students will understand how to analyze, verify, and validate a model.
Game theory uses mathematical models, empirical investigation, and simulations in an effort to explain simple and complex strategic interactions among individuals, states, groups, and species. This course teaches the tools of game theory, with a focus on applications in international relations and political science.
Students entering the Certificate program in Modeling & Simulation in International Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Twelve credit hours are required to complete the certificate.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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