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Modeling & Simulation Engineering (Engineering, M.S.)

Further your background in modeling and simulation with a master of science degree. 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 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 program's subject core consists of: an overview of modeling and simulation; an in-depth exploration of specific simulation methodological approaches; simulation system modeling principles and techniques; an introduction to computer visualization and visual simulation; and principles of stochastic analysis. 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.

Modeling & Simulation Engineering (Engineering, M.S.)


Description


What is Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU like?

Further your background in modeling and simulation with a master of science degree. 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 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 program's subject core consists of: an overview of modeling and simulation; an in-depth exploration of specific simulation methodological approaches; simulation system modeling principles and techniques; an introduction to computer visualization and visual simulation; and principles of stochastic analysis. 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.

Program Highlights


What makes Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU unique?

  • Program offers two options: thesis option and course option. The thesis option requires six hours of thesis credit and 24 hours of course credit and it is directed primarily at full-time students who are preparing for a career in advanced M&S research and/or academic positions. The course option requires 30 hours of course credit and it is focused on developing the practical skills and knowledge needed to solve problems requiring applications of modeling and simulation. The Course Optionis further divided into two tracks: Development Track and Application Track. The Development Track is programming intensive and prepares students for advanced simulation development, while the Application Track focuses on the usage of existing advanced simulation tools.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Software Developers, Applications

$106,710

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Computer Hardware Engineers

$119,650

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Aerospace Engineers

$115,300

MEDIAN SALARY


Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

$106,760

MEDIAN SALARY


Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

CISCO, ESRI, MathWorks, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center

Courses


What are some courses offered in Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU?

MSIM 508:
Introduction to Game Development


Requires an understanding of physics and either CS 361 or MSIM 331. An introductory course focused on game development theory and modern practices with emphasis on educational game development. Topics include game architecture, computer graphics theory, user interaction, audio, high level shading language, animation, physics, and artificial intelligence. The developed games can run on a variety of computer, mobile, and gaming platforms.

MSIM 603:
Simulation Design


Course develops the computer software skills necessary for the design and development of simulation software. Topics covered include software architectures, software engineering, software design, object-oriented programming, abstract data types and classes, data structures, algorithms, and testing and debugging techniques. Software design and development of simulation systems (discrete-event, continuous, and Monte Carlo) are emphasized. Prerequisite: MSIM 602 and an introductory computer programming course.

MSIM 607:
Machine Learning I


Course provides a practical treatment of design, analysis, implementation and applications of algorithms. Topics include multiple learning models: linear models, neural networks, support vector machines, instance-based learning, Bayesian learning, genetic algorithms, ensemble learning, reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning, etc. (Cross listed with ECE 607)

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Modeling & Simulation Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

The Master's Degree in Modeling and Simulation is designed for students having bachelor's degrees in Engineering, Science or Mathematics, although students from other educational backgrounds may apply with appropriate leveling courses. Prerequisites for admission include: mathematics - two courses in differential and integral calculus and one course in calculus-based probability and statistics; and computer science - algorithmic problem solving using a high-level object-oriented programming language such as C++.

  • A completed graduate application form

  • A resume and statement of academic goals and objectives

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended

  • Recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing tests (GRE letters required of MS application thesis option only)

  • Two letters of recommendation from previous university instructors or employment supervisors (recommendation letters required of MS application thesis option only)

  • A minimum GPA of 2.80 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the undergraduate major are required. Students with notable deficiencies may be considered for provisional admission and will be required to complete prerequisite course requirements in addition to the graduate degree requirements. Job experience and training may be considered in evaluating prerequisite requirements.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

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International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

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