About this Program

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.

Program Highlights

  • Modeling and Simulation Engineering is creating a design or hypothesis and testing it in real-world conditions through: Graphical and Mathematical Models, Virtual Reality Simulations, Serious Gaming, Computer Programming, 3-D Printed Models, Statistical Analysis

  • Internships in areas related to the program are available

  • Students are encouraged to assist with faculty research projects and to present their own research at regional, national and international professional communication associations

  • Opportunities to develop study abroad programs are available

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

Computer Programmers

$87,530 Median Salary

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

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.

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

$91,080 Median Salary

Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.

Web Developers

$74,110 Median Salary

Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Modeling & Simulation Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

The Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation is designed for those with engineering and computer science related backgrounds who wish to broaden their knowledge of modeling and simulation related principles and practices without pursuing a graduate degree. This is a 12 credit hour non-degree program offered by the Department of Modeling Simulation and Visualization Engineering. The graduate certificate program is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking graduate students. Courses taken for the certificate program may later be applied to a master's degree in modeling and simulation.

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution 

  • Mathematical background through calculus, along with a calculus based probability and statistics course

  • Submit a graduate non-degree application through the Office of Admissions

  • Submit a departmental application with copies of unofficial transcripts from all previous coursework to the MSVE Department


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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