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Modeling & Simulation in International Studies (Graduate Certificate)

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.

Modeling & Simulation in International Studies (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Modeling & Simulation in International Studies at ODU like?

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.

Program Highlights


What makes Modeling & Simulation in International Studies at ODU unique?

  • Free-standing certificate or as part of an earned master’s degree

  • Emphasis on development of practical skills

  • Individualized curriculum

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Graduates of this certificate program might find work in goverment contracting, industry analysis or intelligence analysis.

Wondering what you can do with a degree from ODU's this program? 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.

Intelligence Analysts

$83,320

MEDIAN SALARY


Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

Social Science Research Assistants

$49,030

MEDIAN SALARY


Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.

Courses


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

MSIM 601:
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation


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.

MSIM 772:
Modeling Global Events


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.

IS 762:
Game Theory


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.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling & Simulation in International Studies at ODU?

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.

 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

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.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Contact


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Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs


Name:

Regina Karp


Location:

7047 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5702


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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