About this Program

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

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

  • Emphasis on development of practical skills

  • Individualized curriculum

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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.  


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

Ways to Save

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Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs

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