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

  • Opportunity to work with faculty on research projects and gain experience solving real world problems

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Modeling and Simulation Engineering
Delivery Modes


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.

Architectural and Engineering Managers

$146,290 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Microsystems Engineers

$99,310 Median Salary

Research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

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.

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

$109,830 Median Salary

Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling & Simulation Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Modeling & Simulation Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Master's degree in an engineering or science discipline closely related modeling and simulation

  • A minimum grade-point-average in graduate course work of 3.5 (4.0 scale)

  • Kowledge of mathematical fundamentals including differential and integral calculus, ordinary differential equations, calculus-based probability and statistics, and linear algebra

  • Knowledge of computer sciences fundamentals including an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or JAVA algorithmic problem solving, and data structures


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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