About this Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering with a Major in Modeling and Simulation Engineering. The Modeling and Simulation Engineering Major will prepare students as modeling and simulation engineers of engineering systems with analog and digital hardware components and software aspects at its technical core with the advantage to extend the knowledge to other applications in engineering and the sciences. Students will gain skills necessary to create a concept or a design and testing it in real-world conditions through graphical and mathematical models, virtual reality simulations, software development, and data analysis.

Program Highlights

  • Old Dominion University is the first and only university in the nation to offer an undergraduate major in modeling and simulation engineering.

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Medical Modeling and Simulation; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; and Collaborative Autonomous Systems.

  • Advanced coursework in various topics include Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics Engineering, Gaming, and Medical Modeling and Simulation.

  • The major couples with a strong research program conducted jointly with ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), located nearby in Suffolk. Researchers are working in cutting-edge areas such as unmanned aircraft systems, medical and health care modeling and simulation, high-performance computing, big data, Virtual & Augmented Reality, and transportation systems.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
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.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

$91,080 Median Salary

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

Video Game Designers

$91,080 Median Salary

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

Software Developers

$110,140 Median Salary

Research, design, and develop computer and network software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. Update software or enhance existing software capabilities. May work with computer hardware engineers to integrate hardware and software systems, and develop specifications and performance requirements. May maintain databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team.

Computer Systems Analysts

$92,740 Median Salary

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems. Analyze user requirements, procedures, and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and scheduling limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

Alumni Careers

Raytheon Technologies
Newport News Shipbuilding - Huntington Ingalls Industries
Northrop Grumman
Booz Allen Hamilton


What are the requirements to apply for Modeling and Simulation Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Modeling and Simulation Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • The Office of Admissions evaluates and admits freshmen based on high school performance, references and SAT scores. All incoming freshman engineering students are admitted to the Engineering Fundamentals Division

  • The ECE Department will officially declare a student as a computer engineering student once the following requirements are met:

    • Completion of 30 credit hours applicable to your major
    • Grade of "C" or above in MATH 211 & MATH 212
    • Completion of Engineering Fundamental courses (Calculus I & II, Calculus-based Physics, Chemistry, and introductory engineering courses)
  • The ECE department works closely with local community colleges to develop transfer articulation agreements so that students who complete pre-engineering associate of science degrees can transfer seamlessly to the MSE major.  


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


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.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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


The Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering offers its undergraduate students seven department-exclusive scholarships, including The Hope and Faith Garcia Modeling and Simulation Engineering Scholarship which was established to assist undergraduate students majoring in modeling, and simulation engineering (BSMSE) who hold a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to members of the ODU Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The recipient(s) must be enrolled at least half-time or enrolled in co-op education/intern position. Other scholarships may be found here.


Academic Coord & Prog Mgr

NORFOLK, 23529

Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529