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Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation Engineering is designed for those who meet the admission requirements of the modeling and simulation master's program 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 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 the master's degree in modeling and simulation.

Certificate Requirements Effective Fall 2013

Course Credits
MSIM 601 - Introduction to Modeling and Simulation 3 credits
MSIM 602 - Simulation Fundamentals 3 credits

One course from the following below:

  • MSIM 510 - Model Engineering
  • MSIM 541 - Computer Graphics and Visualization
  • MSIM 551 - Analysis for M&S
  • MSIM 603 - Simulation Design
3 credits
MSIM Elective - An approved graduate level elective course 3 credits

An overall GPA of 3.0 or better is required to earn the certificate.


Students should have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and should have a mathematical background through calculus, along with a calculus based probability and statistics course. Students should submit a graduate non-degree application through the Office of Admissions, and then submit a departmental application with copies of unofficial transcripts from all previous coursework to the MSVE Department. Students who are currently pursuing a degree (i.e., degree seeking) at ODU do NOT need to submit a non-degree application; they should only submit a departmental application.  Departmental applications are available below - and should be sent to:
Academic Advisor and Program Manager
MSVE Department
Old Dominion University
1300 Engineering and Computational Sciences Building
Norfolk, VA 23529
Departmental Application to the Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation Engineering (Fillable PDF Document)

NOTE:  The graduate certificate in modeling and simulation engineering is not a "certification" in modeling and simulation.  Those interested in seeking a certification as a modeling and simulation professional should visit the Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) website which is offered by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA).