M.Sc. On Campus

Modeling and Simulation

University of Central Florida

12 months
1194 USD/credit 35820 USD/year
1194 USD/credit 35820 USD/year
369 USD/credit 11070 USD/year
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The purpose of Modeling and Simulation program of University of Central Florida is to teach students to evaluate the behavior of the human, organization, equipment, and/or systems under study through the evaluation of output from the corresponding simulation construct.


Simulation is the quintessential utility tool. In one way or another, just about every engineering or scientific field uses simulation as an exploration, modeling, or analysis technique. Simulation is not limited to engineering or science. Simulation is used in training, management, and concept exploration and involves constructing human-centered, equipment-centered, and/or stand-alone computer-based models of existing as well as conceptual systems or processes.

Career Prospects

Because of the scale and complexity of modeling and simulation, practitioners have developed both generalized and specialized skills.

Input from industry and government M&S researchers and practitioners has been instrumental in identifying the key competencies for M&S professionals and has been critical to the development of this program. The curriculum of the Modeling and Simulation program of University of Central Florida is designed to provide a broad overall perspective of the developing simulation industry and an awareness of the economic considerations. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the diverse training necessary to enable them to work in varied capacities in government agencies, or in the defense, service, entertainment, and manufacturing industries.

Graduates of the Modeling and Simulation MS degree program will:

  • have an interdisciplinary core body of knowledge on modeling approaches, human factors, computing infrastructure, and visual representation and will be capable of critically reviewing the literature in the field; 
  • have developed the capacity to solve complex problems by building simulation models, designing and carrying out experiments, collecting data, analyzing results, and managing M&S programs; and
  • be able to clearly communicate their findings to their peers.

Students in the Modeling and Simulation graduate program have often focused their study and research efforts in one or more of the following research areas:

Behavioral Cybersecurity

The Behavioral Cybersecurity in M&S research area has attracted those who wish to gain expertise in the latent cognitive aspects of security for computer systems, servers, mobile devices, networks, software, and network-enabled devices.  Typical problem areas for behavioral aspects of cybersecurity include insider threats, hacker motivations, user training and education, digital ethics, cyber law and policy, senior leader education, and cyber workforce development and education.  Typical courses include Behavioral Aspects of Cybersecurity, Cyber Operations Lab, Emerging Cyber Issues, Digital Ethics, Human Cognition and Learning, Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice, and Data Mining Methodology I.  

Human Systems

The Human Systems in M&S research area has attracted those who wish to gain expertise in the content and techniques of human behavior in simulation systems, including human factors, human-computer interaction, virtual worlds, statistical and quantitative procedures, experimental design, computer techniques, and other research methodologies. Typical problem areas for R&D include human-in-the-loop simulation; team performance under stress; and use of visual, audio, haptic, and other sensory input/output modalities to coordinate human-machine activities. Typical courses include Human Factors, Training Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent Simulation, and Distributed Learning.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Foundations of Modeling and Simulation
  • Perspectives on Modeling and Simulation
  • Simulation Techniques
  • Understanding Humans for Modeling and Simulation
  • Research Design for Modeling and Simulation
  • Simulation Research Methods and Practicum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal statement - The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1194 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    35820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1194 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 369 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Orlando

1111 - 1939 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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