Master of Science Program

The Masters program is a two-year, eight-quarter program whose core covers the fundamentals of modeling and simulation.  Students with knowledge in the core competences can complete the program in as little as 12 months.  For students who have not been in an academic environment for an extended period or who lack a technical undergraduate degree with above-average performance, a twelve-week refresher is offered and highly recommended.

The degree content is guided by the Educational Skill Requirements (ESR) which are approved by the degree sponsor, the Navy Modeling and Simulation Office.

MOVES Master of Science Degree Requirements

Twelve-week refresher quarter (optional)

Course requirements

Thesis requirement

Typical 24-month M&S degree program

This course matrix is not meant to restrict student flexibility. Contact the MOVES Program Officer or Academic Associate for additional information.

Validation of core courses is encouraged. To validate courses, contact the course coordinator (this is listed in Python). Students who validate classes have the opportunity to take additional elective courses and/or directed study. A directed study is a course which covers material not found in a regular course and is not related to the student's thesis.

First-year matrix

COURSES SEMINARS
Refresher Summer (Winter) CSR-100
(2-2)
Refresher for Beginning Programming
MA-2025
(4-1)
Logic and Discrete Mathematics I

MA-1113
(4-0)
Single Variable Calculus I1
MA-1114
(4-0)
Single Variable Calculus II with Matrix Algebra1

Quarter 1
Fall (Spring)

CS-2071
(4-2)
Fundamental Object-Oriented Programming in C++
OS-3111
(4-0)
Probability & Statistics for HSI and MOVES2
MA-3042
(4-0)
Linear
Algebra

MV-3101
(4-0)
Introduction to Department of Defense Modeling and Simulation

MV-2921
(2-0)
Introduction to MOVES
Quarter 2
Winter (Summer)
CS-2173
(4-2)
Java as a Second Language

OS-3113
(4-1)
Data Analysis for HSI and MOVES2

MV-3202
(3-2)
Introduction to Computer Graphics

MV-4002
(4-1)
Simulation and Training

MV-3922
(2-0)
Introduction to Virtual Environment Technology
Quarter 3
Spring (Fall)
CS-3004
(3-2)
Human-Computer Interaction

OS-3112
(4-2)
Statistics & Design of Experiments2

MV-3203
(3-2)
Graphical Simulation

CS-3310
(4-1)
Artificial Intelligence

MV-3923
(0-2)
Introduction to Research in MOVES
Quarter 4
Summer (Winter)
MV-3302
(4-1)
Intro to Discrete Event Modeling
OS-3311
(4-0)
Probability Models for Military Applications2
MV-3500
(3-2)
Internetwork Communications and Simulation
OA/MV-4655
(4-0)
Introduction to Joint Combat Modeling
MV-4924
(0-2)
Research Seminar in MOVES

Validation of core courses is encouraged. To validate courses, contact the course coordinator (this is listed in Python). Students who validate classes have the opportunity to take additional elective courses and/or directed study. A directed study is a course which covers material not found in a regular course and is not related to the student's thesis.

NOTES
  1. For students entering with a recent calculus background, MA1115 "Multivariable Calculus" and MA1116 "Vector Calculus" will be taken in the refresher quarter
  2. For students entering with a recent calculus background, OA3101, OA3102, OA3103 and OA3301 are taken for the probability, statistics and stochastic models sequence

Second-year matrix

Courses in the second year (other than the two Core Courses) should be tailored around completing concentration block requirements and other thesis requirements. Concentration blocks should be selected based on anticipated future assignments, thesis requirements and student interest.  The thesis advisor should serve as the primary source for recommending concentration blocks and tailoring the matrix as needed.

COURSES

SEMINARS

Quarter 5
Fall
(Spring)

MN-3331
(5-1)
Principles of Acquisition and Program Management3
Concentration Area I Concentration Area II Concentration Area III MV-4924
(0-2)
Research Seminar in MOVES

Quarter 6
Winter
(Summer)

Concentration Area I Concentration Area I Concentration Area II Concentration Area III MV-4924
(0-2)
Research Seminar in MOVES

Quarter 7
Spring
(Fall)
MV-0810
Thesis Research
Concentration Area II

Elective4

Concentration Area III

MV-4924
(0-2)
Research Seminar in MOVES
Quarter 8
Summer
(Winter)
MV-0810
Thesis Research
MV-0810
Thesis Research
MV-4460
(4-0)
Management of Modeling & Simulation Development
Elective4 MV-4924
(0-2)
Research Seminar in MOVES

NOTES

  1. Non-DoD students will instead take GB3031 "Principles of Acquisition Management"
  2. For USN taking JPME, one elective will be one of the four required JPME courses.

Concentration Areas

Students are required to take three Concentration Blocks, no more than two from either Group A or B.  All Concentration Blocks consist of three courses, typically two required and one elective chosen with assistance from the thesis advisor.  A course may only count towards one block. The JPME Concentration Block is only available to Navy students and has four required courses. All US Army students must take the Systems Engineering block. The thesis advisor is the primary point of contact for selecting blocks and electives.


Check Projected MOVES Course Offerings for when MV courses are projected to be offered.  The quarter a course has historically been offered follows the course name (1 - Fall, 2 - Winter, 3 - Spring, 4 - Summer).

Group A

A1. Combat Modeling - Coordinator: Tom Lucas

Required courses

Recommended electives

A2. Visual Simulation - Coordinator: Mathias Kölsch

Choose any three:

A3. Agents & Cognitive Modeling - Coordinator: Chris Darken

Required courses

Recommended electives

A4. Discrete Event Modeling & Analysis - Coordinator: Arnie Buss

Required courses

Recommended electives

Group B

B1. Human Factors & Training - Coordinator: Mike McCauley

Required courses

Recommended electives

B2. Systems Engineering & Acquisition - Coordinator: Gene Paulo

Note: Required of all US Army students - Available to others
Required courses

Recommended electives

B3. JPME (Joint Professional Military Education)

Note: Required for non-JPME-qualified US Navy students - Not available to others
Required courses (all four are required)