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Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science in Modeling and Simulation

The Master of Science in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) program prepares students for careers as simulation professionals in government and industry, teachers of modeling and simulation at the high school or junior college level, and advanced graduate studies in modeling and simulation or related disciplines. The program of study includes a required set of core courses addressing M&S fundamentals and a set of approved elective courses facilitating a more detailed study of M&S fundamentals or addressing applications areas for M&S.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science program in M&S conforms to those of the School of Graduate for master’s degrees. Additional requirements include:
(1) A Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the physical or life sciences. Applicants with other than the above degrees may still be admitted and may be required to complete additional coursework as determined by the admissions committee.
(2) A minimum grade-point-average in undergraduate course work of 3.0/4.0 is required of most students. A student having a grade-point-average less than 3.0/4.0 and with evidence of a high level of professional capability may be eligible for admission upon submission of a petition to the graduate program coordinator.
(3) A minimum total score of 1000 on the verbal plus quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum score of 3.0 on the analytical writing portion.

Applicants are expected to have the following foundation knowledge for admission to the M.S. Program in Modeling and Simulation:
(1) Mathematics fundamentals including differential and integral calculus, and probability and statistics.
(2) Computer Science fundamentals including the algorithmic approach to problem solving, and proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java.

Students who do not meet the above requirements may petition the School of Graduate Studies and the Program Coordinator for conditional admission.

Degree Requirements

Two options are available for the master’s degree: The thesis option requires completion of 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis research, for a total of 30 credit hours. The non-thesis option requires completion of 33 credit hours of course work and a final comprehensive examination. The School of Graduate Studies policies on transfer courses and degree timelines apply.

Doctor of Philosophy in Modeling and Simulation

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program in Modeling and Simulation focuses on developing the necessary skills and knowledge to enable the graduate to conduct and evaluate independent original research in an area of modeling and simulation. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in teaching and research at academic institutions, as well as the conduct or leadership of research and development in public and private organizations.

Admission Requirements

a. Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) is granted in accordance with University of Alabama in Huntsville requirements for doctoral programs, as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Specific additional requirements for the Modeling and Simulation Program include the following:

(1) Completion of a
I. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the physical or life sciences.
or
II. Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the physical or life sciences.
Applicants with other than the above degrees may still be admitted and may be required to complete additional coursework as determined by the admissions committee.

(2) A minimum grade-point-average of 3.5/4.0. A student having a graduate coursework grade-point-average, greater than 3.3/4.0 and with evidence of a high level of professional capability may be eligible for admission upon submission of a petition to the graduate program coordinator.

(3) A minimum total score of 1000 on the verbal plus quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a minimum score of 3.0 on the analytical writing portion.

4) Three letters of recommendation: At least two of the letters should be from faculty in the highest degree program completed when the application is made within five years of graduation from that program.

(5) A complete resume and a statement of purpose, goals and objectives related to the intended doctoral program of study are required.

b. Applicants are expected to have the following foundation knowledge for admission to the Ph.D. Program in M&S:

(1) Mathematics fundamentals including differential and integral calculus, and probability and statistics. (2) Computer Science fundamentals including the algorithmic approach to problem solving, and proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as C++ or Java.

Students who do not meet the above requirements may petition the School of Graduate Studies and the Program Coordinator for conditional admission.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 54 hours of graduate courses and 18 hours of dissertation research are required for the Ph.D. degree in M&S, and must be included in the student’s Program of Study. Transfer credit from a master’s degree program is subject to approval by the admissions committee and the School of Graduate Studies. The Program of Study must be formally approved by the graduate dean, the graduate program coordinator and the student’s dissertation supervisory committee.

Preliminary Examination
The Preliminary Exam is used to assess the student’s ability to pursue the Ph.D. in M&S. Students should plan on taking the exam when they have completed the M&S prerequisite foundation courses, and before completing 9 credits of doctoral courses. Successful completion of six of the following seven exam topic areas is required: M&S fundamentals; discrete event simulation; probability and statistics; computer graphics; artificial intelligence; systems engineering; and software engineering. This exam may only be repeated once.

Qualifying Examination and Dissertation
The Qualifying Exam is designed to assess the student’s preparation to successfully conduct dissertation research. It is normally taken at the completion of the course work in the Program of Study, and is conducted in two distinct stages. The first stage is a demonstration, through written and oral examination, that the student is proficient in the subject matter in the Program of Study. This stage may be attempted no more than twice and must be passed before progressing to the second stage. The second stage of the Qualifying Exam is the dissertation proposal, where the student prepares a written report and makes a subsequent oral presentation describing the proposed dissertation research. Both the dissertation topic and the expected approach to the problem solution must be clearly delineated to the committee’s satisfaction in order for a pass to be granted. The dissertation proposal may be attempted no more than twice. Upon completion and approval of the dissertation by the supervisory committee, the student must present and defend it in a public forum. The qualifying exam must be successfully completed in order to be admitted to candidacy.

Ph.D. Residency Requirements
According to The School of Graduate Studies policy, residency may be established by (i) being enrolled as a full-time student (at least 9 graduate semester hours) either for one continuous academic year, or for Spring and Fall semesters in the same calendar year, or (ii) being enrolled in at least 6 hours of graduate course work in at least three of four consecutive semesters.

Other Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree
The program must be completed within five years after admission to candidacy. MOD 799 is required each semester a student is receiving direction on the doctoral dissertation.