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This program has been suspended and is not accepting applications effective with the Fall 2016 term. The Professional Science Master's (PSM) track in the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Master of Science (MS) program is a course of study designed for working professionals and full-time students who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the growing field of modeling and simulation. This degree can be pursued either full-time or part-time. The track’s goal is to fill an important niche for training early- to mid-level technical professionals with interest in the field of modeling and simulation, and to meet strong workforce demands from the Central Florida region, the state of Florida and the nation.


Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The curriculum of the Professional Science Master’s track in the Modeling and Simulation MS program has been designed in part using valuable input from leaders in various industrial and governmental sectors of the modeling and simulation communities. Students are required to complete courses in modeling and simulation technical sciences, and business management and/or entrepreneurship. Students may then consider elective courses in highly relatable industries depending upon their career aspirations and graduate program advising.

The PSM track in the Modeling and Simulation MS program requires the completion of 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. At least 18 credit hours of courses must be at the 6000 level. The capstone requirement for this PSM track is fulfilled by students completing a 3-credit-hour graduate internship.

Required Courses—24 Credit Hours

Required Technical Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6147 Perspectives on Modeling and Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6146 Modeling and Simulation Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ESI 5531 Discrete Systems Simulation (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5140 Project Engineering (3 credit hours)

Required Business Management/ Entrepreneurial Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students may choose any combination of courses between General Business/ Management and Entrepreneurship to fulfill this requirement. Other courses not on the list may be considered for approval by the Graduate Program Director. All such requests must be made in advance of enrolling in the course.

General Business/ Management
  • EIN 5108 The Environment of Technical Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • EIN 5356 Cost Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6058 Job Analysis and Performance Appraisal (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6317 Work Motivation and Job Attitudes (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6605 Training and Team Performance (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6245 Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6305 Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6448 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
  • MAR 6466 Strategic Supply Chain and Operations Management (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 5516 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)*
  • GEB 6115 Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • GEB 6116 Business Plan Formation (3 credit hours)*
  • GEB 6518 Strategic Innovation (3 credit hours)*

Students who successfully complete the three GEB courses marked with an asterisk (*) are eligible to receive the 9-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures. These three courses focus on the successful development of the knowledge and skills needed to commercialize science and technology research. Those students interested in business opportunities enabled by scientific and technological innovations will find the coursework involving intellectual property issues, innovation commercialization processes, technology business strategies and business plan formation invaluable to their success.

Students desiring to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Technology Ventures must apply for the certificate program prior to enrolling in the third GEB course in order to be awarded the graduate certificate.

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

Students should carefully select electives with the guidance of a faculty adviser. Elective choices should be made with the intent to strengthen a professional interest and/or area of focus in order to meet the individual student's educational and professional goals and objectives.

Listed below are suggested courses in various areas of focus or specialization. These course groupings are mere guides, are not exhaustive, and are only meant to assist with advising and course selection in order to meet the individual student's educational goals and objectives. They are not intended to restrict elective choices among focus areas as we strongly encourage M&S PSM students to maintain an interdisciplinary approach to their graduate studies.

If a student identifies another UCF course that may be of value to his/her M&S interests, but is not already identified in a list below, he/she may request approval from the Graduate Program Director for the course to be used as an elective in the Graduate Plan of Study. All such requests must be made in advance of enrolling in the course.

Government/ Defense Contracting
  • EIN 6528 Simulation Based Life Cycle Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
Instructional Design for Entertainment and Education
  • DIG 5137 Information Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6836 Design and Development for Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Dynamic Media (3 credit hours)
  • EME 6614 Instructional Game Design for Training and Education (3 credit hours)
  • ENC 6426 Visual Texts and Technology (3 credit hours)
Health Services Systems
  • HSA 6119 Health Care Organization and Management (3 credit hours) - offered Spring
  • PHC 6000 Epidemiology (3 credit hours) - offered Summer
  • HSC 6636 Issues and Trends in the Health Professions (3 credit hours) - offered every semester
Nonprofit/ Public Policy
  • PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5041 Ethics and Values in Public Administration (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)

Internship—3 Credit Hours

  • IDS 6946 Graduate Internship (3 credit hours)

Additionally, all students pursuing the Professional Science Master's must enroll in the following course: 

  • IDS 5949 Co-op Ed/Work Experience (0 credit hours)

Students must register for IDS 6946 and IDS 5949 simultaneously. Students must complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Modeling and Simulation MS program pay a $27 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $13.50 per semester.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Entering students are expected to have an appropriate technical background in engineering, computer science or other simulation-related disciplines, through academic preparation and/or work experience. Students should have completed the introductory undergraduate calculus course, and have proficiency in both statistics and a higher order programming language such as C++. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement
    • The goal statement should discuss all relevant professional background and any previous research and/or teaching experience. The statement should explain the motivation behind the pursuit of a Professional Science Master’s degree in Modeling and Simulation. Future career goals after the completion of the applicant’s master study should be discussed.
    • The goal statement should between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The letters of recommendation should be from a faculty member, administrator or employer. The letters, which must be current to the application, should address the educational and career goals of applicant. The recommenders should also know the applicant well enough to discuss the applicant’s capacity to perform, excel and succeed in a graduate program.
  • 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. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Applicants who are reapplying for admission need not resubmit transcripts if the transcripts are previously on file with UCF. However, the following application requirements do need to be current for the new application for readmission:

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statement 
  • Letters of Recommendation


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.