Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

Program Description

The purpose of the Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis Certificate Program is to enhance the MS&A capability of selected Air Force students (e.g., within AFRL, LCMC, or AFMC), whether it be uniformed officers (e.g., 62X career field) and civilian personnel (e.g., GS 0800 series of engineers). The applicants for this program are determined in coordination with the Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Office, who both sponsors and organizationally benefits from this educational program. The curriculum consists of four graduate level courses for a total of 16 graduate credits. No additional electives or research hours are required for the certificate. Typically, students will take one course per quarter depending on which quarter the classes are offered. The courses will be offered in-residence and via distance learning.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, candidates must meet the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management requirements for admissions.

Degree Required: A completed bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Mathematics Required: Successful completion of undergraduate calculus I, II, and III. 

GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Mathematics - 3.0; Major - 3.0 

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Outcomes

Student knowledge/skills/abilities produce graduate certificate conferees who can:

  • Parameterize and construct a script-driven, agent-based stochastic simulation.

  • Develop a simulation-driven combat model for integration within the AFSIM environment.

  • Apply experimental design and response surface methodology to leverage combat models to identify effective modeling decisions to attain desired performance outcomes.

Degree Information

Degree Type: Certificate

Delivery Method: In-Residence and Distance Learning

Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the Certificate Program requires a cumulative GPA on all course work of a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale). Cumulative time to completion is normally four quarters. There are no exit examinations required and no final project. However, there are numerous projects and assignments required in the various courses that give an opportunity for the student to apply their knowledge to broad problems.

  • STAT 587 - Applied Probability and Statistical Analysis (4 hours)  
  • OPER 561 - Introduction to Simulation (4 hours)
  • OPER 671 - Combat Modeling (4 hours)      
  • OPER 688 - Operational Experimentation
    (4 hours)  

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