Degree Programs - MOVES Institute
The Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Academic Program at the Naval Postgraduate School grants Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees. Our students are offered both fundamental and specialized courses in modeling and simulation (M&S), visual simulation technology, combat models and systems, and best practices and tools in support of training, analysis, acquisition, testing and operational capabilities.
MOVES offers certificates for a broad audience, tailored to specific interests and communities. Some of these certificates are offered in residence, some as distance learning (DL) degrees, and some with both options. Please see the Certificate Programs page for details.
The Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Academic Program of the Naval Postgraduate School provides the MS student both fundamental and specialized courses in applied visual simulation technology, combat models and systems, and the application of quantitative analyses to training and simulation technology.
The MS program is a two year eight-quarter program whose core covers the fundamentals of modeling and simulation, data analysis, visual simulation, intelligent systems, training, and human performance. These topics include object-oriented programming, probability, statistics, stochastic modeling, data analysis, acquisition and program management, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, simulation and training, and combat modeling systems. The MS student demonstrates depth by the completion of a written thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy program is typically a 3-year effort. Areas of special strength amongst the MOVES Academic Faculty are combat modeling and analysis, networked and web-based visual simulation, agents and cognitive modeling, training systems and human factors, discrete-event simulation and computer vision. Doctoral students have a background in M&S.