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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation

Distinguish yourself in the emerging field of Modeling and Simulation with a graduate certificate from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Interest in Modeling and Simulation has been growing as government, industry and education realize that it provides real-world, interdisciplinary solutions to many of the questions they face. The field is developing so quickly that in Minnesota alone, there are approximately 60 job openings a month for modeling and simulation professionals.

Our certificate sets you apart from other candidates by providing hands-on opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you learn. We offer a basic grounding in the concepts of modeling and simulation as well as the ability to tailor your coursework and develop a specific focus within the field. Our program can be customized to fit your needs and career goals.

The program includes two core classes, two elective courses and a capstone project. Students work directly with more than 20 faculty fellows from across the University to develop their specialty and complete the capstone project. All of the courses taken can also be applied to a related master’s degree program.

* For detailed information about program requirements and a list of elective courses, click here.

Common Core Classes:

MDSM 601 - 4 Credits
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation

Course Description: Survey of core concepts and methods of modeling & simulation.  This course includes a broad array of computer laboratory based exercises, and a student-designed project by the end of the course.

Grading: Grade
Scheduling: Fall
Instructional Type: Lecture/Lab
Prerequisites: None

Major Content Areas: Modeling (discrete, continuous, stochastic, systems), Numerical analysis, Gaming/Scenario-building, Validation, Visualization, Future Techniques.  Tools employed: Software programs such as MATLAB, Mathematica, Excel, VBa.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to select from major modeling techniques the one(s) most appropriate to a specific problem
  • Ability to analyze a problem numerically, and to validate the results
  • Ability to design a scenario and visualize the results

Staffing: Course will be team-taught by Faculty Fellows of the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center.


MDSM 691 - 1 Credit
Seminar in Modeling & Simulation

Course Description: Seminar course in which students present and "defend" the modeling and simulation work undertaken in the required dicipline-based capstone/individual study course.

Grading: Grade
Scheduling: As needed
Instructional Type: Seminar
Prerequisites: MDSM 601 and 2 required electives

Major Content Areas: Seminar course, content will be determined by student projects.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to create a new application of modeling and simulation to a concrete problem
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of one's own and other student's applications of modeling and simulation techniques

Staffing: Course will be team-taught by Faculty Fellows of the Minnesota Modeling and Simulation Center.