Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation (MOVES) PhD - Curriculum 398

PhD Committee Chair

Don Brutzman

Code IS/Db, Watkins Hall, Room 270

(831) 656-2149, DSN 756-2149

Program Officer

LTC Charles P. Rowan, Ph.D., USA

Watkins Hall, Room 274

(831) 656-7872, DSN 756-7872 

Academic Associate

Chris Darken, Ph.D.

Code CS/Cd, Watkins Hall, Room 382

(831) 656-2095, DSN 756-2095

Brief Overview

The Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Academic Program of the Naval Postgraduate School provides the Ph.D. 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. 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, and discrete-event simulation.



Doctorate in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation

The Ph.D. degree requires the equivalent of at least three academic years of study beyond the baccalaureate level (some of which may be for another post-baccalaureate degree), with at least one academic year (or its equivalent) being spent in residence at NPS. The student must complete, in order, the following steps, which are detailed at

  1. Form a dissertation committee
  2. Pass a written qualifying examination
  3. Declare a secondary specialization
  4. Pass an oral qualifying examination
  5. Pass a final examination
  6. Complete a dissertation

No courses are required for the Ph.D. degree besides the secondary specialization unless the student's doctoral committee so stipulates.

Ph.D. Minor in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation

A Ph.D. minor in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation consists of:

  1. Three courses at the 4000 level that form a coherent sequence relating to Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation.
  2. The courses must be from at least two departments or academic groups.
  3. The head of the MOVES Ph.D. program will write a letter attesting that the student has fulfilled the requirements upon request of the student.