Why Simulation, Modeling, and Applied Cognitive Science?

Simulation, modeling and applied cognitive science describes a growing transdisciplinary field (including the disciplines of psychology, engineering and computer science) that explores how people interact with technological and social systems in contexts that include transportation, medicine, military, computing and other complex systems. Cognitive science provides the foundation necessary for integrating human capabilities and limitations into complex sociotechnical systems (i.e., the practice of cognitive engineering), and the application of cognitive science relies heavily on simulation and modeling methods.

This Ph.D. is designed to produce individuals who are well-grounded in simulation, modeling and cognitive science and skilled in its methods. Employers (e.g., Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, hospitals) have an ever-increasing demand for personnel who can bridge the gap between rigorous science and solutions to real-world problems. The doctorate will provide transdisciplinary, research-driven training in the computing, engineering, technology, applied cognitive science and human systems integration. In addition to careers in the simulation and modeling industry and government laboratories, students should be well-suited for academic positions emphasizing cognitive science, artificial intelligence, applied psychology, human factors, and simulation.

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Degrees Offered

Simulation, Modeling, and Applied Cognitive Science Ph.D.

The Polytechnic School

 Polytechnic campus Mesa, Arizona

Application Deadlines


Priority – December 31


No applications

Ph.D. candidates need to complete their application materials by the priority deadline. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts, must be received by the dates above in order to meet the priority admissions deadlines.

Graduate Admissions Services has a late application fee for students applying after the University deadline.

Financing Your Education

Fellowships through ASU and external resources, along with research and teaching assistant positions, offer many alternatives to fund your education expenses at ASU—often for multiple years or even the full course of study. Fellowship resources are limited, and many fellowships require U.S. citizenship or the right to work in the United States.

Fellowships are awarded on a highly competitive basis as part of the graduate program application process.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
 ASU Graduate Standards
 Fulton Schools of Engineering