The master of science degree in game design and development allows students to explore the entertainment technology landscape, along with other related areas of software development. The program has its technical roots in the computing and information science disciplines, while simultaneously covering the breadth of the game development field through coursework in topics such as computer graphics design, human-computer interaction, interactive narrative, and game design. The degree is specifically for students who aspire to careers within the professional games industry or a related field such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.
This is a two-year, on-campus, cohort-based program in which students are admitted through a portfolio review process. Upon completion of their coursework, students form development teams that construct a working game engine and software title as the program capstone experience. This requirement includes both individual and group expectations. The capstone culminates in a private defense before program faculty, as well as a public exhibition. Combined, these requirements provide a unique and comprehensive educational experience for individuals who aspire to a career in the game development industry.
To be considered for admission to the MS in game design and development, candidates must:
- Have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as information technology, computer science, software engineering, or computer graphics. Students with undergraduate degrees in related disciplines such as computer animation or human-computer interaction may be considered.
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 or a first-class international degree with distinction.
- Submit a portfolio that includes evidence of individual and group projects (clearly marked as such) relevant to the area that the individual wishes to study within the degree program.
Due to the cohort nature of the program, students are admitted in fall quarter only. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and applicants are selected in a manner that ensures balance among the various curricular tracks and specialties. Students may use Graduate Record Examination scores to strengthen their application. Students below 3.25 GPA are required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores.
International applicants who earned a degree at a foreign institution are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examination. A minimum score of 230 (computer-based), 570 (paper-based), or 88 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required.
Students are expected to have at least one year of significant programming experience in a current object-oriented language—preferably C++ or Java—and a solid working knowledge of website development and interactive multimedia concepts. If students do not have these prerequisites, additional coursework may be recommended to bridge any educational gaps.
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Last updated April 25, 2018