Master of Science Game Programming

earn this degree onlineThe Master of Science in Game Programming is designed for those interested in game development programming at the highest level, including real time computing, computer graphics, and professional retooling for the game industry. Students will learn about software engineering, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, animation, software architecture, and networking. The game programming degree addresses the real-world needs of industry through special, topic-based classes. Courses are taught with a mixture of theory and applied practice. Covering both emerging trends and proven knowledge, the program's content is always relevant and current. This combination of approaches allows students to understand the connection between realized applied systems and issues they'll likely face professionally in years to come.

94%of reporting 2016 Game Programming graduates were employed, continuing education, or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

$72,500median reported salary of 2016 CDM Game Programming graduates

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Industry Leaders

The faculty in the game development program—including renowned industry leaders serving as adjunct instructors—bring a real-world perspective to the classroom. Courses are taught with a mixture of theory and applied practice. Covering both emerging trends and proven knowledge, the program's content is always relevant and current. This "best of both worlds" combination allows students to understand the connection between realized applied systems and issues they'll likely face professionally in years to come.

 

Game Labs

Game Programming students have access to all CDM labs, but there are several that intersect with the program specifically, including game development and research, gameplay, virtual reality, and playtest and usability labs.

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Cutting-Edge, Hands-On Coursework

The game programming curriculum addresses the real-world needs of industry though special topic-based classes. For example, DePaul was one of the first universities to offer a game development course for smartphones. Specialized, hands-on experience—in global software development, software methodologies such as SCRUM, and parallel computing architecture thorough CUDA—gives our students an advantage in highly competitive job market.

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DePaul Esports

The DePaul Esports Gaming Center, open to the DePaul community, is a place to flex your competitive edge in various esports titles. Whether you're a new player or seasoned veteran, this center is where you'll find all esports related games that are supported, as well as the various communities that support them.

 

DeFRAG

One of the largest social student organizations on campus, DeFRAG provides events and resources in gaming for both entertainment and education. Events include weekend-long game jams, multiplay nights, and video game Jeopardy, to name just a few.

 

Deep Games Lab

The Deep Games Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary design, research, development, and assessment game lab housed in CDM that focuses on games exploring the human experience.

 

Online Learning

This degree can be completed entirely online. One hundred percent of the program’s lectures—from audio and video to whiteboard writing and supplemental materials—are captured and available online.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment QuarterDomestic Student DeadlineInternational Student Deadline
FallAugust 1June 15
WinterDecember 1October 15
SpringMarch 1January 15
SummerMay 1April 15

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about your program specific requirements, visit our Graduate Admission page.

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