24 months
32616 USD/year
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At Game Design from American University Washington DC students bring to the program their own experiences—whether in politics, science, art, history, marketing, or international studies—and can choose from multidisciplinary courses across our schools of communication, business, and arts.


Game Design from American University Washington DC will develop students' intellectual capacity as designers, developers, consumers, and games administrators. Beyond traditional game design and development, students learn to tailor play design for distinct education purposes. 


With award-winning faculty and real-world experience, our program prepares students for a career in all facets of game design, play theory, and engagement strategies. Students leave with the skills and experience they need to succeed in applying game design to non-game contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 3D Animation
  • Design of Play
  • Game Design and Art Pipeline Production
  • Game Development
  • Games & Health
  • Game Research Methods
  • Games and Society
  • Playful City
  • Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

SOC operates on a rolling admissions basis for Masters programs.


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institution
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (optional)
  • Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours. 
  • All applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay on the applicant's commitment to pursuing study in the program,  

Tuition Fee

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    32616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32616 USD per year during 24 months.

Tuition for National students: $1,812 Per credit hour

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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