Game Design and Development, M.Sc. | Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, United States
24 months
54176 USD/year
54176 USD/year
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The Game Design and Development program of Rochester Institute of Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology explores the simulation, edutainment, or visualization landscape as you enhance your game design and development skills to create truly innovative games.


In the Game Design and Development master's degree from Rochester Institute of Technolog, you will explore the entertainment technology landscape as well as other related areas. 

The program simultaneously covers the breadth of the game design and development landscape through study in topics such as computer graphics, game engines, interactive narrative, and game world design. 

The program is characterized by a clear focus on development, but also educates developers in the design process. The degree is intended specifically for students who aspire to hold careers within the professional games industry or a related field such as simulation, edutainment, or visualization.

Launch your Digital Endeavors with MAGIC

The MAGIC Center is a digital sandbox for students and faculty pushing the boundaries of technology, art and design. It includes five state-of-the-art classrooms built around delivering hands-on curriculum in game design, 2D and 3D animation, and digital design. Students learn on the same hardware and software platforms used in industry while honing their technical and creative skills. A fully outfitted sound stage and post-production studios further enhance experiential education opportunities and permit faculty to introduce real-world film, animation, and digital media workflows to the classroom.

Typical Job Titles

  • Game Developer
  • Junior C++ Developer
  • Systems Design Engineer
  • Unity Developer
  • Associate Engine/Graphics Automation Engineer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Game Development Processes
  • Game Design
  • Gameplay and Prototyping
  • Colloquium in Game Design and Development
  • Game Industry Themes and Perspectives
  • Colloquium in Game Design and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a relevant field such as information technology, computer science, software engineering, or computer graphics. Students with undergraduate degrees in related disciplines such as digital media or human-computer interaction may be considered.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 (or equivalent) or a first-class international degree with distinction.
  • Submission of a portfolio and/or scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Tuition Fee

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    54176 USD/year
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Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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


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