M.Sc. On Campus

Game Design and Development

Rochester Institute of Technology

24 months
52092 USD/year
52092 USD/year
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The Game Design and Development program of 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 program of Rochester Institute of Technology students 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.

The program's curriculum consists of required courses, a choice of five advanced electives, and a capstone experience. This is a two-year, on-campus, cohort-based program in which students are admitted through a portfolio review process. During the second year, 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 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.

Typical Job Titles

  • Game Developer
  • Mechanic Designer
  • Programmer
  • Audio Programmer
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • User Interface Programmer
  • Network Programmer
  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
  • Developer
  • Mobile Engineer
  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Modeler
  • Producer
  • Technical Artist
  • Tools Programmer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • Lead Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Interactive Developer

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 alternative credits


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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    52092 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 52092 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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