The Master of Science in Game Science and Design gives students a comprehensive understanding of how successful game products are created in a player-centric environment.
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The Master of Science (MS) in Game Science and Design seeks to give students a comprehensive understanding of how successful game products are created in a player-centric environment. Focusing on the science of game development, students have an opportunity to learn the design and technological skills needed to build a game and develop a deep understanding of playability and analytics that make products successful in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
The game industry has expanded to include social and mobile gaming; games in health, education, and training; and innovations in play psychology, middleware, graphics tools, game mechanics, game evaluation methods, and advanced artificial intelligence and narrative techniques. It has become an increasingly competitive space.
The selectiveness of the industry and the diversity of the skills required mean that students seeking entry need both broad and deep skills. As an emergent industry using diverse technology and collaborative practices, the game industry needs professionals with interdisciplinary skill sets who can meld knowledge about development with knowledge about evaluation methods and players’ behavior and psychology. Jointly offered by Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media, and Design and Khoury College of Computer Sciences, the Master of Science in Game Science and Design is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary program that seeks to prepare students to meet this need by weaving together science and design. This is a two-year, 34-credit-hour program.
Learn the design and technological skills needed to build a game
Develop a deep understanding of playability and analytics that make products successful in an increasingly competitive marketplace
An advisor will help students select a pathway with a coherent set of electives determined by students' career goals
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TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam scores for international applicants
Three letters of recommendation
Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores (optional)
DA 5020 - Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
DA 5030 - Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
INSH 5302 - Information Design and Visual Analytics
JRNL 6341 - Telling Your Story with Data
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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