The Only Program of Its Kind

AU’s unique Master’s in Game Design program is more than just fun and games. It combines game design theory, development, and design to give you the skills needed to change behaviors, expand awareness, and make a difference.
The Master’s in Game Design program features:
  • The Game Lab studio, where you can gain real-world experience developing games for actual clients in the non-profit, educational, and health-related sectors.
  • A focus on all facets of game design, play theory, and engagement strategies.
  • The flexibility to choose multidisciplinary courses across AU’s schools of communication, business, and arts.
  • Award-winning faculty, including Director Lindsay Grace, an internationally exhibited game artist and designer.
  • Game-Designer-In-Residence Christopher Totten, founder of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Indie Arcade.

Accelerator Admission
Details (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator Program Master’s Accelerator Program Pre-Sessional English Language
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 6.0 5.5
Available Entry Spring or Fall Spring, Summer, or Fall
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • 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

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator Program Master’s Accelerator Program Pre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree 6 9 0
Progression Into Master’s degree program Master’s degree program Master’s Accelerator Program
Progression Requirements GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B Successful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree:  36 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator Program Master’s Accelerator Program Pre-Sessional English Language Cost Per Credit After Accelerator1 Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Game Design $20,653 $29,315 $8,165 $1,642 36

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.

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