MS in Information Technology - Game
Design & Development

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MS IT Online - Game Design & Development from SNHU

Turn Play into Work

As more organizations incorporate gaming technology into their businesses - from entertainment to education and training – the need for skilled professionals in game design and development continues to grow. If you’ve always wanted to turn your passion for information technology and gaming into a full-time career, now’s the time.

The Information Technology master’s in Game Design and Development is a 36-credit program that explores subjects such as artificial intelligence, the interaction of three-dimensional objects and game production techniques to give you the skillset you need to break into this burgeoning, $68 billion industry.

Concentration Outcomes

In addition to the skills you’ll gain as an MS IT graduate, SNHU’s Game Design master’s degree explores such areas as:

  • Similarities and differences between computer games and human behavioral simulations
  • Graphical user interfaces, processing and data storage used in video game construction
  • Computer game editors and programming languages such as the UDK3 editor, the Unity editor, Python and HTML5.0
  • Storyboarding and other game production techniques as they apply to human behavior simulation
  • Major requirements of human behavior simulations and the legal and ethical issues involved in the creation and use of computer simulations

MS IT Game Design Concentration Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum

To complete your information technology master's in game design and development, you will take 12 courses (36 credits), including nine core MS in Information Technology courses and three Game Design and Development Concentration courses.

Game Design and Development Courses

IT-518: Game Design and Development
An introduction to tools and techniques used in computer game design and development, and applications for entertainment games, serious games, and business simulations. Includes an analysis of the concepts and tools used computer game artificial intelligence, interaction of three-dimensional objects, story-boarding, and other areas. Students will have the opportunity to work with computer game engines, editors, and programming languages used in the professional game development community.
IT-620: Object-Oriented Systems Design
This course focuses on the principles required for developing object-oriented information systems. Topics include the principles of object orientation, including objects and classes, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and communication with messages. Also covered are class hierarchies, abstract and concrete classes, model and view separation, design patterns and visual development. This course provides hands- on experience with object-oriented development environments.
Prerequisites:
IT-511 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-660: Artificial Intelligence
Students study the concepts, techniques, applications and implications of artificial intelligence theory and technology. The course also focuses on the applications of rule-based expert systems in business, industry and government. Topics include knowledge representation and acquisition, heuristic search in problem solving and game playing, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, neural networks, automatic deduction and logic programming. Students create expert systems using Prolog.
Prerequisites:
IT-500 IT-510

MS in Information Technology Core Courses

IT-510: Advanced Information Technology
This course focuses on the principles and practices underlying the analysis, design, implementation and management of information technology systems. Topics include information system development methodologies, systems planning, requirements analysis, systems implementation, software engineering, project management, and interface, database and process design.
Prerequisites:
Take IT-505
IT-511: Object Oriented Application Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of object- oriented software development and provides a foundation for developing quality software. Students develop skills in applying object- oriented concepts to solve software problems and implement solutions. The course also teaches the concepts and design of algorithms for problem solving and includes the topics of data structures as they are related to the algorithms that use them. The course provides the technical foundation necessary to handle the material covered in the subsequent IT courses.
IT-515: Innovations in Information Technology
In this course, students strengthen their understanding of leadership theory and ethical frameworks in the context of a technology enterprise. Students will apply this understanding to business cases that reflect the need for innovative technology solutions in today's workplace in order to transform the thinking of an organization when change is required or to develop ideas that enable new business strategies.
IT-520: Technical Communication
The course focuses on the essential oral and written technical communication skills needed for producing technical documentation and presentations in many different forms for varying business situations. The course enables students to understand the needs of stakeholders in order to develop different technical documents such as white papers, design specifications, project plans, test plans, user manuals, etc. The ability to communicate research findings using appropriate academic formatting will also be addressed.
IT-600: Operating Systems
This course focuses on computer architecture and the operating systems of digital computers. Students learn about the operational methods of hardware; the services provided by operating systems' software; acquisition, processing, storage and output data; and the interaction between computers. Topics include widely used operating systems such as DOS, Windows, and UNIX.
Prerequisites:
IT-511 and IT-510
IT-625: Information Technology Project and Team Management
This course introduces the students to the principles and practices necessary to be an effective IT project manager. The course covers project scope, time, cost, quality and human resource management techniques as applied to the kinds of project management problems and issues unique to the IT environment. Students learn how to design an actual IT project structure and will obtain hands-on experience using project management software. Emphasis is on the techniques of project management, leadership, teamwork and project risk management as applied to the IT environment. Case work is an important part of this course.
IT-640: Telecommunications and Networking
Telecommunications is a business resource that must be well managed. This includes the technical aspects and the application of telecommunications technology to solve specific business problems and enhance the strategic position of a business enterprise. Topics include the importance of telecommunication in today's business environment, the analysis, design and implementation of telecommunications systems, the scope of the telecommunications industry and current trends; telecommunications hardware, the OSI network model, networking technologies and telecommunications software, protocols and standards.
Prerequisites:
IT-600
IT-650: Principles of Database Design
This course is a study of the design, development and implementation of database management systems (DBMS) that emphasizes relational DBMS architecture using SQL. Students will design and implement projects and complete case exercises as they are introduced to new developments in data- base design.
Prerequisites:
IT-511 and IT-510

Foundation Course

IT-505: Core Technologies
This course familiarizes students with the basic concepts of information systems to strengthen their knowledge of hardware and software systems, including supporting information technology infrastructures. Students will gain an understanding of the application of fundamental information technology competencies related to computer networks, software and delivery systems for delivering products and service within an enterprise to customers, suppliers and clients. Additionally, students examine the skills and dispositions that shape their professional identities.

Capstone Course

IT-700: Information Technology Strategy & Policy
This is the capstone course of the IT master's degree program and is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the central role of information technology in the contemporary business environment. Students develop an understanding of the strategic uses of information technology from a business perspective at the enterprise level. Students also learn how to manage the introduction of new information technologies in the firm. They learn how to harness the power of these new technologies, enabling them to make better decisions and more effectively manage their organizations. Students conduct an extensive research project on the business impact of emerging technologies.
Prerequisites:
IT-510, IT-600, IT-610, IT-625, IT-630, IT-640 and IT-650 or permission of instructor

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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