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. Now's the time to turn your passion for information technology and gaming into a full-time career with the online master’s in game design and game development degree at Southern New Hampshire University.
SNHU's MS in IT Game Design and Development program is recognized by the Professional Science Master's (PSM) national office as a Professional Science Master's program. The PSM is an innovative degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while developing workplace skills valued by employers. PSM graduates are prepared to assume high-level careers with science/technology-based employers. The PSM is an innovative degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics while developing workplace skills valued by employers. PSM graduates are prepared to assume high-level careers with science and technology-based employers.
The information technology master’s in game design and development is a 36-credit program that explores such subjects as artificial intelligence, game production techniques and the interaction of three-dimensional objects. Our specialized game development degree program will give you the skill set you need to break into this burgeoning, $68 billion industry.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master's in information technology degree at SNHU include:
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 must also submit a professional resume.
You’ll finish the master’s in game design program prepared to pursue careers in video game design and video game development, programming, game production and direction, software quality assurance and testing, storytelling, editing and much more. General software development jobs will see growth of up to 22 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Our game development degree curriculum covers topics like graphical user interfaces, processing and data storage, and how to apply human behavior simulation. Courses are taught by knowledgeable faculty with years of real-world, hands-on experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course is a study of the design, development and implementation of database management systems (DBMS) that emphasize relational DBMS architecture using SQL. Students will design and implement projects and complete case exercises as they are introduced to new developments in database design.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the M.S. in Information Technology program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
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.
CD/DVD drive. External hard drive. Extra power cord. Headphones/earbuds
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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