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Old 07-09-2008, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

First a small introduction of myself and my plans for the future. Presently I am pursuing my B. Tech in Computer Science and have just completed my second year. I just completed an internship with a gaming company this summer (I was working as a game programmer), and will be doing one more during my next summer vacations. I am looking forward to getting into the gaming industry after college taking a position of a game programmer and working my way up to finally becoming a game producer. Based on the research I have done with the help of the internet, I have found that a MBA will really help me get the position of a game producer.

My question is this...

Are there any B-Schools which offer a MBA with a gaming elective or a gaming perpective to it? If not, what direction should I move in? What kind of program should I take?

Thanks guys!
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Old 07-10-2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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Awesome job on the internship!

I've not actually heard of an MBA targetted specifically for game producers, but I'm sure they must exist somewhere. In my travels I cam across an interesting blog article discussing The Value of an MBA based on the IGDA Production SIG mailshoot.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:15 AM   #3
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Thanks Adrir for that link. I learnt something there.
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Old 07-12-2008, 04:06 AM   #4
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Thanks Adrir for that link. I learnt something there.
No problem. Good luck in your future endeavours!
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:35 PM   #5
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I know Monash does Buisness/Game Development
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:00 PM   #6
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Devry has one in development right now, but from what I've seen on the web, the lion's share of even the game colleges will still point you towards a cs or it degree if you're targeting a masters.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #7
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...from what I've seen on the web, the lion's share of even the game colleges will still point you towards a cs or it degree if you're targeting a masters.
Yeah, but it doesn't really help you if your goal is producer. The only advice I can really offer is reading Sloperama Lesson 42: Producing.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:27 PM   #8
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Are you in the US? These aren't MBA programs exactly, but they are graduate programs with game design and producing in mind.

http://www.fiea.ucf.edu/shield/showpage.php?page_id=1

http://cinema.usc.edu/programs/interactive-media/

http://gamedev.depaul.edu/?page_id=41

http://itp.nyu.edu/itp/program.php

http://uat.edu/

Take your pick. However, since you've already interned at a game development company, chances are if you are patient enough, they will hire you. Most companies hire their interns if they excelled enough. You'll be set and you can work your way up to producer, make take awhile, but if you communicate to the powers that be, that you want to eventually be a producer then it should happen.

Also, you could search and look for an opening as a associate producer. That's another path. If you really want to spend another two years in school, an MBA isn't a bad idea, but I don't believe it's absolutly neccessary. Work experience out weighs education all the time. The sooner you are working full time in the industry, the better.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:20 PM   #9
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I would say get a job then go back to school. That is what I am planning on doing now that I have a job. I would also encourage you to get a regular MBA so that if you get tired of the game industry you will still have a good MBA.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:45 PM   #10
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I think I may have found something that fits the TC's description:

Full Sail has been offering a Masters in "Entertainment Business" for a few years now, AND it can be completed online. I was going to pursue it after getting a bachelor's there, but changed my mind for personal reasons. It may be worth checking out, though.

http://www.fullsail.edu/flash/index....nt-business-ms
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