Master of Science (Computer Games Technology)
( 15 Months)
For a position in Programming / Software Engineering
Campus:Yes Online: No
In state: 28000 US Dollars (USD) per Full Program
Out of state: 28000 US Dollars (USD) per Full Program
Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
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The MSc (Computer Games Technology) degree has over 200 graduates working at dozens of successful games companies around the world. This degree is the longest withstanding degree of its kind, and is arguably the most recognized degree in the world for this subject matter. The MSc in Computer Games Technology was established in 1997 by the University of Abertay Dundee (UK) and has been offered at Algoma University (Canada) since 2007. The degree emphasizes the creation of a set of significant portfolio pieces to show to future employers.
"I enrolled in the MSc course in Computer Games Technology after completing my undergraduate degree in Software Engineering. Making computer games had been my ambition for many years beforehand, but - from an outsider's point of view - jobs in the industry seemed to be very difficult to get. In particular, they all required experience - the games industry didn't look like a very graduate-friendly place.
My sole reason for joining the course was to gain the experience required to enter the game industry as a programmer. The course encourages (and requires) students to build a portfolio of work - much like an artist would - to show off to prospective industry employers. It teaches all the technical skills required; but in addition rounds-out students' knowledge with courses on game design and the games marketplace. After completing the course, I felt extremely well equipped to enter the industry. In fact, I secured a job at a games company before graduating, based on the portfolio of games development work I produced while studying."
Andrew Heywood, MSc (Computer Games Technology) Alumni
Why take this degree at Algoma U?
The program has solid links and integration with the games industry;
The curriculum is 100% relevant to careers in computer programming/software engineering for games;
And every student graduating out of the program takes with them a solid programming portfolio and game prototype, giving graduates an added edge when competing for the best jobs in the games industry and programming related industries;
Games Programmers with a master's degree earn significantly more than their peers, close to 91,000 USD (2008 Games Career Guide)
The curriculum includes, but is not limited to: AI, Mathematics for Computer Games, Game Design and Development, and Programming for Xbox and PC. Graduates can work locally, nationally or abroad with the network of games industry connections that Algoma University has established, and students may also work during the summer months on serious games initiatives or other projects to expand their portfolio.
Prerequisites for the MSc (Computer Games Technology) degree:
Bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines: Computer Science, Math, Physics, Software Engineering or a games related subject (applicants with the equivalent of a BA or BSc in another subject with a substantial background in programming and a good grounding in mathematics will also be considered);
Letter Grade A (85) student or a high B (75) student
For a full listing of prerequisites as well as other details on the program, visit http://mastersingaming.com/algoma or contact the Graduate Liaison Officer at msc (at) algomau (dot) ca. Program space is limited to 24 students per year so apply early.