M.S. in Game Design and Simulation Programming (graduate/ms_gdsp)

M.S. in Game Design and Simulation Programming

Contact: Professor Daniel Duchamp (e-mail: [email protected])

This 10-course program will prepare students for positions in the gaming industry as well as in industrial, government, education and research organizations involved in simulation, visualization, training and "edutainment."  The program will also prepare students for entry into PhD programs in Computer Science, Remote Sensing, and Geographic Information Systems.

The program will expose the students to:

  • The fundamentals of interactive game design.
  • State-of-the-art graphics and animation and behavior modeling.
  • The methodologies for game development.
  • The entrepreneurship skills and environment needed to be a successful member of the gaming community.

Requirements: CS 522, CS 537, CS 539, CS 541, (CS 543 or CS 597), CS 545, CS 585, CS 586, CS 587, and (CS 638 or CS 677).

There are two paths towards the degree

  1. Regualr path: 30 credits from classes (see the sample curriculum below).
  2. MS thesis path: 24 credits from classes plus 6 credits from a thesis, which substitutes for two courses.
Example Two-year Curriculum





CS 537 Interactive Computer Graphics

CS 585 Introduction to Game Development

CS 541 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


CS 539 Real-Time Rendering, Gaming, and Simulations Programming

CS 522 Mobile Systems and Applications



CS 543 Principles of Computer Mediated Entertainment

CS 545 Human-Computer Interaction



CS 587 Game Engine Design

CS 586 Machine Learning for Game Design

CS 677 Parallel Programming for Many-core Processors



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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at [email protected].

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at www.stevens.edu/graduate.