The Games and Playable Media MS and the Serious Games MS at UC Santa Cruz are selective, professional, five quarter degree programs for students who come from a variety of backgrounds – already have a solid grounding in computer programming and experience in game development and those who have little experience with computer programming.

We are open to self-taught, industry trained, and formally educated programmers and game developers. Experience with a wide range of game types and platforms is valued, though experience with independent and art games is particularly strong preparation for the program.

Because this is a cohort-based program, students can only begin the program in the Fall quarter. The best way to stay up to date with us is by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook.  

Students are required to submit the following:

Detailed information regarding these requirements and the application process can be found at

Please also see the Admissions FAQ for the UCSC Baskin School of Engineering, which manages admissions for the program:

*If you are applying for the Serious Games program, please add a note in your Statement of Purpose that you hope to attend the Serious Games program.

Cost of Attendance


Total Cost

Cost per Quarter

CA Resident






The figures above don’t include Graduate fees. You can find the California resident fees here and the non-resident fees here.