Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are open!

The deadline to submit is March 31st, 2018.   APPLY HERE.

The Games and Playable Media MS at UC Santa Cruz is a selective, professional, five quarter degree program for students who already have a solid grounding in computer programming and experience in game development.

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. Applications for 2018-19 will be accepted beginning in October 2017 and the deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.


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 SG program.