How to Apply

SETTING THE STANDARD

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.

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FALL 2020 INFO SESSION

Interested in learning more about UCSC’s Games + Playable Media and Serious Games MS programs?
Join us for our upcoming information session open to all prospective students. Registration required.

Friday December 4, 2020 from 5-6PM PST.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

ONLINE
APPLICATION

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE 1

PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT 2

UNIVERSITY
TRANSCRIPTS

3 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIO

CURRICULUM VITAE/RESUME

ENGLISH
PROFICIENCY 3

    Please note that the GRE is not required nor will it be considered for admissions purposes.

  1. Your Statement of Purpose should describe your plans for graduate study and for your future profession.

  2. Your Personal History Statement should discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree, including challenges and opportunities related to your academic journey.

  3. If English is not your native language, you are required to submit official results of the TOEFL or IELTS. You may request to waive this requirement if you have a Bachelors degree from a higher institution in the US.

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

https://www.gradadmissions.ucsc.edu/.

COST OF ATTENDANCE

TUITION

COST PER QUARTER

TOTAL COST (5 QUARTERS)

California Resident

$9,305.70

$46,528.50

California Non-Resident

$13,387.70

$66,938.50

Please note these fees may be subject to change

Please see the Office of the Registrar’s website for the latest tuition and fee details for Games and Playable Media and Serious Games programs:

    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Masters of Science students are typically self-supported and should assume they will not receive any form of financial support from the university. A small number of fellowship packages are extended to GPM and SG students that may include stipends and/or partial payment of fees and tuition. Recipients of these fellowships are selected based on financial need and merit. M.S. students may also apply for a limited number of Teaching Assistant (TA) opportunities within the UCSC Baskin School of Engineering, as well as TA positions in other UCSC departments. See the BSOE Teaching Positions and UCSC Teaching Positions websites for more information. TAs who work 10 hours per week or more are eligible for remissions on their in-state fees (CA tuition, student services fee, and UC Graduate Health Insurance).


Federal Loans are also available to domestic graduate students through the Financial Aid Office .

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