Full Sail University

Available on Campus & Online

Master of Science

Game Design

About This Program

The Game Design master of science program prepares you for a specialized role in the gaming industry by teaching the skills needed to contribute to multidisciplinary development teams.

The coursework focuses on user experience research, production, and design. You’ll choose a track that allows you to focus on your chosen area of expertise, whether that’s working as a user experience researcher, producer, or game designer to create and publish games, or specializing in a genre or industry niche to evaluate and enhance existing real-world products.

Recognized as a "Top Game Design School" — The Princeton Review, 2023

Program at a Glance


Campus + Online


Master of Science Degree


Interested in earning a degree related to Game Design? Here are some degree programs offered by Full Sail University related to this master's program:


Additional admissions requirements must be met, including extensive academic coursework in related areas. For more information, please visit our catalog.

  • I want to understand the ins and outs of creating a game.
  • I enjoy working with people who share the same passion as me for video games.
  • I am interested in how captivating game environments are created.
  • Watching a game come together is a very satisfying feeling.
  • I like to help others and learn from every situation that arises.

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Methods & the User Experience - This course will equip the game designer with the empirical design tools and research skills required for defining and evaluating games for success.

User Research Data Analysis - From the basic principles to a deeper study of key statistical tools and professional techniques, students will explore how to analyze consumer use and reaction to a product.

Prototyping & Content Creation - This course focuses on providing students with the tools and techniques required for the development of functional prototypes, allowing them to test and refine their design concepts.

Full Sail's Project LaunchBox™

Project LaunchBox™ is a Full Sail program that provides students with powerful technology to help create projects. All of your files, multimedia creations, and coursework are at your fingertips 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Request more information about this program.

Pricing and package specifications are subject to change. Some Project LaunchBox™ components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox™ components are downloadable items.

Project Launchbox

Pricing and package specifications are subject to change. Some Project LaunchBox™ components are distributed during students' second year; some Project LaunchBox™ components are downloadable items.

Included Components
  • MSI GE Raider Laptop
  • MSI 3-yr Warranty
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Download)
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • MSI Air Gaming Backpack
Other Software Taught in this Program
  • Microsoft Project Pro (Download) (WIN)
  • Microsoft Visio Pro (Download) (WIN)
  • MS Visual Studio Pro (Download) (WIN)

Admissions & Financial Aid

A Different Admissions Process

No traditional application deadlines — Classes begin monthly for most programs, so you can apply anytime and start on the date that works best for you.

Program design and course order — You do not need to sign up for specific classes every semester – all of our programs have a predetermined program design and course order.

Accelerated Pace — Full Sail's programs are taken on an accelerated schedule, allowing you to graduate sooner.

Learn More About Graduate Admissions

Funding Your Education

Tuition — Our tuition includes all costs for the full degree program, as well as all associated expenses, including textbooks, manuals, media, production materials, lab and technology fees, and Project LaunchBox™ - a personal technology package featuring hardware and software customized to each degree program.

Scholarships — We know that funding your education is a substantial investment. That's why Full Sail University offers a variety of scholarships for qualified students.

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