MA/PHD Play and Game Studies Programs

If you would like to take graduate courses in game design and/or play and games studies but don’t know where to start, here are some programs that specialize in studying games and game development:

  1. Clemson University: Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design
    Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design is interested in an overall balance of ecologies in rhetorics and communication. Our program offers a cross-cultural, transdisciplinary curriculum with a conceptual emphasis on knowing, doing, and making–or theoretical, practical, and productive approaches to knowledge. Our students take positions, for the most part, in departments of English and Communication Studies, as well as departments of New Media.To find out more about the program, visit: and contact Victor Vitanza (Program Head) or Cynthia Haynes and Jan Holmevik (the game specialists).

    Program keywords: interdisciplinary, rhetorics, new media, making

  2. Alma College: New Media Studies
    Within the interdisciplinary New Media Studies major are two courses focused on game design and many courses that incorporate games, play, gamification, and design.To find out more about the program,  go to: and contact Lauren Woolbright.

    Program keywords: game design, interdisciplinary, game studies

  3. Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Interactive Media and Game Development
    Interactive Media and Game development has courses in game design, computer programming, 2d and 3d art, writing for games, game audio, games criticism, and game production and management.To find out more about the program, visit: and contact Jennifer DeWinter.

    Program keywords: game development, game design, game studies

  4. University of Utah: Entertainment Arts and Engineering
    Entertainment Arts and Engineering has graduate programs in game arts, game engineering, game production, and technical arts.To find out more about the program, go to:

One thought on “MA/PHD Play and Game Studies Programs

  1. Alma is a liberal arts college and does not currently have graduate programs, so the NMS program in game design is for undergraduates. I’m still happy to talk with people about game studies, though!


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