Serious Games (M.S.)

The Serious Games program offers a Master of Science degree. 

Important: Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation are required of all applicants. Read the Application Instructions page for full details.

Below are specific requirements also needed for this program:

  • GRE scores are not required

  • Application materials needed include:

    • ​Résumé

    • Online Portfolio: Submit your most exciting and relevant work. Student projects are of interest only if they illustrate points made in your Statement of Purpose.The portfolio may include one or more of the following:

      • 10-15 still images maximum

      • 10 minutes of video maximum

      • 2-3 links to interactive pieces maximum

      • Physical portfolios are accepted in addition to the online portfolio if there is sufficient reason, i.e. the applicant is submitting a published book, a tactile interface, etc. Physical material should be send to the following address: 

UC Santa Cruz 
Games and Playable Media 
SOE3, Baskin School of Engineering 
1156 High Street 
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

  • A Statement of purpose is required: 

    • Please describe your plans for graduate study or research and for your future occupation or profession. Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Recommended length is a concise 2-4 pages.

  • A Personal History Statement is also required:

    • Required of all applicants. This statement will be used in conjunction with your application for graduate admission and financial support. Note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. Recommended length is a concise 1-3 pages.

    • UC Santa Cruz is interested in a diverse and inclusive graduate student population. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

  • See the application deadline

  • Contact the program

  • For detailed information about the Serious Games program, see

Over 60 degree tracks in over 40 graduate programs, located 40 minutes away from Silicon Valley and next door to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Phone: 831-459-5905




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