Computer Science

Certificate in Game Design


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12 Credit Hours

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Leverage Your Interests and Take Your Place in the Fast-Growing Video Game Industry

EKU’s 100% online game design certificate provides students with the technical skills and real-world knowledge needed to become a leader in the field that is bigger than the film and music industries combined. Students gain advanced understanding in a range of concepts, from aesthetics to immersion, which provides a competitive edge in the job market. Graduates are prepared to take on key positions with excellent salary potential.

Career Outlook

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031.

–  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Computer Science Graduates

Demand for computer science professionals stems from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems, Database, or Network Administrator
  • Systems Analyst


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Learn essential skills for today’s digital work environment through a personalized and tailored certificate in computer science.


Take your place in the fast-growing gaming industry. Leverage your interests and hone your skills to become a leader in video game development.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate.

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Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the University graduate catalog.

INF 711 – Principles of Game Design and Game Theory (3)
Fundamentals of designing both digital and non-digital games. In-depth study of the nature of “Fun,” design philosophies, choice, motivation, flow theory, types of decisions, and reward in gameplay systems. Additional topics related to gamification, monetization, and serious games also covered.

INF 712 – Game Production and Publication (3)
Review of historical and current aspects of the games industry from AAA to indie. Industry operations, employment, founding your own studio, funding, freelancing, the role of influencers (Twitch, Youtube, social media), platforms, IP protection.

INF 713 – Online Game and Application Design (3)
Introduction to the principles of design for online games and applications. Topics include game balance, competition, cooperation, detecting exploits and cheating, security, privacy, social structures, administration, community management, online harassment, and client-server communication.

INF 715 – Special Topics in Gaming (3)
Topics vary with offering. May be retaken to a maximum of six hours with advisor approval, provided the topics are different. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for INF 707: Special Topics in Informatics.


John Hepner

John Hepner

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor John Hepner for information about the Certificate in Game Design.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A January 5 January
Spring B March 5 March
Summer May 5 May


Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for applicants to the M.S. Computer Science program are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate degree* from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 overall, or 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of the baccalaureate program.
  • One of the following:
      • Satisfactory scores on GRE or GMAT*. The minimum satisfactory GRE scores are 149 points of Quantitative. The minimum satisfactory GMAT scores are 37 points of Quantitative.
      • A bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in science, technology, engineering or math with a GPA of at least 3.0.
      • An undergraduate precalculus course or equivalent mathematics background.

*A baccalaureate degree in computer science is not required for admissions. However, CSC 801 will be part of the degree requirements if a student has not completed equivalent programming course(s) before being admitted.

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