Programs in Educational Communication and Technology

Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology

Games for Learning

Description and Mission

The Master of Science Program in Games for Learning (G4L) is a 36-credit program that prepares students to create, use, and evaluate digital games for the specific purpose of learning in formal and informal settings.

The program:

The program can be pursued full- or part-time (see degree requirements for more information).

Student Learning Goals

In this program, students will learn to be game design practitioners who not only understand technical and development practices but also the social, cognitive, emotional and cultural issues involved in the design of games for the specific purpose of learning in formal and informal settings, and across the lifespan. To that end, students will be able to:

Students will also be prepared to use evidence-based research to facilitate the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that integrate games in a broad range of formal and informal learning settings. To that end, students will be able to:

Games for Learning Institute

Students enrolled in the Games for Learning M.S. program benefit from exposure to and participation in the Games for Learning Institute's ongoing research endeavors and emerging ideas about gaming. The establishment of the Games for Learning Institute (G4LI) demonstrates NYU's leadership in research on games in learning environments. G4LI, which involves nine other universities, conducts research on the design of effective games for learning in a variety of formal and informal settings, in school and out of school, at a computer/game console and on the go, and for a broad variety of learners.

G4LI is co-directed by Jan Plass, Professor of Educational Communication and Technology at NYU Steinhardt.

Comparison with Other Programs

The Games for Learning M.S. program is different from the M.A. program in Digital Media Design for Learning (DMDL), which prepares professionals who design, implement and evaluate a wider range of multimedia for learning, including educational web environments, video drama and documentary, and other genres in digital form. The M.S. in Games for Learning also differs from graduate degrees focusing on general game design by focusing on the unique training required to design games that focus on learning.

Career Opportunities

The M.S. degree program prepares students for careers as:

Graduates work in such settings as:


For complete details on how to apply and application requirements, visit our application guide on the Graduate Admissions website.

Please direct admissions-related inquiries to:
Steinhardt Graduate Admissions 
212 998 5030 |

Please direct other correspondence regarding the program to:
Program in Games for Learning
82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor
New York NY 10003
212 998 5520

Prospective students are encouraged to sign up using the Request Info button above to learn about program events and information sessions, held both face-to-face and online each semester. Please see the FAQ for more information.