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How will your game development education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your game development education with game development education around the nation. The US has 31 brick and mortar game development schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had game development programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 751 students graduated with degrees in game development. Of these students, 27 received certifications in game development, 631 received an undergraduate degree in game development, and 93 received a graduate-level degree in game development.


Students can pursue education in game development at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Game Development
  • Bachelor's Degree in Game Development
  • Master's Degree in Game Development
  • Certificate in Game Development

Game development students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying game development:

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Skills
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis


The average tuition at game development schools around the nation was $16,220 per year in 2010. The following game development schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  2. Bennington College - located in Bennington, Vermont, students paid $39,760
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The game development schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Luna Community College - located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, students paid $742
  2. Pima Community College - located in Tucson, Arizona, students paid $1,352
  3. Wake Technical Community College - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $1,682

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for game developers over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 20%
  2. North Carolina - 15%
  3. California - 15%


On average, a game developer earns a salary of $71,776 per year in the US. However, factors such as education, your employer, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a game developer to vary greatly. The following states have the highest average salaries for a game developer:

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