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The University Magazine

Computing college offering three new master of science degrees

New York state has approved several programs to be offered by RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Game design and development: The new master’s degree program will accept up to 30 students a year. Majors will be offered in game engine development and artificial intelligence for games. Students will also declare a minor in either art, design, or an area of computing that relates to gaming.

Networking and systems administration: Students can pursue this degree online, on campus, part-time or full-time. The degree was developed primarily for RIT undergraduates who have earned degrees in applied networking and systems administration. The program will also accommodate graduates from other disciplines, providing them with a sequence of bridge courses. Upper-level students will take a series of core courses, including project management and organizational behavior.

Software engineering: Students will take courses in which they will learn theory, or register in a practicum course where they will join a team-based ongoing software development project.

Students will be able to tailor their master’s degree, choosing to pursue either a track in software quality or software design. They will also take three elective courses outside software engineering, selecting an area of interest that will best suit their career goals.

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To view a video podcast on RIT’s game design and development program, see “Latest Podcasts” on the University News Web site at

Kelly Downs