The St. Mary’s University Computer Science Department’s Educational Computer Gaming Graduate Certificate program was recently ranked in the Princeton Review’s 2016 list of Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design.

The Princeton Review ranked schools based on its 2015 survey of 150 institutions in the U.S., Canada and abroad that offer game-design degree programs or courses. The survey gathered information on criteria such as schools’ game-design academic offerings, lab facilities and graduates’ starting salaries and achievements.

Carol Luckhardt Redfield, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Program Director of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems, said one of the reasons the program has been recognized is “it is one of only a few that focus on the educational application of computer games.”

“Although our four-course certificate program has only been available for a couple of years, the courses have been taught successfully for more than a dozen years within our master’s degrees,” she said.

“Also, our instructors have a wide background in application that connects directly to making good educational computer games.”

The courses St. Mary’s offers in its 12-credit-hour certificate program are part of the existing curriculum of the Master of Science in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems degrees. A student may apply these courses to an M.S. degree, but it is not required.

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