It’s grad school application season — but where should you apply if you want to be a game studies scholar?
Over the last few months, I have received lots of messages from current undergraduate students, masters students, or other folks who are excited about approaching video games academically and want to know how to get the training and the credentials to enter the field. How inspiring.
The question I hear most often is, “Where can I go to get my Ph.D. in game studies?” Answering that is surprisingly tricky. At present, there are no Ph.D. programs in North America that grant degrees (or even official secondary emphases) in video games. But don’t despair…
With the help of some wonderful game studies colleagues, I’ve put together “Getting a Game Studies PhD: A Guide for Aspiring Video Game Scholars” — a helpful resource that includes an extensive list of Ph.D. programs that support game studies research.
To thrive, game studies needs a vibrant next generation of scholars. Whatever path you or your students take toward a career in game studies, good luck!