Admissions Requirements

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    Writing Sample

    A sample of critical writing, and the document may be from any discipline. The document should be either a previous academic paper or a sample of your professional writing. The purpose of this piece is to show us your ability to write at the level of a college graduate at minimum. Please do not submit creative writing pieces or papers with editing and grading marks on them.

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    1 – 2 pages.

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    Personal Statement

    The personal statement should be a description of your background, why you want to pursue a career in games, what goals you are interested in pursuing in the industry, and how you feel this degree program will help you accomplish your goals. The statement should be approximately 2 – 3 pages, double spaced.

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    3 Letters of Recommendation

    As a part of the online application process you will be asked to provide names and contact information for three recommenders. They will each receive an emailed request to fill out an evaluation form and attach a letter on your behalf. At least one of these three recommendations should be from an academic source. We encourage applicants to “waive the right” to see the recommendations, because most evaluators consider letters written in confidence to be more valuable.

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    Please upload your student copy of your transcripts for the admissions evaluation (please enter GPA as it is stated on your transcript even if this number is not a GPA from the 4.0 system used in the U.S.). The you will need to arrange to have official transcripts and degree certificates sent directly to the Admissions Office – Graduate Admissions Division at: The University of Utah, 201 South 1460 East, SSB – Room 250, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. NOTE: If your transcripts are too large to upload directly, please use Adobe Acrobat to make a pdf file of the right size.

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    Additional Requirements

    Each track has an additional unique requirement. See below for details on your desired track.

Applications for Fall 2018 admission will open November 1, 2017.

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will have a deadline of February 28, 2018. 


You will be applying for the Master’s of Entertainment Arts & Engineering with the emphasis of your choosing. EAE does not require the GRE for any tracks, but it is recommended for technical artists and engineers. The University of Utah’s GRE code is 4853.

Make sure your first and last name is on all supporting documents. Also, include your last name in all correspondence.

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Additional Requirements

All Tracks

Must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited University (If you’re not sure what this means, contact us at
GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Art Track

An art portfolio is required. You can find the guidelines here.

Engineering Track

A code sample is required. You can find the guidelines here. GRE scores are also highly recommended for Engineering applications.

Technical Arts Track

Applicants can submit either an art portfolio or a code sample, or both.

Production Track

There are no additional required materials.