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Game+ Program: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) to Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

The B.A. to M.F.A. program option offers qualified Becker College Interactive Media undergraduates the opportunity to enroll in graduate courses and gain conditional* acceptance into the Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program while completing their undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in the Game+ program can earn both their BA and MFA in just five years!

Game+ Program Track

All required undergraduate courses are completed during the first three years of undergraduate study with the fourth year acting as a bridge year into the graduate program. In the fifth and final year of study students will complete their graduate research and thesis projects.

Students wishing to take advantage of the Game+ option should indicate their intentions in their freshman year to be placed on the correct academic course track and should consult with their Academic Advisors and the MFA Program Director to ensure that their schedules align with the B.A. to M.F.A program curriculum.

Game+ Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements for their first three undergraduate years:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Maintain a Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Maintain a Game GPA of 3.0 (this includes all GAME/ART/CPTR courses required for the BA degree).
  • Submit a portfolio for review at the end of each academic year.
    • Portfolio will be judged by a faculty panel and graded as “Pass, Pass with Concern, or Fail”.
    • Students must pass a minimum of two portfolio reviews for conditional acceptance into the MFA program in their fourth year.
  • Completion of at least 90 credits prior to graduate course registration.
  • In their Junior (third) year students must formally apply for conditional* acceptance to the M.F.A. program; In order to be registered for 5000 level courses in their Senior (fourth) year.
  • Any graduate courses taken by a baccalaureate degree student that are credited toward the Master’s degree must have been obtained with a grade of B or better.
  • ONLY courses of 5000-level or higher may count toward the M.F.A. degree.

*Conditional acceptance allows students to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year of undergraduate study. Upon graduation and successful completion of all B.A. to M.F.A. requirements, this student may be awarded unconditional acceptance into the graduate program, requiring only one additional year to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree curriculum.

Students who do not meet all B.A to M.F.A requirements may still apply for acceptance to the program but must include 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement along with their portfolio for review. Acceptance will be at the discretion of the Application Review Committee and the Program Director.

More Info About the MFA Degree:

For more details about the Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program including tuition & fees, financial aid, and questions about courses or studio work, contact the MFA Program Director, Assistant Professor Amanda Theinert at 508.373.9743 or email amanda.theinert@becker.edu.

For application and enrollment questions email graduateadmissions@becker.edu.

Becker College has been called “a destination for game designers” by U.S. News and World Report. Becker College, home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), has been consistently ranked by The Princeton Review for the past six years as a top undergraduate school to study game design–#4 in the world in 2017; our game design and game development and programming majors are among the most innovative and best in the nation.