Games and Simulation Certificate

About the Program

The UArizona's iSchool Games and Simulation certificate serves a diverse student population, training both 1) technically-minded students the nuances associated with effectively modeling real and imaginary settings, and 2) less technically-minded students the basic skills necessary for making ideas come to life in a digital space.

The Game and Simulation certificate will provide undergraduate students with the design and development skills necessary to create virtual interactive environments that span across devices and platforms. While a certificate is not a professional certification,  this certificate will signal to employers that students have dedicated the time and energy necessary to build fluency with concepts that underlie virtual world development. 

Up to 6 units may be shared with a degree requirement (major, minor, General Education) or second certificate.

Declare my Certificate 


A certificate can be completed as a stand-alone program or alongside an undergraduate degree. There are no additional application requirements for the Games and Simulation Certificate.

If you are a current UArizona student, you can declare your certificate at the button above. 

If you are not a current UArizona student, you can apply for admission as a certificate-seeking student.

Games and Simulation is available in the Main campus and in Arizona Online

Students must meet the same general UArizona admissions criteria as degree-seeking students. The requirements and expectations are the same as a first-year, transfer or readmit student depending on what admit type a student is (first-year, transfer or readmit). Students have to fill out the application fully and submit all required transcripts and requested materials. Certificate seeking students (as in Certificate seeking only, not as part of a degree) are not eligible for merit aid or financial aid and if they apply as degree-seeking in the future, they are considered “readmits”.


Students are required to maintain a 2.0 or C average in certificate coursework to complete the certificate. Student who wish to graduate with an undergraduate certificate should submit a certificate application to graduation services when they have finished the certificate requirements. There is a one-time $15 graduation fee. There are no deadlines to apply to graduate with a certificate. 

Required Courses

  • 12 units are required for the certificate 
  • Up to 6 units may be shared with a degree requirement (major, minor, General Education) or second certificate.

  • 9 units in residence (taken through UArizona; not transfer)

  • All students, including Game and Information Science major students, may only 'double use' 6 units towards another program of study (major, minor, General Education, or another certificate)

Certificate Checklist 

Elective Courses

  • Complete 2 GAME courses (6 units)

Additional Electives

  • Complete one additional course (3 units) chosen from any of the following: