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Develop your career in a rapidly-growing industry with a Professional Certificate in Esports from SDSU Global Campus.

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About the program

Esports, or competitive multiplayer gaming, is thriving.

Each year, there are thousands of amatuer and professional esports competitions, with millions of dollars in prize pools. Many of the world’s top-name brands — including BMW, Intel, and the Coca Cola Company — have sponsored numerous esports tournaments. With companies spending millions of dollars for sponsorships, franchise development, and tournament broadcasting rights, Goldman Sachs predicts that by 2022, the market for esports will top $2.95 billion. Esports is a rapidly-growing industry with employment opportunities abound, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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Join the exciting world of esports by earning one of two Professional Certificates in Esports from SDSU Global Campus. We offer two unique professional development tracks, depending on your goals in the esports industry:

  • Professional Certificate in Esports Management
  • Professional Certificate in Esports Design

All courses are 100% online, taught by sporting professionals, and open to all — no experience required. Whether you’re new to the industry or you’ve already started your career in esports, our esports certificate program will help you build your gaming career in as little as 12 months.

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Program is perfect for

Earning your Professional Certificate in Esports from SDSU Global Campus will help you turn your passion for gaming into a rewarding career. It’s designed for students who are new to the esports industry, as well as early- and mid-career professionals who are seeking professional development, career advancement, and/or entrepreneurial opportunities in a highly-lucrative industry.

With two unique tracks to choose from, the program will help you launch a successful career in gaming, whether you’re interested in working with on-the-field talent or building the next great gaming experience. Through online courses taught by highly-experienced SDSU Global Campus instructors, you’ll learn what it takes to serve in roles at all levels of the gaming industry, including:

Content Creation
Talent Operations
League Operations
Social Media Marketing
Shooter/Editor
Product Managers
Player Development
Scouting/Analytics
Video Coordination

No matter what your goals are, SDSU’s esports program will combine your passion with the training and in-demand knowledge that the gaming industry needs.

What you can learn

SDSU’s esports program will help you learn about the various areas of esports business so that you can find your fit in this growing industry. After taking three foundational core courses, you’ll get to customize your curriculum by choosing one of two unique certificate tracks.

A. Professional Certificate in Esports Management

If you’re interested in growing the game, SDSU’s esports management program will help you develop a deeper understanding of the business of esports. You’ll learn how to work with on-the-field talent through player development and team management. You’ll also learn how to plan exciting events that will engage (and grow) your audience through broadcasts, streaming, and other transmission methods.

B. Professional Certificate in Esports Design

If you’re interested in building games, our esports design program will help you learn how to develop highly-immersive gaming experiences for a variety of audiences. These online courses will show you how to create advanced content for PCs, next-gen consoles, and mobile devices, with specialized modules on video production, sound design, user experience, and more.

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Outcomes

According to HitmarkerJobs, a website that compiles gaming and esports jobs, there are currently over 7,000 active listings from more than 50 countries seeking qualified professionals to help the esports industry grow. Employment opportunities have grown by an astounding 185.74% when comparing the first six months of 2019 to the first six months of 2018. Many of these jobs are seeking junior- and intermediate-level employees. 55% of all jobs in the esports industry are located in the U.S., with another 17% seeking remote employment. 75% of all job postings were for full-time positions.

Top Job Titles

  • Software Engineers
  • Product Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Research Analysts
  • Account Managers

Top Companies

  • The Madison Square Garden Company
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Skillz Inc.
  • Blizzard Inc.

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Why Should You Choose Us?

Custom Curriculum

With two unique tracks to choose from, SDSU’s esports program will help you develop a unique career that works for you, no matter what your goals are.

Accessibility

This program is 100% online, competitively priced, and open to anyone with a passion for esports, no prior experience required to start.

Expert Instructors

SDSU Global Campus instructors are passionate about helping you develop your career. Lessons are led by a variety of seasoned professionals from sports media, software development, and the world of professional esports.

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Business Courses (40 Units)

ACCT 325: Intermediate Managerial and Tax Accounting (3 Units)
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Writing Proficiency Requirements (3-6 Units)

RWS 305W: Writing in Various Settings (3 units)
RWS 280: Academic Reading & Writing (3 units)

RWS 280 — Academic Reading & Writing will be waived for the Fall 2020 cohort due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can take your WPA Test in the spring, but if you don’t score a 10 on your exam, you’d have to take both RWS 280 and RWS 305W. If you decide not to take the test, you’ll only be required to take RWS 305W. If you take the WPA Test and pass, you won’t be required to take any additional Writing Proficiency courses.

 

General Education Explorations Courses (9 Units)

Environmental ENG 320: Designing Solutions for Environmental Problems (3)
Communication 371: Intercultural Communication (3)
History 441: Unnatural Disasters: History of Current Environmental Problems (3)

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Admission Requirements

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    • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
      • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
      • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units. Mathematics 150, 151, and 252 will satisfy this requirement
  • A minimum of 30 Units of General Education Courses
  • The Golden Four Requirement, which includes:
    • Oral Communication — complete a basic public speaking course or other communication course with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
    • Written Communication — complete a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
    • Critical Thinking — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
    • Mathematics — complete a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra with a grade of "C-" or higher in at least 3 semester (or 4 quarter) units
  • Complete the American Institutions Requirement
    • The American Institutions requirement is designed to demonstrate that students have an understanding of American history, the United States Constitution, and California state and local government.
  • Satisfy the CSU mathematics and writing requirements
  • Have an overall 2.7+ college GPA

Application Instructions

If you meet the admissions requirements and wish to apply, please complete an application through Cal State Apply.

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Please do not send your official transcripts unless you are offered admission.

For more detailed admission requirements and other application information, please consult our Transfer Admissions Information.

Cost

$550/Unit
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