MS in Computer Graphics Technology

Get your Master's of Science Degree with a focus in Computer Graphics Technology

The MS degree in CGT is highly flexible and enables students to focus in one of the areas below and to create an individualized plan of study.

Building information modeling

Participating facultyHazar Dib, Clark Cory

Computational art

Computer animation

Computer graphics programming

Computer graphics programming prepares students for jobs in research and development on computer graphics topics such as mgeometric and procedural modeling, object reconstruction, GPU-oriented computing, real-time computer graphics, and simulations. Our alumni have found jobs in major companies and research labs such as Adobe, Apple, DreamWorks, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, Siemens,  and Square Enix.

Game studies

Game studies focuses on the technical, aesthetic, and usability dimensions of video game design and development. The CGT Game Studies track is a research-oriented program in which students develop innovative original productions complemented by academic scholarship. Alumni have been gone on to both animation and gaming companies such as Disney, Volition Deep Silver, Sony, Avalanche, Naughty Dog, Activision and many others.

Participating faculty: David Whittinghill

Human-centered design and development (HCDD)

The human centered design and development (HCDD) specialization prepares students for careers in user experience (UX) and doctoral studies in human-computer interaction (HCI).  Students learn methods, principles and theories of design. Human-centered design aims to create products and services that are “user-friendly.” HCDD at Purdue combines knowledge of technology, human nature, as well as visual and written communication to create products and services with graphical user interfaces that are easy and fun to use. The study of HCDD ranges from applied product design to theoretical and methodological reflection and innovation. Alumni have been successful working in UX at companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Disney, Salesforce, and others.

Information visualization and visual analytics

Information visualization and visual analytics studies the (interactive) visual representations of abstract data, scientific data, and other sources of information to reinforce human cognition.  outgrowth of the fields of information visualization and scientific visualization, visual analytics  focuses on analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces.

Product lifecycle management

Video production and visual effects

Participating facultyCarlos Morales

Virtual and augmented reality

Virtual and Augmented Reality focuses on applied research and development in the fields of virtual and augmented reality. The CGT VR/AR track is a research-oriented program in which students develop innovative original productions complemented by academic scholarship. Students and faculty frequently closely collaborate with the Purdue Envision Center for Perceptualization, a world-class facility outfitted with the most current equipment available in the field.

Web and mobile development


Current undergraduate CGT students may be eligible to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in only five years with a special plan of study.

The following areas of specialization can appear on a student's transcript if the student has completed the courses required by an area:

Human-Centered Design and Development

Required courses:

CGT 512 “User Experience Design And Evaluation”

TECH 697 “Qualitative Research Methods in Technology”

Selective courses: (pick two)

IE 577 “Human Factors in Engineering,” Robert Proctor

IE 659 “Human Aspects in Computing,” Ji Soo Yi

IE 559 “Job Design,” Vincent Duffy

TECH 637 “Social Media Research Seminar,” Mihaela Vorvoreanu

A&D522 “Interaction Design Evaluation”

A&D532 “Cognition for Interaction Design”

CGT 513 “Interactive Multimedia Development & Research”

ECE 695 “Crowd Powered Systems”, Alex Quinn

CNIT 552 “Information Technology Project Management”

Perceptualization and Scientific Visualization

21 credit hours from the following courses:

CGT 512, CGT 513, CGT 515, CGT 516, CGT 520, CGT 521, CGT 600, CGT 581 (Applications of Scientific Visualization; Applications of Information Visualization).

Electives in Computer Science, Engineering, Art & Design, Education, and Psychology.

Although not required, 3D modeling experience, programming experience in languages such as C/C++, and/or development experience with graphics tools such as OpenGL, Inventor or VRML is strongly encouraged.

The CGT department also participates in the Computational Interdisciplinary Graduate Program