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Esports Management

The Esports Specialized Studies Program (9 units) has been updated to a full Certificate Program (12 units) as of Fall 2020. We are no longer accepting Specialized Studies candidates after November 30. As of December 1, only the 12 unit Certificate will be obtainable. If you have any questions about your Specialized Studies completion, please contact Chris Casas at chris.casas@uci.edu or 949-824-2898. Students interested in enrolling in the Esports Management Certificate Program can begin by enrolling in available courses.

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Overview


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The Esports Management Certificate Program prepares students to turn a passion for gaming into a viable career. According to a market report by Newzoo, 2020 total global esports revenues are $1.1B, an increase of 10.6% over 2019.

Traditional athletic apparel companies such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour are expected to compete for team jersey rights in the coming years and major telecom companies are acquiring gamer centric programming providers. Also, innovations in video streaming capabilities have arrived just in time for gaming platforms and titles to capitalize on the value of their media rights. As business opportunities flourish, the industry will create demand for professionals with the right mix of training, passion, and knowledge.

Program Benefits

Our industry expert instructors will help you:

  • Speak knowledgeably about the history, community, and business of esports with future employers and other stakeholders in the industry.
  • Develop actionable suggestions to encourage growth or improvement in the esports industry.
  • Develop effective communications geared towards fans and decision makers within the esports industry.
  • Create social media content that entices esports fan interaction.
  • Apply project management skills and tools to initiate, plan, execute, and close an esports live event.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

TitleWinterSpringSummerFall
HUMAN X420.11
Overview of Esports (3.00 Units)
HUMAN X420.11
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
HUMAN X420.12
Effective Communication in Esports (3.00 Units)
HUMAN X420.12
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Hybrid
HUMAN X420.13
Esports Project Management: Live Events (3.00 Units)
HUMAN X420.13
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
HUMAN X420.14
Esports Operations (3.00 Units)
HUMAN X420.14
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 16 Oct 22 Jan 21 Apr 22
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 21 Jan 4 Mar 29 Jun 21
Courses End* (week of) Dec 14 Mar 15 Jun 7 Sep 7
Parking Permits Expire Dec 31 Mar 31 Jun 30 Sep 30
Administrative Holidays Nov 11, Nov 26-27, Dec 24-25, Dec 31 Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 15 Mar 26, May 31 Jul 5, Sep 6

*Actual dates may vary by program.

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Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses for 12 units (120 hours) of instruction, with a letter grade of “C” or better. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Board

  • Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Twitch
  • Sam Cooper, Vice President, Global Product Management, Activision
  • Mark Deppe, Director of Esports, University of California, Irvine
  • Peter Krapp, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine
  • Doug Lombardi, VP of Marketing, Valve
  • Frank O'Connor, Franchise Development Director, Microsoft
  • Jay Puryear, Director of Brand Development, Treyarch
  • Adam Rosen, Esports Program Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Tyler Rosen, Esports Program Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Constance Steinkuehler, Informatics Professor, University of California, Irvine; Former President, Higher Education Video Game Alliance

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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