Film & Television

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MFA in Screenwriting



Our Alumni

  • Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead)
  • Bruce Feirstein (Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough)
  • Jim Gianopulos (Fox Filmed Entertainment)
  • Joe Roth (Revolution Studios)
  • Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, Free Willy)
  • Richard Gladstein (Reservoir Dogs, Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules)

Students completing the two-year graduate program will earn an MFA in Screenwriting and be prepared to place, sell, and/or produce their work in the film and television industry. The program is small yet vigorous and nurturing. Our motto: writers write.

Students in the program are required to write, at minimum:

  • Two feature-length screenplays
  • One short script
  • One television pilot

Beyond learning the art and craft of screenwriting, students interested in gaining teaching experience will have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistant positions in which they will lead discussion groups with undergraduate, beginning screenwriters. These positions hold the opportunity for tuition remission.

An optional fifth post-graduate semester in Los Angeles is aimed at providing the students with invaluable experience in the business of film and the opportunity to work with established writers on TV staffs or in agencies and development departments. Please see the “Writer in Hollywood” for more information.


For more information regarding this program, contact the Director of Screenwriting, Professor Scott J. Thompson, at