MFA in Screenwriting

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
  • Two short scripts
  • One spec of an existing sitcom
  • One spec of an existing hour-long television show
  • One pilot of an original television series

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.

An optional fifth post-graduate semester in Los Angeles is aimed at providing students with invaluable experience in the film and television industry. Internships include working alongside development executives, talent agents, and/or staff writers on an established television show. Please see the Writer in Hollywood program page for more information.

Screenwriting Curriculum

A total of 64 credits is required to receive the degree.

First Semester

  • COM FT 702 Script into Film
  • COM FT 552 Writing the Short Film
  • COM FT 711 Screenwriting I
  • COM FT 722 American Masterworks or COM FT 721 International Masterworks

Second Semester

  • COM FT 707 Production I
  • COM FT 512 Writing Episodic Drama
  • COM FT 704 Genre for Screenwriting
  • COM FT 713 Screenwriting II

Third Semester

  • COM FT 724 Screenwriting III
  • COM FT 730 Screen Adaptation I
  • COM FT 522 Writing Situation Comedy
  • Elective

Fourth Semester

  • COM FT 729 Script Analysis
  • COM FT 731 Screenwriting IV
  • COM FT 514 Writing the Television Pilot
  • Elective