M.F.A. In Screenwriting

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Screenwriting targets those who desire a professionally-oriented education and training in screenwriting for film, television, and interactive media.

The degree program is designed as a two year degree program (consisting of 42 units), culminating in two (2) screenwriting thesis projects aimed at the professional film, television and other media market.

Application requirements: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and samples of competent and creative writing, such as original screenplays, teleplays, theatrical plays, or other narrative work. Competitive application process.


The degree program consists of 14 courses of three units each, totaling 42 units. The study plan consists of four courses per semester for the first three semesters and two courses in the final fourth semester. All courses are offered by the Department of Cinema and Television Arts and are currently designated as "CTVA" in the catalog and schedule of classes (or "RTVF" in older materials).


Those applying to the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program must first apply to California State University Fullerton for admission. Please go to https://www2.calstate.edu/apply to access the online application and request for transcripts.

In order to consider your application to this graduate program, we will need the following supplementary materials sent directly to our office via post (please do not send to the campus Admissions office, that will only delay the process). All materials must be typewritten.

One (1) essay . In your essay, explain why you feel this is the right program for you at this time in your life.(This should be no longer than two pages.) Include your name, address, phone and email address at the top of the essay.

Two (2) creative writing samples. The samples should best represent you, such as: a film script (short or feature length), and/or a play (short or full length), and/or a short story, and/or another writing sample you think is appropriate. We will be open to any imaginative piece of work that you feel represents you.

Three (3) recommendations. These should be from teachers, mentors or other applicable sources who are able to write regarding your writing and/or work ethic. Each recommendation should include an email address or phone number where the person may be reached.

DEADLINES for Fall 2019 cohort: Early = March 1, 2019; Late = June 1, 2019

The submission of these materials by March 1 will enable our graduate committee to give full consideration to each applicant. Late submissions will be considered as time and space in the program permits.


Application materials should be sent together in one mailing to:

MFA in Screenwriting
California State University, Fullerton
CTVA CP-650-07
2600 Nutwood Ave.
Fullerton CA 92831

Be sure to put CTVA in the address to ensure your materials get to the department.

Questions? Email Professor Robert "Bob" Engels, MFA advisor, at rengels@fullerton.edu, or call the Cinema and Television Arts office at (657) 278-7883.