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The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) 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: Bachelors 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, totalling 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 Radio-TV-Film and are designated as "RTVF" in the catalog and schedule of classes.

  • 435 Directing Film and TV

  • 459 Adaptation for Screenwriters

  • 480 Management in RTVF

  • 512 American Television History

  • 515 Film Theory and Criticism

  • 520 Advanced Scene Study

  • 550 Story Structure and Draft

  • 551 Sitcom: Spec and Draft

  • 552 One-Hour Drama: TV Spec and Pilot

  • 553T Genres for Writers

  • 555 First Draft Screenplay

  • 556 Screenplay: Rewrite

  • 562 Media Literacy and Ethics

  • 580 Writing Project #1

  • 581 Writing Project #2

  • 597 Final Project

Sample study plan rotation of courses, subject to change

Student Learning Outcomes

MFA in Screenwriting Student Learning Outcomes

Policies and Guidelines

Graduate Regulations in University Catalog

CSU Fullerton Graduate Student Guide

Academic Standards for Graduate Degree Students (UPS 410.106)

How To Apply

Those applying to the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting program must first apply to California State University Fullerton for admission. Please go to 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 an other 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.

DEADLINE for Fall 2015 cohort: June 1, 2015.

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
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton CA 92831-3547

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

Questions? Email Professor Jule Selbo, MFA advisor, at or call the Radio-TV-Film office at (657) 278-7883.