24 months
684 USD/credit 10260 USD/year
684 USD/credit 10260 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Screenwriting program at Azusa Pacific University prepares writers with literary talent and strong motivation to tell substantive stories that point audiences toward truth and beauty, while exploring the dialogue between faith and cinematic arts.


Faculty are entertainment industry veterans who are passionate about mentoring students as they hone their craft. And with close proximity to Hollywood, students benefit from collaborative opportunities to learn from visiting professionals.

The programme

The M.A. in Screenwriting program, housed in Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Cinematic Arts, is offered in a low-residency program format that supports working professionals. The program is the only graduate screenwriting degree offered among Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) on the West Coast.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cinematic Arts and Culture
  • Directing for Screenwriters
  • Script Analysis for Screenplays and Teleplays
  • Screenwriting: Story and Character
  • Entertainment Production
  • Web Series Development and Production

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Current résumé of work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement in essay or short story form about why you became a writer. Feel free to be creative. This statement should reflect your personality and individual perspective on life and the world. (Less than 500 words.)
  • Writing samples: 

Creative challenge: Write a scene between two people using one of the following ideas. Make sure to use proper screenplay formatting (2-5 pages maximum).

  • “A husband or wife finds a letter written by an old flame.”
  • “Your best friend since grade school is a Russian spy.”
  • “Flirting at the grocery store.”

Writing sample: A feature-length screenplay, a teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot), a short story, or a one-act play.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 684 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    10260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 684 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Pacific

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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