Azusa Pacific University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
635 USD/credit
635 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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 APU’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

  • Cinematic Arts and Culture
  • Directing for Screenwriters
  • Script Analysis for Screenplays and Teleplays
  • Screenwriting: Story and Character
  • Entertainment Production
  • Development and Production for Screenwriters
  • Adaptation for Film and Television
  • Writing the Feature Screenplay
  • Screenplay/Teleplay Portfolio Workshop
  • Writing the Drama Pilot
  • Writing the Comedy Pilot

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An International Graduate Application form (Apply Online | Download PDF*)
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • A letter to the dean
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Experience or Resume
  • Official university transcripts (Please see the Transcript Policy below.)
  • Official TOEFL (90 iBT M.A./M.S.) or IELTS (7.0 M.A./M.S.) score

Tuition Fee

  • International

    635 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 635 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    635 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 635 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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