Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Screen and Television

Pepperdine Screen Writing

Storytellers as Cultural Leaders

Pepperdine's two-year MFA in Writing for Screen and Television trains students for a vocation as screenwriters and prepares them to become cultural leaders in the entertainment industry. Courses in the program focus on the storyteller in conversation with contemporary culture through the lens of ethics, philosophy, film studies, and religion. Here at Pepperdine we take a values-centered approach to education and work to strengthen student lives in purpose, service, and leadership.

Program Requirements

The MFA degree in Writing for Screen and Television will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of classes and approval of a Master's Thesis Project and portfolio which will contain:

  • Ten-page vocational statement with the writer's approach to this vocation, including:
    • A statement of values, purpose, and goals as a cultural leader.
    • An outline/roadmap to accomplish these goals.
  • Thesis Project
    • Screenwriting Emphasis: two full-length screenplays (each 110-120 pages)
    • Television Emphasis: two 60-minute teleplays and two 30 minute teleplays
    • Or any combination of the two emphases above (approx. 180-240 pages), with the approval of the Thesis Director. The Master's Thesis Project and portfolio will be overseen by a thesis committee which will include the Program Director, a faculty member from Creative Writing, and a faculty member from Film Studies. The approval of the Thesis Project Committee is necessary for the awarding of the degree.


Faculty from across the College staff this interdisciplinary graduate program.

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