M.A. in Film-Television — Script Writing

School of Communication & the Arts

The Master of Arts in Film-Television with a concentration in Script Writing is an online or on-campus program that will prepare you to tell stories that leave a lasting impression on your audience. Learn to conceptualize all aspects of a film, television or stage project, including development, research, script writing, character development, scene analysis and storyline development. Your experience will culminate with your choice of a directed project, portfolio or thesis.

  • Practice writing for short film, television and feature film.
  • Explore ways to integrate your Christian faith into scripts you develop.
  • Deepen your understanding of story structure for stage and screen.

Career Opportunities:

  • Film/TV Scriptwriter
  • Playwright
  • Executive Producer
  • Copywriter/Editor
  • Theatre Director

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Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Priority Application Deadlines* 

  •  January Start: December 1 Deadline
  •  March Start: February 15 Deadline
  •  May Start: April 15 Deadline
  •  August Start: August 15 Deadline
  • October Start: October 1 Deadline

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application 

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.


Step 2: Application Fee 

Option 1: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Communication & the Arts on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee.


Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts 

Regent’s Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: COM Master's Application Pieces.


Step 4: Writing Sample 

Part One: In 750-1000 words, please write an essay about yourself, including your artistic, professional and spiritual journeys. Explain why you want to pursue the M.A. in Film-Television with a concentration in Script Writing. In your essay, discuss your personal, professional, artistic and spiritual goals. What kinds of scripts do you want to write? How do you think this degree will prepare you for the media work God has planned for you? Write in a professional manner as we will evaluate this essay as a partial writing sample for admissions. 

Part Two: Please submit a writing sample showcasing your story skills; we are looking for well-structured, thematically positive, character oriented material. Submit at least five pages of a screenplay, teleplay or stage play. All scripts must be in proper script format. Scripts are preferred, but in lieu of a script, a section of a novel or short story (at least five pages) may be submitted. 

At the bottom of your essay document, please include the contact information (phone number, email and title) for two professional or educational references. These should be people who would be willing to provide our faculty with a verbal recommendation should they need to be contacted. 

Submit both writing samples and references (as one document) electronically to an admissions counselor at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.


 Step 5: Current Résumé 

Provide a professional résumé of employment and accomplishments. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4394. 

Other items that may be submitted as supplemental pieces (but not required) include:

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.




Rates (2017-2018)

M.A. in Film-TV — Script Writing Program

$650/credit hour

Course Infrastructure Fee

$200/course (Fee discontinued from Session A 2017 for online students.)

Technology Fee


Student Parking

$100/semester (on-campus students)

Council of Graduate Students

$15/semester (on-campus students)

Library Course

$50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)

Late Fee

$100 (Applied due to late registration or late payment.)

Technology Recommendations for MFA and M.A. Film-Television (FTV) Majors 

In the School of Communication & the Arts, technical tools are important for effectively accomplishing class projects. While we don't endorse any platform in particular, we offer the following guidelines: 

1. Am I required to buy a camera or other equipment? 

No. Some students buy their own, but Regent University's FTV Equipment Office stocks cameras and other equipment needed for FTV class assignments. 

2. Am I required to buy a computer or software for editing? 

Regent strongly recommends that FTV students purchase their own system for editing class projects. FTV courses require students to shoot and edit their own class projects. 

3. Does Regent provide computers or software for editing? 

Regent recommends that you purchase your own system for editing class projects. For general coursework, there are several computer labs on campus, but there are no general editing labs. 

4. Can I use the computer I already own? 

An older computer might run new editing software, but performance will be slow and possibly unstable. If your system is more than three years old, or does not meet minimum software requirements, you should consider a new computer system.

5. Can I use the editing software I already own? 

Your system must be able to input, edit and output HD video in various formats. It must also be able to create titles and layer several tracks of audio (dialogue, sound effects and music). Depending on your needs, this can be as basic as the free software that often comes bundled with computers, or as elaborate as the professional systems on the market. 

6. Is there an advantage to buying a new system? 

Buying a new system gets you a warranty from the manufacturer. Manufacturer warranties are usually one year, and for an additional cost, can be up to three years. A newer system is faster and more stable, which can make you more productive with less waiting and frustration. 

7. What are the recommended desktop and laptop configurations? 

Because requirements are so complex and varied, we strongly advise that you follow your software's recommended — not the minimum — configuration for whichever system you choose. 

8. PC (Windows XP) or Mac (OS X)? 

Both platforms are viable for post-production work — assuming proper configurations in both cases. However, Apple editing software only works on Macs. Avid and Adobe software work on both Macs and PCs.

9. Laptop or desktop computer? 

While laptops offer portability, properly configured systems are costly and offer limited upgrade capability. In general, properly configured desktops are less costly than laptops and easier to upgrade. 

10. What editing software do I need? 

Depending on your editing needs, there are several good choices. Refer to #5 above. 

11. Do I need a DVD burner for my computer? 

Regent recommends that you have a DVD burner for completing assignments and for data backups, but it's not required. External, name-brand USB DVD burners can be purchased for under $30. 

12. Do I need an external hard drive? 

YES! The faster and higher the capacity the better. USB 3 for PCs and Thunderbolt or USB 3 for Macs. 

13. Does Regent University provide support for my computer and/or software? 

No. Computer or editing software problems should be handled by the manufacturer or dealer. Regent recommends that you buy an extended service agreement with help-desk support if you're not comfortable troubleshooting on your own.

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