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MFA in Screenwriting

Script Your Success with Regent’s Screenwriting Degree Program

Are you ready to master the art of storytelling? The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Screenwriting is a terminal degree program for professional writers. You will develop the scriptwriter in you as you hone your craft for film, television and stage. You’ll also learn to create important and effective narratives in multiple genres and styles through a range of media productions.

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October 24, 2022
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Advance Your Career 

Establish your reputation as a trusted professional with a terminal fine arts degree.

Deepen Your Knowledge Through the MFA in screenwriting degree program

Enhance your screenwriting skills by exploring applied theories and aesthetics.

Gain Hands-On Experience 

Graduate with a minimum of three full-length scripts that you can add to your portfolio.

Align Yourself With Excellence

Regent is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report, 2022. Presented from a Christian worldview, the in-demand television and video production degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach. Enhance your professional credentials with an MFA degree, gained online or on campus.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the online MFA in Screenwriting degree, you will be able to: 

  • Analyze and apply all the elements that go into a satisfying and socially redemptive story. 
  • Remedy script problems, bring characters to life and master plot and pacing. 
  • Conceptualize all phases of a screenwriting project, including research, scene analysis, and storyline development. 
  • Showcase enhanced skills in playwriting and writing for short films and television. 

Career Opportunities

  • Feature film screenwriter
  • Television writer
  • Trade writer/film critic
  • Executive producer
  • Editor/script doctor
  • University professor
The beautiful as applied to cinema. An ethics and theology of entertainment. The spiritual challenges of the visual storyteller’s vocation. Understanding the challenges of creating narratives intentionally from a Christian worldview.
Geared to expanding appreciation of the limits and possibilities of the screen art forms by analyzing the most significant film theorists of cinema history. Understanding how movies work in the audience.

Examination of the special circumstance of the short film script (less than 45 minutes running time). Students learn the narrative conventions of this format and write two film scripts through multiple drafts.

A breakdown of Aristotle’s Poetics as applied to cinema. Includes a history of narrative from the fable through post-modern storytelling, and an exhaustive analysis of all the elements that go into a satisfying and socially redemptive story. Geared toward the production of complete, worthy, and commercial feature film projects.
An analysis of the structural components of a variety of TV narrative program forms, such as situation comedies and hour-long dramas. Includes survey of markets and pitching techniques.
Builds upon the skills of SSW 513. Skills course that guides from the idea through treatment and step-outline to a finished first draft and the marketing of both the script and the writer. Special consideration given to format, story narration and dialogue polishing.
Personal preparation for life as a visual story writer. Includes creation of a personal credo and productivity profile. Discovering the writer’s voice. Understanding the demands of beauty and the specific spiritual and ethical challenges of an entertainment industry career.

2022-23 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

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: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 3: Professional CV or Resume

Submit a current resume, which should include experience in writing-focused positions. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SCA MFA Application Pieces.

Step 4: Creative Writing Sample

For this narrative writing sample, please submit 3-4 pages of your own completed future screenplay, short story, novel or memoir. No reference style or citation is required.

Step 5: Complete Your Academic Background Questionnaire

In lieu of the previously required personal goal statement, please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objective with our programs. The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, it will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you right away to help complete the rest of your application.

Step 6: Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


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

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6706$4,020
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$9206$5,520
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9503$2,850
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9503$2,850

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6709$6,030
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$9209$8,280
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9506$5,700
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9506$5,700

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6506$3,900
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8956$5,370
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9253$2,775
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9253$2,775

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Television & Video Production (MFA)$6509$5,850
Master of Fine Arts in Acting (MFA)$8959$8,055
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)$9256$5,550
Doctor of Strategic Communication (DSC)$9256$5,550

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

1. What is the GPA requirement for entrance into the school?

We require a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university. The School of Communication & the Arts will make acceptance decisions based on the totality of the student’s application file. We look at GPA, standardized test scores, the writing sample, references and the personal goals statement when considering someone for admission. If any one of these items is not strong the other pieces may help strengthen that applicant’s file.

2. Are there scholarships available to help me finance my education?

Yes, the School of Communication & the Arts has merit scholarships which are competitive and based on a student’s undergraduate GPA. See the Financial Aid section of our website for full details. We award financial aid monies on a first come, first served basis, so apply as early as possible for best chances at aid money.

3. If I am accepted into the school, do I have the option of delaying my enrollment if my plans have to change?

Yes, upon acceptance you have up to one academic year to enroll. If you do not matriculate within one academic year, a new application will be required.

4. I sent my transcripts to the school, yet I’m receiving notice that Regent is still waiting on my “degree posted transcript.” What is this?

Oftentimes applicants will send us transcripts while in their senior year of school. The transcript is missing a final class or two, and thus the actual earned degree (B.A., B.S., etc.) is not posted on the transcript. Regent needs the final transcript where the degree earned has been clearly posted. Until we receive that final transcript your admissions file is still incomplete.

5. What is the difference between an M.A. and an MFA? Which degree should I pursue?

An MFA is a talent-based terminal degree. This represents the highest academic degree one could earn in the performing arts field (there is no Ph.D. in Acting, Directing, etc.). An MFA not only thoroughly credentials you in your field, but it is also a requirement to teach performing arts at the university level. An M.A., on the other hand, is a graduate degree which will still fully immerse you in your field and prepare you for your career, but since it requires less hours, it is not considered a terminal degree. Your future career aspirations should determine whether you pursue an M.A. or an MFA. If you have any doubt as to the best option for you, we would be glad to discuss this with you.

6. How long will it take to receive an admissions decision from the time I submit all of my application materials?

Our admissions office aims to have a decision made on your file within five business days from the time it is completed. All MFA and Ph.D. files are reviewed at one time annually by degree.

7. Am I required to go full time or may I study at my own pace?

Students are encouraged to go at the pace they are comfortable with. Many students hold full-time jobs and have families and are able to only take one or two classes per semester.

“When I came to Regent, life had kind of clipped my wings. In hindsight, I see that Regent wasn’t so much a restoration project, but rather a new-construction project. ”

Bruce Long, M.A. in Cinema/ TV Acting & Directing, 2001 Executive Director, CITA Producer, The Repertoire Fund

“When it comes to higher education, it’s about giving students every opportunity to succeed and making sure they have the tools to walk out God’s calling. I've been given so much opportunity and a fantastic education at Regent; if that doesn't set me up to help someone else, what will? ”

Stephanie Iaquinto, Ph. D., 1996 Communications

“Regent trained me to be a skilled decision-maker.”

Sharon Weston Broome, M.A. in Communication, 1984 Mayor-President of Baton Rouge-East Baton Rouge Parish

“I’m so excited to officially be an alumna of Regent University with my Master of Arts in Journalism.”

Nicole Gamboni, M.A. in Journalism, 2019 Financial Services Professional, MassMutual Commonwealth

“I took a trip to the campus and was blown away by the beauty of the school. What actually won me over to finally pursue an advanced degree was the professional resources offered by the School of Communication & the Arts, as well as the curriculum.”

Jonathan Santiago, M.A., 2012 Digital Media