MFA in Film-Television – Script & Screenwriting

Delivery Format: Online | On Campus

Total Credit Hours Required: 44+

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The Master of Fine Arts in Film-Television with a concentration in Script & Screenwriting, offered online or on campus in Virginia Beach, is a terminal degree program for professional writers. You will learn to write for film, television and stage. You'll also learn to remedy script problems, bring characters to life, and master plot and pacing with this on-campus and online MFA degree. Presented from a Christian worldview, this MFA screenwriting degree will provide you the opportunity to graduate with a minimum of three full-length scripts.

  • Explore commonly discussed and applied film & TV theories and aesthetics.
  • Conceptualize all phases of a film, television or video project, including development, research, scriptwriting, character development, scene analysis and storyline development.
  • Apply research skills to the process of creating film & TV production for public consumption.

Career Opportunities

  • Feature Film Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Television Writer
  • Trade Writer/Film Critic
  • Executive Producer
  • Editor/Script Doctor
  • Playwright
  • University Professor

 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*

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 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 4: Personal Goal Statement

Submit a 1 page Personal Goal Statement demonstrating an interest in a degree program from the School of Communication & the Arts. Please email to the Admissions Office at using the subject line: SCA Master's Application Pieces.

  1. Describe your professional and career goals and how graduate (OR doctoral) – level coursework from the School of Communication and the Arts will help you facilitate your objectives.
  2. Considering your personal, spiritual, and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree?

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

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
MFA in Film-Television $595 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)


Student Fees Per Semester

Course Infrastructure Fee (On-Campus Students) $200/course
University Services Fee (On-Campus Students) $700
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Library Course $50 one-time fee (All students must register for this course to graduate.)
Late Payment Fee $100

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

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.





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