Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

The Graduate School

MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage


405 Church Street

Evanston, IL 60208

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage

Format: Campus

Program Description:

After completing this MFA, you will possess: A full portfolio of diverse work Business acumen for navigating in the professional world of writing A network of new colleagues, including the program’s working faculty and visiting artists featuring leading voices and rising stars in writing, such as Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) John Logan (The Aviator), Greg Berlanti (Everwood), Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter)—as well as media executives, agents, and producers In addition to incisive coursework, Northwestern offers the professional writer other remarkable opportunities. During this two-year program you'll have access to: A $5000 grant to help bring to life your play, screenplay, or teleplay First-class technical facilities and a black-box studio in which to film or stage works The opportunity to see professional actors perform your work Internships in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago to give you on-the-job understanding of the industry Entrée to the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance, a recognized media force devoted to promoting the careers of recent Northwestern graduates Northwestern’s commitment to cross-departmental interaction and collaboration among faculty and students creates fertile ground for inspiration and expression. Many of our programs, such as the PhD in Screen Cultures and Program in Sound Design break down boundaries and allow unfettered exploration for graduate students. Our school gives birth to some of the country's most exciting new theatre, such as the work emerging from our American Music Theatre Project and the remarkable productions that are Amanda Dehnert's Verona Project and Mary Zimmerman's Eleven Rooms of Proust.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

For non-native speakers the TOEFL or IELTS (not less than two years old). The minimum score for the MFA is 600 paper / 250 computer / 100 Internet based for the TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS. Non-native MFA applicants wishing to be considered for appointment as a Teaching Assistant must submit a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or 26 on the TOEFL speaking section, taken no more than two years before consideration for appointment. The TSE is not required for admission.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 18

In State Tuition (per year): 45000 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 45000 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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