How to Submit the LMU Graduate Division Application for 2024 Entry

Graduate applicants must fill out two applications: the LMU Graduate Division application and the SFTV Supplemental application. Both applications are online. The Graduate Division application includes core supporting academic materials, while the SFTV Supplemental application contains creative portfolio materials

Prospective graduates can only apply once each year for one M.F.A. program. As of Fall 2023, LMU SFTV only admits graduate applicants for the fall semester.

How to complete the LMU Graduate Division Application for 2024


  1. Graduate Online Application: Fill out the graduate online application (plus pay the $50 non-refundable application fee).
  2. Official Transcripts: Contact the Registrar's Office of each college or university you have attended and request one official copy of your transcripts be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office. If ordering electronic transcripts, request one copy be released to graduateadmission@lmu.edu. For current or former LMU students, please read here. Unofficial transcripts cannot be uploaded. Transcripts should be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Charles Von der Ahe Building, Suite 235
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
  1. Transcript / Credit Evaluation: Applicants who have completed their post-secondary education from an institution outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated and translated by a U.S.-based transcript evaluation service before the application is considered for admission. The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your post-secondary degree is the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. A "course-by-course" transcript evaluation identifying your GPA is required. A few commonly used evaluation service agencies are as follows:
  1. English Language Proficiency Requirement (International Applicants Only)*: Applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they received a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree in the United States. Exceptions to this rule may be made for students from countries where English is one of several official languages, as well as at the discretion of the school's administration. The minimum TOEFL score for admission into most graduate programs is 100 internet-based and IELTS Overall Band Score of 7. Please request that ETS or IELTS send your official scores to LMU Graduate Admissions. The LMU Institution Code is 4403 to request the TOEFL.
  1. GRE Scores: The GRE is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.
*Note: If, after admission to a graduate program, an applicant's proficiency in English should prove inadequate, the University reserves the right to require additional proficiency in English. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the graduate program.

FilmSchool.org admitted student perspective

@wuzpoppin says: "The process was straightforward like the others. The time-intensive parts were the creative samples: two half-hour scripts and one creative challenge. I re-used the same personal statement I wrote for my USC application and re-recorded the same personal "Video Recording" I used for USC."

@brel23 says: "Every interaction I have had with LMU's faculty and staff have been great; I had a great feeling about them in the fall and they asked if I'd like to visit the facilities. So, I took a chance and flew out from NY to LA, and had a great meeting and tour. When it came time for my admissions interview, it went well. They asked where I was currently working, and they asked me to talk to them about my writing."

For more information, make a virtual appointment with a graduate admissions advisor to discuss applying to and attending LMU SFTV. You can also email sftvgradprograms@lmu.edu or call 310.258.4630.