Boston University - College of Communication (M.F.A. Screenwriting)

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A well-rounded screenwriter is a more effective screenwriter. That’s why a well-rounded curriculum lies at the heart of Boston University’s ...
Degrees Offered
  1. 2 Year M.F.A.
  1. Screenwriting
Yearly Tuition
$40k to $50k
Application Deadline Types
  1. Priority Deadline
  2. Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2022
Rolling Admission Application Deadline: May 1, 2022

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What is the Application Fee? $ 95
Is a GRE required for admission? No
Is a portfolio required for admission? Yes
How many Letters of Reference are required? 3
Location: Boston
  • 2 years, Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
  • Tuition: $57,686/year
Boston University takes the approach of “a well-rounded screenwriting is a more effective screenwriter” in their MFA in Screenwriting program. Students explore writing for different genres and mediums, develop their own ideas and adaptions, create spec scripts for current television shows, and conceptualize their own pilot idea. They also learn the business side of the screenwriting industry.

A unique twist to Boston’s University’s screenwriting program is that students spend their final semester studying in Los Angeles while completing an internship. Throughout their two years, students are taught by award-winning faculty. The admission process includes an official application, transcripts, three recommendation letters, resume, written and videoed answers through BU’s online platform, a personal statement, and two writing samples.

Learn more about Boston University’s application process here.

Application Requirements

Personal Statement​

Tell us about yourself and your experiences with screenwriting. Why do you think you’ll succeed in the BU graduate program and beyond? Your statement should be no longer than 750 words and double-spaced, please.

Two Fictional Writing Samples​

Submit two original writing samples. They may be a portion of a screenplay, teleplay, short script, play or prose (at least one screenplay or teleplay is highly recommended). The combined length of both samples should be no more than 20 pages. On the first page of your writing sample, please identify what type of sample you are submitting: feature, a short, television pilot, etc. Please do not include more than two samples.

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Screenwriting Program Review by a Second Year Student
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  • Small cohort
  • Integrated Program
  • Experienced Professors
  • Location
  • Variety of Courses
  • Graduate Teaching Instructor Opportunities
  • Focused on Storytelling at it’s core
  • No overlap with production prescribed into curriculum
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Conflicting Perspectives from Faculty
Current student in the screenwriting MFA program at BU.

There’s a lot to love in this program, I think overall it is one of the more underrated screenwriting programs in the nation, and I don’t say that because I go here, or maybe I do :). Biases aside, the course work is really great, and it’s all done within very intimate settings. The cohort of the program is by design small, with the department capping the program at 12 students each year. As a prospective student, this does make your chances of getting into the program that much harder, but as an admitted student, trust me when I say it really helps. The small class sizes allow for you to really get to know your peers and their style of writing, to the point where you can easily recognize someone’s story and their voice, even if you didn’t know it was their piece. Beyond that, the course work is challenging, but it does expand upon your abilities as a writer, and the focus on storytelling not only helps your screenwriting, but fiction too if you are also versed in that.
Downsides to the program, the faculty has varying opinions on a number of different screenplay formatting rules, and storytelling principles. It leads to a confusing take on what should be an educational experience. You find yourself wondering how you should write depending on what a particular Professor is looking for. That being said, different perspectives truly help educate, so while it may be confusing at times, I think the overall effect of these different perspectives is a positive one.

Plus, who doesn’t love Boston?
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