Emerson’s Writing for Film and Television MFA professors guide you through the writing process from your initial story idea to the final draft of each script. Acting as mentors throughout your program, your professors will meet with you regularly to discuss your career goals, advise you as you create your professional writing portfolio, and help set you up for success after graduation.

Each semester you will work with a professional guest lecturer at an in-person Master Class. The rest of your course will be online, allowing you the flexibility to earn your MFA from anywhere.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Low-residency MFA program
  • Each semester begins with a six-day residency, alternating between our Boston and Los Angeles campuses, where students explore Master Classes, seminars, screenings, guest lectures, staged readings, pitch sessions, and more
  • Semesters are 100% online with asynchronous coursework (and some synchronous workshops) to fit your schedule
  • No GRE required to apply
  • 2-year long, full-time program

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Upcoming Events

Encore Scholarship Webinar: How to get Your Discounted Master's Degree at Emerson

October 27, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

During this session, you'll get the opportunity to hear from our admission staff and learn more about our graduate programs and alumni Encore scholarship.

Experience Emerson Live: Writing a Compelling Protagonist

November 10, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST

Join us for a virtual glimpse into our Writing for Film and Television (MFA) program! During this interactive session, you'll hear from Emerson screenwriting faculty about ways to craft a layered, complex protagonist for your screenplay or pilot script. From your protagonist’s backstory and flaws, to how they interact with the world of your story, you’ll leave the session with new ideas for how to breathe life and depth into your main character.