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Screenwriting Online

Course Dates

Updated course dates will be be available here in November.



Class Size & Technical Requirements

Workshops are limited to 10 students each.

In order to participate in the Professional Program in Screenwriting Online, you'll need a computer to access the Zoom app.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines for the 2023-2024 program will be available here in November. 

Late Applications

It is possible that late applications may be considered after the posted deadline, but only if a spot is still available in the program. Please email us at if you would like to submit an application after the posted deadline. Do not submit a late application without emailing us first.

The Professional Program in Screenwriting features an admissions process based on supporting application materials. The prerequisite is that the applicant have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree, in any field. Once we have received a complete application, the applicant will be notified of admission status via email within 20 business days.

(It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide a working email address with the application. Please note that our replies to Hotmail and MSN email addresses tend to be sent to spam folders. Please create a Gmail address for your application.)


Please read the application instructions carefully. Consideration will be given as to whether or not the applicant follows these instructions.

Applicants to Professional Program in Screenwriting must submit a completed application form via online. Applications will not be accepted via email.


VERY IMPORTANT - BEFORE YOU UPLOAD ANY FORMS OR TRANSCRIPTS, make sure that you have blacked out your social security number, home address, student ID#, or any other private information that could be compromised during transit from your server to ours. Applicants who do not follow these instructions will not be considered. 


Before clicking the Start Application button, please have the following ready to upload:

1. Five-Page Writing Sample We will only accept writing samples in screenplay or teleplay format. Pages may come from any point in the script as long as they are consecutive. Do not send novels, short stories, outlines, treatments, poems, articles or journal/blog entries.

2. One-Page Statement of Purpose
Your Statement of Purpose is simply a short essay in which we'd like you to tell us a little about yourself, your writing experience and goals. Your Statement of Purpose should be one full page in length, single or double spaced. Once written, copy and paste the text into the correct field not he application page.

3. Undergraduate Bachelor's Transcript or Copy of Degree Certificate or DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse
Although we do not take college grades into consideration, we require proof that an undergraduate Bachelor's degree, in any field, has been conferred. Please provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy is okay), or a copy of your degree certificate, or a DegreeVerify Certificate from National Student Clearinghouse. Alternatively, if you have an advanced degree such as an MFA, we will accept that transcript or certificate.

Be sure to sign the Professional Programs Policies on the application page, or your application cannot be considered.



Tuition for the Professional Program in Screenwriting is $6,550. Payments are collected in two installments: $2,000 is charged upon admission to the program, with the balance normally due a few weeks prior to the start of the program.

If you are accepted into the program, you will be contacted with instructions on how to pay your deposit.  A deposit must be paid to hold your spot in the program.

We can only accept credit or debit cards for tuition payments.

IMPORTANT: There is no application fee for our programs. If an applicant is not admitted, the applicant will not be charged.


At this time, financial aid is not available for any of our courses. However, some banks offer private loans specifically for non-degree programs and will send the money to you upon verification of enrollment. Applicants interested in a private loan must first be enrolled in one of our programs and make their tuition payments directly to the Professional Programs office as described above. Do not apply for a loan that requires the lender to send the money to the university. Once you make your payments to the Professional Programs office, the lending bank will request proof of enrollment and/or a receipt. We can provide those items for you.

Please be advised that because this program is not for academic credit Sallie Mae loans are not available.

Please be advised that because this program is not for academic credit GI Bill funds are not available for this program.


Applicants who would like to withdraw from any of our courses must do so in writing. Students may simply email us at

The refund schedule for the 2022-2023 Professional Program in Screenwriting is:

• 100% refund if student withdraws by September 12, 2022

• 80% refund after September 12, 2022, and up to and including first day of second week of classes (October 3, 2022)

• 50% refund after October 3, 2022, and up to and including first day of third week of classes (October 10, 2022)

• 0% refund after October 10, 2022

If you have any questions, please send an email to

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