Admissions: MFA in Screenwriting

MFA in Screenwriting

Step 1 – Online Application


Choose: The University of Texas at Austin (school), Radio-Television-Film -- MFA in Screenwriting (major/degree).

Statement of Purpose: You can wait and upload this as a PDF on the MyStatus page -- Step 2.

Letters of Recommendation: You should provide names and email addresses for three recommenders. Please contact us if your recommender is not able to use this online method. It is acceptable to submit a professional reference if you've been out of school for a long time.

Step 2 – Upload Supplemental Materials

Use the MyStatus Page, available after submitting and paying the application fee.

NOTE: You won't have access to the MyStatus Page until you complete the online application and pay the application fee.

Statement of Purpose: Write an essay that explains your education and experience so far, your future goals, and how you think our program will help you achieve those goals. Rule of thumb is to keep this concise, no more than two printed pages, double-spaced. No other essay required.

Copies of Official Transcripts: The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) require a copy of your official transcript from each college and/or university that you have attended. U.S. applicants who have taken coursework through an Exchange Program, Semester Abroad or Study Abroad, please contact an Admissions Counselor at GIAC (512-475-7391) to determine if you need an original transcript from the foreign institution. Once you are admitted, you will need to send a hard copy of the official transcript.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Include education; work experience and internships; honors and awards; and publications or creative works.

Creative Writing Samples: Please submit one PRIMARY writing sample (completed feature screenplay OR 30- or 60-minute TV pilot) that best demonstrates your potential as a screenwriter. You may also submit a SECONDARY writing sample (feature screenplay, feature-in-progress, 30 or 60 minute TV pilot, spec TV script, short script, short story, or stage play). A secondary sample is NOT required. Please do not send adaptations unless it is your own work that you have adapted.

Step 3 – Test Scores

GRE Scores: 

Note: For Fall 2022 admissions, we are suspending the GRE requirement for our admissions processing.  We understand the COVID-19 situation has complicated this testing procedure in many locations. You are welcome to submit the scores if you have them. The GRE requirement may take 72 hours to be removed from MyStatus; there is no reason to reach out in the interim. Our applicant evaluation process is holistic and will consider all components of your application materials. If you opt to submit scores, they must be sent from the testing agency to the University. The code for The University of Texas at Austin is 6882. (Note: scores are sent electronically from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); it can take 3 to 6 weeks after you take the test for the scores to reach us.) GRE scores are valid for a maximum of 5 years.

TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores:  

Unless international applicants are either from a qualifying country or possess a bachelor’s degree (master's is not relevant) from a U.S. institution or a qualifying country, they must submit the required, official TOEFL or IELTS score.

Request an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to be sent from the testing agency to The University of Texas at Austin at:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

TOEFL and IELTS scores over two years old will not be accepted.  We prefer students have over 100 on the TOEFL for all RTF Graduate Programs, if admitted with less than that, an English speaking and writing test is required and possible English courses in addition to the required courses.