MFA Application Requirements

Applicants must submit all the following materials to the Graduate Division by the deadline of December 10, 2018. These guidelines will be updated for the next admissions cycle by September of each year.


1. Graduate Online Application and $50 application fee

LMU offers an easy online application. Please visit the Graduate Division website to get started.

NOTE: Applicants may apply to only ONE graduate program per year. Applicants may NOT apply simultaneously to two different SFTV programs.

2. Two Letters of Recommendation

Select your recommenders carefully, as this is a critical portion of your application. Each recommender must have supervised your work. Do NOT send letters from colleagues or friends. We prefer that you provide one academic letter and one professional letter, or two academic letters. Applicants must submit their letter electronically through the online graduate application. Applicants are responsible for making sure the letters have been received.

3. Official Transcripts

We require two official sealed transcripts supplied by all schools you attended. These transcripts should be mailed separately by the school(s). We recommend you send your transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline. Transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Charles Von der Ahe Building, Suite 235
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

4. Transcript/Credit Evaluation (International Applicants Only)

International applicants who have completed their postsecondary education from an institution outside the U.S. must hold a degree from a university recognized by the Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution. Transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service (e.g. Global Services Associates, Educational Credential Evaluators,
International Education Research Foundation or World Education Services) before the application is considered for admission.

The purpose of the evaluation is to verify that your postsecondary degree is the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. A course-by-course transcript evaluation identifying your GPA must be submitted along with the application for the School of Film and Television.

5. TOEFL/IELTS Test Scores (International Applicants Only)

All 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 program director. The minimum TOEFL score for admission into most graduate program is 100 internet-based (IELTS Overall Band Score of 7).

Note: If, after admission to a graduate program, the applicant's proficiency in English should prove inadequate, the Univeristy reserves the right to require additional proficiency in English. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the graduate program. Please request that ETS send your scores to LMU Graduate Admissions. The Institution Code for LMU is 4403.

6. GRE Scores

The GRE is required for all applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.


1. Personal Statement

Write a creative essay or short story that expresses an understanding of how you became the writer you are today. This piece should reflect your unique perspective on life and the world (fewer than 1000 words).

2. Creative Samples

Applicants to the graduate program in Writing for the Screen and Writing and Producing for Television must complete the Creative Challenge. Please complete the following two components of the Creative Challenge (1) and the two writing samples (2):

  1. Choose one of the following prompts and write a 3 to 5-page screenplay. Please use proper formatting.
    1. At the beginning or end of the scene, a hand holds a knife. 
    2. A character has to say goodbye to a friend without actually saying they are leaving and won't be back. 
    3. A lovers' quarrel where something gets broken.
    4. An animal plays a key role. 
    5. The first line of a dialogue is: "That's the guy, right there."
  2. Two writing samples:
    1. One feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot).
    2. The second sample may be a feature-length screenplay or teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot), although we recommend you submit a short story or a one-act play.

Combine all your creative samples into a single PDF file. We prefer that you do NOT send us hard copies of your creative samples.

3. Video Prompt

Create up to a two-minute video telling us who you are and why you want to tell stories. Simply record yourself telling your story on-camera. Do not script it, nor 'perform' the event. The recording will not be viewed past 2 minutes.

Provide a URL link to the video prompt in a PDF file. To ensure committee access, we suggest that you do not password protect your visual samples.


If you need more information or need assistance, please contact Jenny Vasquez, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment & Admissions, at or

For Undergraduate Admissions, please contact