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MA in Film & Video Degree and Course Requirements

Film and Video (MA)

Offered by the School of Communication.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study. Admission to the program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) grade point average in last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. International students whose first language is not English should take the TOEFL examination to demonstrate proficiency in written as well as spoken English.

Applicants must earn a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). Previous exposure to film study, film and video production, or script writing is not required, although all applicants are required to show evidence of professional commitment and career direction related to their program of study.

Official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word essay on the applicant's commitment to pursuing graduate study in the program are submitted with the application.

Admission is not limited to full-time students, however students must be available to take most of their coursework during the day. Students will normally be expected to complete the 36-credit hour program within 24 months.

Degree Requirements

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone experience: COMM-702 Master's Portfolio Capstone with grade of B or better
  • A grade point average of 3.00 maintained during all work toward the degree

Course Requirements


13 credit hours in courses selected from the following areas:

Film production or video production; film theory, history, and criticism; multimedia; and script writing. Students may emphasize one of these areas in the design of their program, but the program must include courses from all of these areas. Courses in related areas such as performing arts and photography may also be included.