Grade Point Average Requirement
An overall grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) must be maintained in all courses. In addition, an overall grade point average of 3.0 in all units attempted is required to qualify for registration in CTWR 515a , CTWR 515b , CTWR 517a , CTWR 517b or CTWR 519a , CTWR 519b. Courses in which a grade of C- (1.7) or lower is earned will not apply toward a graduate degree.
In lieu of a thesis the student is required to either complete a full-length screenplay, which will be developed in CTWR 515a , CTWR 515b ; or a pilot script and a series bible for a half-hour television comedy, which will be developed in CTWR 517a , CTWR 517b ; or an original one-hour drama television pilot, mid-season episode and series bible, which will be developed in CTWR 519a , CTWR 519b; this final work must be accepted by the Division of Writing Graduation Committee.
Students must maintain satisfactory progress toward their master’s degrees at all times. The time limit to complete all requirements is three years from the first course at USC applied toward the Master of Fine Arts degree. Course work more than seven years old is automatically invalidated and may not be applied toward the degree.
Writing for Screen and Television Certificate
The Writing for Screen and Television Certificate is awarded for one year of study.
Applicants must be recognized writers outside of the field of screenwriting.
The course of study is no less than 16 units total, over two semesters. Writers, both U.S. and international, should appeal directly to the chair for admission in the fall semester.
Admission is granted to only one or two scholars a year, and is of the highest selectivity. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, candidates must show compelling reason for not applying to a formal degree program.
The general course of study is as follows: