The Fall 2017 application available for download now.


The admission into the MFA program is a two-step process. You must apply to the MFA in TVFT Program and the University. 

University Admission Requirements

  • Complete CSU Mentor Application
  • Send TOEFL Score (if applicable)
  • Send Transcripts from all accredited institutions of higher education or professional schools attended.  Official (sealed) copies required.

Additional requirement information:

  • Completion of a four-year college course of study and an acceptable baccalaureate from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or completion of an equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authorities. 
  • Attainment of a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.

For information on the University application process, please check the University website. Apply using CSU Mentor.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement of the applicant’s academic and professional objectives in the MFA (1-2 full pages)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation applicant’s potential for success (academic preferred)
  • For the Dramatic Writing Option: Stage play, and/or television/film script writing portfolio with Portfolio Index
  • For the Production Option: Production Reel with Reel Index  
  • For the Acting/Performance Option:  Acting Reel with Reel Index, and a live audition of two contrasting monologues (four minutes in length) 

Additional Information:

  • A 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units is preferred for unconditional acceptance
  • Interviews may be required of all candidates
  • Follow instructions on the TVFT application form for submission of materials

Applications for admissions open October 1, 2016.

Deadline for Fall 2017 admission: February 15, 2017 


Financial Assistance is Available!

  • Student Assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships
  • Program, departmental and campus scholarships
  • For more information please visit the Financial Aid Website

For additional information, contact:

California State University, Los Angeles
c/o Department of Television, Film, & Media Studies
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California 90032-8111
Telephone: 323-221-1047