We live in an increasingly visual society. The online Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Screenwriting program at Southern New Hampshire University is an advanced exploration of the world of film and video, from shorts and episodic serials to feature-length blockbusters and documentaries. This English and creative writing degree is based on a comprehensive study of the visual medium of film, with a special focus on story structure, character development and creative writing. At the culmination of the degree program, you'll have developed your own screenplay, one that takes you deep into subjects that matter to you.
While an understanding and analysis of literature – whatever the genre – is at the core of this MA degree, the screenwriting concentration places a special emphasis on visual storytelling. Designed by experienced and distinguished faculty, this master’s in screenwriting program will give you a powerful understanding of how story, character, theme, action, visuals and dialogue intertwine to create a visual moment in time. Collaboration is encouraged, and direct interaction with faculty and peers pushes the imagination to new heights.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your master’s in English at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit a personal statement. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance. Based on your educational background, some Master of Arts provisional students may be required to take SNHU 501 – Introduction to Graduate Studies – which will provide students with the scholarly tools to be successful in their Master of Arts program of study.
The visual arts (film, television and video) are as popular as ever, engaging audiences around the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the arts, entertainment and recreation industry is expected to grow 6% by 2026.* From scripts for news anchors to commercials, television and films, the work of professional screenwriters is essential. Whether you pursue an independent career and develop scripts on your own or write for specific projects, including rewriting and editing, the future is wide open for talented graduates of the master's in screenwriting program at SNHU.
The curriculum for the screenwriting concentration exposes you to powerful examples of screenwriting and provides an outlet to experiment and refine your skills. Courses are taught by accomplished instructors, with deep insights into the industry.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.