Focus Area Courses

Screenwriting courses

The following list includes courses that are approved for the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree with a focus in screenwriting.

In addition to your core curriculum, you will choose 12 hours of course work from the options below.

Meet with your advisor and review the class schedule before confirming your schedule.

Certificate in Screenwriting for Television and Film

Richard Amberg III, Certificate Advisor
Craig Hall, Room 381B, Phone 417-836-8394

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Screenwriting for Television and Film provides a 12-hour graduate-level experience to prepare the student's script portfolio for professional submissions. The program is designed to teach students the screenwriting craft; to develop each student's potential and to help all students find their unique style; to expose students to the concept of "workshopping pages" and giving and receiving critical input on style, writing technique and structure; and to provide insight into today's film and television market. Graduate students will complete polished drafts on multiple treatments/outlines, a short or full-length screenplay, and one to two dramatic teleplays.

Admission criteria 

To be considered for the program, a student must have a bachelor's degree with a 2.75 undergraduate GPA.  Applicants must submit a writing sample of 5-10 script pages or 5-10 pages of prose.  

Required courses: Complete at least four of the following courses (12 hours total)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MED 660 Beginning Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 667 Intermediate Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 668 Writing for Television  3 hrs
MED 669 Rewriting Film and TV Scripts 3 hrs
MED 672 Advanced Screenwriting 3 hrs

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.