Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming class start dates. There are five class start dates per year. The first step is to apply or submit an inquiry online.

Admission Requirements

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

Applicants must possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale. Students with a grade-point average of 2.50-2.99 will be considered for admission on a provisional basis.

Applicants must submit:

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and all postbaccalaureate study

    An official transcript is one that Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and that bears the official seal of the college or university. A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a lower GPA if competency can be shown through multiple measures.

  • Current résumé of work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement in essay or short story form about why you became a writer. Feel free to be creative. This statement should reflect your personality and individual perspective on life and the world. (Less than 500 words.)
  • Writing samples
    1. Creative challenge: Write a scene between two people using one of the following ideas. Make sure to use proper screenplay formatting (2-5 pages maximum).
      • “A husband or wife finds a letter written by an old flame.”
      • “Your best friend since grade school is a Russian spy.”
      • “Flirting at the grocery store.”
    2. Writing sample: A feature-length screenplay, a teleplay (half-hour or one-hour; spec or pilot), a short story, or a one-act play.

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

What to Expect

After all admission materials have been received by the Graduate and Professional Center, the faculty or department chair reviews the applicant’s file. The applicant is notified in writing of the admission decision.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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