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
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
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)
||Writing for Television
||Rewriting Film and TV Scripts
Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.