The Master of Fine Arts is a highly selective two-year program designed to cultivate the writer's voice through a demanding curriculum focused on the craft of screenwriting that culminates in a comprehensive film and television portfolio of original work. Additionally, writers are educated on the business side of the entertainment industry and are guided through the process of moving from student to professional writer.
All of the MFA Screenwriting: Writing for Film and Television courses are offered in the evenings to allow working professionals to be able to attend graduate school full-time while still maintaining their current careers. The curriculum is designed to be completed in twenty-one months, but it can also be done at a slower pace for those who are interesting in participating part-time. MFA students have opportunites to defray the cost of earning their degrees, through employment within the school itself, Graduate Assistantships that offer course credit and a stipend, and competative grants for producing thesis films.
In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter ranked DePaul's School of Cinema and Interactive Media one of the top 25 best film schools in the country.
In 2014, MovieMaker Magazine ranked Chicago as the #1 "Big City" to work in as a filmmaker.