Course Legend

Curriculum Requirements

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year

Fall Quarter
FILM 401
CP 410
MGT 563
Winter Quarter
CP 420
CP 440
MGT 570
Spring Quarter
SCWR 442
MGT 554 (2 credit hours)
MGT 504 (2 credit hours)

Second Year

Fall Quarter
CP 511
ACC 798
CP 480
Winter Quarter
CP 512
CP 482
MKT 555
Spring Quarter
FILM 499
OR 1 400-level or above DC course
SCWR 441
OR 1 400-level or above DC course

Optional Los Angeles Quarter

Students may apply to participate in the Los Angeles Quarter Program for the spring of their second year. The LA Quarter program offers a unique opportunity for students to experience the inner workings of Hollywood first hand. This ten-week immersion program is structured around living in Los Angeles, taking classes on a historic studio lot, and interning at high profile companies that align with students' professional aspirations. Through this experience, students learn how to navigate the studio system and build a network of professional contacts that will help them leave an indomitable mark on the entertainment industry. If selected to participate in the LA program, MFA Creative Producing students would take SCWR 441 and FILM 499 in Los Angeles.

MFA Thesis

Students will be required to complete a final thesis project that involves producing a festival quality short film or creating a professional package for a feature film or television project. Both the short film and professional package project will entail optioning and developing source material such as a book, script, or magazine article. The ultimate goal for the thesis projects is for the students to have a viable project upon graduation that they can set up at a major entertainment company like a studio or produce on their own independently.

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 64 graduate credit hours in the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Satisfactorily complete the MFA thesis as determined by the student's MFA Advisor Committee.
  • Students cannot count credit earned towards a previously awarded master's or MFA degree toward the completion of this MFA program.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.