» Film Studies Graduate Application

How to Apply

In order to apply to the M.A. Film Studies program, you must submit all required application materials, including a Creative Supplement. You can click here to create an account and begin the application.

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Intent: Submit an essay expressing your reasons for wanting to join the MA Film Studies Program. What are your personal and career goals, and how will this particular degree from Chapman University help you reach those goals? Your essay should be double spaced, size 12 font, and 1-2 pages in length.
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Supplement

Other Required Materials:

  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree granting institution
  • International Students: Please see "International Applicants" tab below for additional requirements

No additional information should be sent to Dodge College or the Office of Admissions outside of what is required on the application. Any outside work sent to either office will not be reviewed as part of the admission process.

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Creative Supplement Requirements

Please note that you may only submit Creative Supplement materials for your 1st choice major selected on the application. No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

The requirements below are for students applying for Fall 2020

1. List of Scholarly Work

Please show your academic writing experience (published or unpublished). List the title of paper, date it was written and a 1-2 line description. No more than 2 pages. Single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

2. Film Studies Essay

In 1-2 pages please identify your primary research interests. What scholarly approaches to film and media studies are you most interested in and why? If possible, please articulate your idea for your MA thesis.

3. Scholarly Writing Sample

Submit a scholarly writing sample that is either an academic paper written in college (up to ten pages) or a five to ten page analysis of some aspect of film that demonstrates critical thinking skills. Essays should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides and include a works cited or bibliography page.

4. Optional Work

If you have any work that has been published in a peer reviewed publication, you may include it on your application as well.


All application and supplemental materials must be submitted electronically by the deadline below. Late applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Graduate Deadline:

December 1, 2019

Please note: We do not accept applicants for the spring semester.


Decisions will be released by the end of April.

Tuition, Fellowships & Financial Aid


All up-to-date information regarding the cost of tuition and lab fees can be found on the Chapman University Business Office website. For M.A. Film Studies students, tuition is charged per unit for all classes.


Dodge College offers fellowships to a select number of students each year. These fellowships are awarded based on the talent shown in the application materials submitted; there is no separate application process for fellowship consideration. Preference for fellowships is given to students who apply by the December 1st deadline. If you are awarded a fellowship, you will likely be notified at the time of admit. Some fellowships are awarded after the time of admit, and notification will come directly from Dodge College.

Financial Aid

All other financial aid is awarded through the Graduate Financial Aid Office. This funding usually contains mainly student loans. You will receive your “financial aid package” from the Graduate Financial Aid Office after you have been admitted. Please contact their office directly with any questions at gradfinaid@chapman.edu.

Official Copy of Degree Granting Undergraduate Transcript

You also need to send in an official copy of your degree granting undergraduate transcript. This should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admission
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

International Applicants

International Application Requirements:

Language Test

Since our program is taught completely in English and the experience working on film sets will require a strong understanding of the English language, we require all our students to have strong English language skills. Chapman does not have an ESL program for international students on campus – international students who are non-native English speakers need to demonstrate English proficiency at the time of admission.
  • Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at an institution where English was not the sole language of instruction must submit minimum scores from one of the following English language exams:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 68
    • Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE): Level C1

Official Transcripts

  • While unofficial copies can be used to evaluate and review an application, official copies of all documents will be required upon acceptance.
  • Your application requires official transcripts in both the native language, and in English. If your university does not provide translations of your transcript, you will need to have your transcript translated, line-by-line and word-for-word exactly. You will need to submit bot the official transcript and the official translation.
  • If your university only provides one official transcript, we will accept an official photocopy for evaluation purposes only. You will need to take your official transcript and have several certified copies made, and translated into English if needed. These documents should be stamped by the legal notary who made the copy and or translation. We do not accept uncertified copies directly from students.


  • Once your transcripts are received, Chapman University will conduct an in-house evaluation of your credentials to determine your U.S. equivalent GPA.
  • While we do accept WES confirmations of your transcript’s validity, we do not accept WES grade conversions and evaluations to determine your U.S. GPA.

Supplemental Application

The International Supplemental Application is the financial certification form that provides comprehensive information about your passport, I-20 requirements, and financial support for your studies. This form is required for F-1 student visa applicants.

  • Should you be admitted into our program, you will be sent information on how to access the Supplemental Application.
  • If you hold a U.S. passport, or are a permanent resident, you do not need to submit this document. You will apply as a domestic student.