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The M.F.A. in Writing and Producing for Television is a highly competitive program. 20 students are admitted each year. You do not need a background in writing for TV or film, but you will be required to submit writing samples that demonstrate your potential to write for the television medium. An undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university is a requirement for admission.

To be considered for admission, create an application packet that includes the following:

  1. An official application for LIU-Brooklyn
    • For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site
    • Choose the following options:
      • Interested Campus: "Brooklyn"
      • I'll be entering as: "Graduate or International Graduate"
      • I'll be starting my studies: "Fall [Year You're Applying For]"
      • Intended Major: "Writing and Producing TV MFA"
    • You may complete it online through this form
  2. Script or creative writing sample
    1. The script must be original and written for TV, film or theater
    2. If you do not have that, a sample of your creative writing that showcases your story-telling ability will suffice
  3. Two written recommendations
    1. One professional and one academic, or two professional if you've been out of school for a while
    2. Include contact information for your references
  4. Bio or CV
    1. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your experiences that led you to apply to the program
    2. Keep it one to two pages long

Items 2-4 must be in Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) form. They can be emailed to  norman.steinberg@liu.edu or kmur.hardeman@liu.edu in an email with the subject line: "[Your full name] Application Packet." Make sure your name and contact information is included.

Once your application is registered with Long Island University and your application packet has been sent, you will be contacted for an interview, typically within two weeks of submission.

The application is rolling until all positions are filled, but you are encouraged to apply early in the year for entry in the fall.