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The Scriptwriting and Story Design MFA program is a Full-time program, no Part-Time option is available at this time. Admission applications are accepted to begin the program in the Fall term only.   

Information Sessions

Program Information Session

Admissions Q&A - Graduate Studies at The Creative School

Admissions Q&A session

Do you have questions about applying to one of The Creative School graduate programs? Join our graduate program administration team to get answers.


  • April 19 at 12pm
  • April 30 at 12pm

Admission Requirements

Domestic Applications - OPEN

You should submit your application, including all supporting documents, via the online portal by the First Consideration Deadline:

January 19, 2024.

Applications will be accepted until the program has filled all available spots in the program and the waitlist.

International Application - CLOSED

You should submit your application, including all supporting documents, via the online portal by the Preferred Deadline :

December 10, 2023

Applications will be accepted until the First Consideration Deadline: January 19, 2024, at which point the 

Admissions Timeline

Generally the program will begin reviewing applications after the first consideration deadline in January. Offers of admission will begin mid-to-late-March and continue throughout the spring and summer until the program is full.


Completion of a four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, or equivalent. Degree or concentration in a field related to the MFA program such as English, Fine Arts, Film, Theatre, or Media Production will be particularly useful.

Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.33 (B or equivalent) in the last two years of study


Your statement of 500-1000 words should address the following:

  • Your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in Scriptwriting & Story Design.

  • A description of the major writing project you wish to pursue.

  • How your previous studies and experience have prepared you for this program.

  • Your career objectives and how this degree program relates to them.

Other program-specific background information such as a resumé/CV and Statement of Interest must be submitted as part of your online application.

All letters of recommendation must come directly from the referee. At least one recommendation letter must be from a professor familiar with the student’s work. Student submitted copies will not be accepted.

The interdisciplinary admissions committee requires documentation of creative written work as follows:

  • One script in theatre, film or video/television or equivalent script-based media format (web series, etc.)

- OR -

  • Two samples of story outlines or treatments (or one of each for a total of 2)

- OR -

  • One sample of a story outline or treatment plus a critical exploration of a character or narrative style

The submission should be work that you feel best represents your talent and your creative voice.

The sample(s) do not need to be related to the intended thesis project identified in your statement of interest.

Admissions Awards 

No application required, awarded based on your admissions application.

  • Toronto Metropolitan Graduate Fellowship (TMGF)
    Value ranges from $2,000 to $6,000.
  • Toronto Metropolitan Graduate Development Award (TMGDA)
    Value ranges from $2,000 to $6,000.
  • Ontario Graduate Fellowship (OGF)  
    Value is $12,000 for one year.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Toronto Met Graduate Scholarship (TMGS)

  • $15,000 award for one year.
  • Eligible applicants will be notified by the program to submit an application around February/March. 
  • For students with an A- in each of the last two years of completed study.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC CGS-M)

  • $17,500 award for one year.
  • For Domestic applicants with an A- avg. in each of the last two years of completed study.
  • Application deadline is Dec 1; award is granted for the following Fall term.

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Information Sessions & Appointments

We meet with potential applicants on an individual basis. For those who are unable to attend due to travel or accessibility restrictions, we will schedule telephone calls by appointment. Please email to set up an appointment.