Graduate Application Requirements

The Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing is highly selective and provides an academically and creatively demanding curriculum.

Graduate Applicants

Applications are due by 11:59 PM ET on December 1, 2020


Applicants must complete the Tisch Graduate Admissions Application and submit a creative portfolio for Dramatic Writing at Tisch.

Fill out the NYU Graduate Application, which will be available in mid-September. The application will require the following components:

  • Resume:  Please list any published or produced work, and any work experience that is relevant to a writing career.
  • Personal Statement of Intent: In 750 words or less, describe your personal and professional interest in the program. What will you bring to the Dramatic Writing Department? How will you benefit from studying here? Please include what you are interested in writing, why you are interested in studying with us, and any writing aspirations you might have.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Your creative portfolio.

Admission to the program depends primarily on the quality of the writing that an applicant submits – a full-length play (up to 120 pages) or screenplay (90-120 pages) or 1- 2 original TV pilots (up to 60 pages). If submitting two pilots, include both in one document.

All submitted work must be original and written solely by the applicant (ie., no co-writes or adaptations). Applicants should not send videotapes or audiotapes of their work.

NOTE: The GRE is not required for admission. Because this is a writing program operated in English, non-native English speakers must have excellent, nearly flawless English speaking and writing ability.