Graduate Application Requirements

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

Graduate Applicants

Applications due December 1, 2018


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

  1. Fill out the NYU Graduate Application, which will be available on or after September 2018.

  2. Resume:  Please list any published or produced work, and any work experience that is relevant to a writing career.

  3. 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.

  4. Two letters of recommendation.

  5. Transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate schools and letters of recommendation are seriously considered in the application process. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded onto the graduate application in the specified place.

  6. Upload your creative portfolio to the Dramatic Writing Slideroom account

Admission to the program depends primarily on the quality of the writing that an applicant submits – a full-length play or screenplay or 2 TV scripts (1 spec, 1 pilot, see below)*. 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.

*For television work, applicants should submit two scripts, a spec and a pilot.  It’s recommended for specs to choose series that are currently airing and well-known. Applicants should upload one PDF comprised of both scripts.


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.