Graduate Application Requirements

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

The Department of Dramatic Writing invites you to a virtual information session on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 12pm ET. Register here.

Graduate Applicants

Applications are due by 11:59 PM ET on December 1, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Applicants must complete the Tisch Graduate Application, which will be available in September. The application requires the following components:

  • Resume: Please list any published or produced work, and any work experience that is relevant to a writing career.
  • Personal Statement: In 750 words or less, describe your personal and professional interest in the program. What will you bring to the Dramatic Writing Department? What do you have to say that no one else has to say? 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
  • Creative portfolio.

Creative Portfolio

Admission to the program depends primarily on the quality of the writing that an applicant submits. We want to read your strongest work -- the piece that best shows off your unique voice. Your creative portfolio should consist of a single, complete work - a full-length play (up to 120 pages) or screenplay (90-120 pages) or an original episodic pilot (25-60 pages).

Regardless of what type of work you submit, your script should tell a complete story. Note, in particular, a pilot should tell a complete story within the episode.

If your complete work falls outside of these three areas (e.g., if you write a serial podcast) but is relevant to dramatic writing and is the work of which you are most proud, we will accept the portfolio for review. If you are submitting work that is not a play, screenplay, or pilot, please address this in an addendum to your personal statement. It must be evident to the admissions committee that your goals are in line with what our department can offer.

All submitted work must be original and written solely by the applicant (i.e., 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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Admissions decisions are not based upon your indication of financial need.

The Department of Dramatic Writing is able to offer a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships. Awards are made on the basis of financial need, artistic excellence and professional promise. There is no separate application process for a scholarship. Department scholarships are applied toward tuition only and are typically renewable for the second year.

Students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Applicants are encouraged to seek outside sources for funding, as well. Additional information about scholarships and financial aid can be found on the Tisch Graduate Admissions page, and on the NYU Scholarships and Grants page. NYU's Office of Financial Education offers helpful resources, as well.