Requirements, Master of Arts in Film Studies


Application information

As of Autumn 2019 the Film Studies Program's Master of arts is not accepting new Admission applications. 

Admission criteria

Applicants to this program must meet two sets of criteria:

·         The general minimum criteria established by the Graduate School. (International students, read about international admission.)

Special information

GPA Information:

While the official minimum GPA is 3.0, successful applicants for the MA in Film Studies will likely have GPAs of 3.4 or higher.  

Contact the Film Studies Program for specific questions about application materials.


Students applying for the Master of Arts in Film Studies are required to submit the following materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • A writing sample of no more than twenty pages.

Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose should be a statement of no more than two pages that addresses your intellectual/academic interests and/or career goals, including how an MA in Film Studies will advance you in your intellectual and professional ambitions. This may include a discussion of independent film studies research undertaken as an undergraduate, coursework in cinema and media studies that you found particularly stimulating, and areas of interest for your eventual MA thesis if you already know them.

Writing Sample

The writing sample should be a paper in English of no more than 20 pages that gives what you feel is an example of your best writing on film, or more broadly in the field of cinema and screen media studies. Ideal choices would be:

  • a portion of an undergraduate honors thesis,
  • a research paper, or
  • extended critical analysis.

Contact the Film Studies Program for specific questions about application materials.

Test requirements

GRE General Test (Suggested but not required)

English language testing requirements

  • 550 Paper-based TOEFL
  • 79 Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
  • 82 MELAB
  • 7.0 IELTS


Graduate and professional students at Ohio State have a variety of funding options available to them, including associateships and other employment, fellowships, loans and scholarships. See Funding for general information, and visit the Film Studies Program site for program-specific details.

Application deadline if applying for funding

Autumn semester

  • U.S. applicants - December 15
  • International applicants - November 15 

Applications completed after the funding deadlines We will continue to accept and review applications after the funding deadline. But we only guarantee that applications completed by the dates specified above will get full consideration for both fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships.

To apply visit Graduate and Professional Admissions.