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MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage


Our two-year MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage is founded upon these five principles, principles that have also guided Northwestern's highly successful undergraduate Creative Writing for the Media Program.


What is it I want to say? What's the best idiom in which to say it?


What techniques might I use to elicit the response I want from my audience?

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Student News 2016

MFA First Year Kate Royal (Class of 2017) interviewed with MFA alumn Sarah Gubbins (Class of 2008) about representation, art, and writing on After Ellen:

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Alumni News 2016

  • Sarah Gubbins (‘08) is writing the pilot for Jill Soloway’s (Transparent) new Amazon series I Love Dick, as well as co-writing Soloway’s feature film Ten Aker Wood.
  • Jenny Hagel (’09) was staffed on Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Ethan Kass (’12) is a staff writer on TNT’s Murder in the First
  • Jen Spyra (’12) has joined the writing staff of Late Night with Stephen Colbert (WGA Award for Comedy)
  • Farhan Arshad (‘10) has been accepted into the Disney Storytellers program, and wrote an episode of ABC’s Dr. Ken
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Theater Productions and Publications

  • Sarah Gubbins’ (‘08) play Cocked premiered this spring at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Her play fml: How Carson McCullers Saved my Life premiered at Steppenwolf in 2012
  • Jenni Lamb (’13) has been selected for the 2015-16 Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit
  • MFA alumnae Milta Ortiz, Meridith Friedman, Sarah Gubbins and Jenni Lamb made The Kilroys List and Honorable Mentions of 2015.
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Master of Science in Health Communication

The one-year, professional MS degree in health communication is a unique program that will prepare students to solve important problems in healthcare by applying theories, concepts and methods from the communication arts and sciences. The program takes an innovative approach to health communication—bringing together the science of social influence with the science of human centered design.

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Mainstage Performances

Tickets are now on sale for all 2018-19 Wirtz Center, Imagine U, and Stage on Screen productions

Masters in Communication Degrees

Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communication program equips students with the knowledge and communication skills to become effective and valued leaders. The highly interactive curriculum integrates communication theory with practical application providing students with the skills essential for an immediate competitive advantage in the workplace.