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Cinema & Media Studies (PhD)

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All Ph.D programs in Film, Television and Digital Media are full-time programs. The department admits new students only once each year for the Fall Quarter and the next application period is for Fall 2025. We will be publishing the Fall 2025 supplemental requirements by September 13, 2024.

We Do Not Accept Films, DVDs or CDs

Applicants must submit all required application materials to be considered for admission.

How to Apply




By the time of entrance, Ph.D. applicants must:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Satisfy the University of California’s Graduate Admissions Requirements.
  • Complete equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Complete equivalent to a U.S. Masters Degree.

Deadline: December 1, 2023

UCLA Graduate Application

Complete the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application.

  • Indicate Ph.D., Film and Television, Cinema and Media Studies as the program.
  • Upload the Statement of Purpose.
    • Submit a 1-2 page document.
  • Upload a Personal Statement.
  • Upload a Resume/CV.
  • Upload a sample of Scholarly Writing.
    • Submit a 5,000-7,000 word document.
  • Upload Unofficial copies of all Transcripts.
  • Submit Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Enter the Names and Emails of all recommenders into the UCLA Gradate Division Online Application.

Deadline: December 1, 2023


Mail an Official copy of all Transcripts from each Undergraduate and Graduate institution attended.

  • Note: Community College transcripts are not necessary.

Request that all Test Scores be sent directly to UCLA.

  • Only test scores taken by December 31, 2023 will be accepted.
  • The GRE UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409.
  • Note: The GRE is optional for Ph.D. applicants.


Mailing Address

Graduate Film Admissions: Cinema and Media Studies
UCLA Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622