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Graduate Office



Click to navigate to a list of all handbooks, programs of work and checklists for PhD, MA, MFA production and MFA screenwriting


Click to go see forms for current RTF Graduate Students


Click to see funding information and links for current RTF students

Campus Resources

Legal Services for Students (Landlord/Tenant, Renting, Criminal, Traffic, Consumer, Employment)

Ombuds Offices (website has handouts on writing letters of appeal/grievance and assertive communication)

Austin Tenants' Council (off-campus, help with rental problems in Austin)


PhD in Media Studies

MA in Media Studies

MFA in Film and Media Production

MFA in Screenwriting

Forms for Current Students:

Course Permission Forms

Travel Forms

Advising and Committee Forms

Graduation Forms

Student Employment Forms

Steps to Graduate

  1. Register for correct class (for MA & MFA = RTF 398R or 698B, for PhD = RTF x99W)
  2. Apply to graduate by the deadline
  3. Schedule defense or final screening of MFA film (Mona can reserve the room)
  4. Use Template for your Dissertation (PhD)/Thesis (MA) or Report (MFA or MA)
  5. Complete all steps on grad school page
  6. Upload dissertation/thesis/report to TDL
  7. Turn in printed pages/forms required to Graduate School

Deadline is 3PM. See the Graduate School's website for exact dates

See examples of theses/reports and dissertations here at the UT Library.

New Students


New TA

Travel and Funding

The Radio-Television-Film Department offers funds for Professional Development that are meant to help fund travel to conferences or film festivals. Each graduate student may apply for travel funds through the RTF Graduate Office and may receive up to one award each academic year, if the budget allows.  

Resources for New Students

RTF Department

Production Resources:

Moody College of Communication

UT Resources

Student Organizations 

Scholarships, Fellowships, Loans, and Grants

The Department of Radio-Television-Film awards several fellowships each year to deserving graduate students. Departmental fellowships and University-wide scholarships often require separate applications, so read the application instructions for any scholarship for which you are applying.

RTF & Moody College of Communication Fellowships and Scholarships:

Loans & Grants:

  • Domestic students should consult the Office of Financial Aid for information about financial loans, state and federal grants, and the procedures required to obtain them.
  • MFA Production students with extra expenses related to their films can file to request more financial aid.  Complete the Special Circumstances Appeal Form and submit to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • International Students should consult the International Office about available awards, scholarships and loans.

UT Funding Resource Guides

The University of Texas Fellowships:

On-campus Employment Opportunities

Hire a Longhorn Job Bank is a great resource for students seeking part-time employment.