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Cinema, Religion, and Worldview Graduate Program (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and Worldview combines top-quality instruction in the narrative, artistic, and technical creation of films with some classes in web and interactive filmmaking, and related media. We also explore: sharing the gospel in non-offensive ways, foundations of Christian theology and worldview, and conversations with people of different worldviews. The MA gives serious film creators the technical, artistic and intellectual skills they need to create powerful, beautiful films and change their world.

The degree is an interdisciplinary program from the Department of Communications and Languages, the Department of Technology, and the School of Theology, and is housed in The Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview. The degree is designed for students who already hold degrees in filmmaking, theology, communication, or related fields. At the end of their training students can choose to write a Master's thesis to show their grasp of academic research, or a capstone project, such as a film, to show their understanding of creative visual storytelling. Learn more >

Students and professors will work together to:

  • Inspire thoughtful, relevant cinema and related media
  • Adapt to emerging media platforms such as interactive media
  • Create powerful visual narratives to captivate audiences
  • Measure and analyze interest areas of target audiences

Program highlights

  • No GRE
  • Keep working while earning your degree online
  • Unique blend of cinema, religion and worldview
  • Courses designed for teacher and classmate interaction

Application deadline

  • All admission documents must be completed by August 15. Next cohort begins August 2018.

Length and structure:

The M.A. Cinema, Religion, Worldview degree program is designed to be completed online in two years with intensive on-site workshops and featured speaker symposia. Students can participate online while working full time, though the program does require students to come to campus once year for a  two-week intensive. Cohorts begin with a pre-session before fall quarter every two years. Each program cohort will include 16-20 students who take all courses together. 


Required credits: The curriculum for the program will include 52 credits divided between core courses and program electives, allowing students to tailor their program to personal interests.  Some core classes include foundational theology courses exploring worldview and mission, communication theory and research methods, story structure, graduate seminar and capstone project. 

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Pay as low as $348 if using financial aid.*

*The repayment example set forth is for illustrative purposes only and was calculated based on a standard amortization federal Stafford loan assuming a loan amount of $31,356, a payment term of 10 years, and a fixed interest rate equal to 6%. Loan amount of $31,356 is based on the total tuition price for the Masters in Cinema, Religion, and Worldview. The loan calculator used in this example is available at It is your responsibility to verify your eligibility by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at All loans are subject to federal student aid guidelines. The actual interest rate may change periodically based on federal regulations. If you elect to defer payments until graduation, loan interest may accrue during deferment.

This degree will enhance the resumes filmmakers, cinema researchers, or Cinema, Religion, and Worldview professionals, adding substance to their knowledge of cinema, religion and worldview, and enhancing powerful, world-changing visual narratives.

Social media, video, and web-based filmmakers will learn to create compelling stories that viewers will want to share. They will learn how to measure and enhance the reach and effectiveness of their Christ-centered messages.

The degree embraces the common ground between filmmaking, theology, and the communication field, developing a knowledge base that synthesizes new solid filmmaking techniques with new media technologies and foundational theological and worldview perspectives.

A few of the many potential career options include:

  • Filmmaker - director, producer, etc.
  • Church communication director
  • Promotional video creator for non-profits or outreach groups
  • Church pastor specializing in film and media outreach

Students must exhibit core technical skills and illustrate knowledge of basic theory for both the core curriculum and their concentration in order to be a candidate to graduate.  Students may demonstrate competencies in concentration courses by submitting a portfolio and/or taking a validation exam.  This option is not available for courses in the core curriculum.  Students will also either write a thesis paper or produce a capstone project.

Application information 

Applicants must meet general admission requirements as outline in the Graduate Bulletin.  A complete application must be submitted by August 15.  A complete application consists of:

  1. The application form
  2. Three professional references
  3. All transcripts for accredited colleges or universities previously attended
  4. A personal statement

Instructions on completing your application >

Once a student is accepted, a $200 non-refundable deposit is due 30 days after notice of acceptance to reserve a place in the program.  This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges when the student enrolls.  Students accepted after May 1 should make this deposit as soon as they receive an acceptance letter.  Accepted students who miss the deposit deadline may lose their place in the program.  The deposit check should be made payable to Walla Walla University and sent to Walla Walla University, Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview, 204 South College Ave, College Place, WA 99324; the student's name and WWU ID number should be included to ensure proper credit.


Lynelle Ellis 

Center of Cinema, Religion, and Worldview


Rachel Scribner 
Production Coordinator
Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview


Center for Cinema, Religion, and Worldview website



Last update on February 15, 2018