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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 classes in web and interactive filmmaking, and related media. We also explore: effective ways of sharing the gospel, foundations of Christian theology, audience research, and reaching people from a variety of cultural perspectives. This 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 Communication and Languages, the Department of Technology, and the School of Theology, and is housed in The Center for Media Ministry. 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 May 1.

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 every summer quarter. 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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Upcoming intensive date:

  • August 24 to Sept 3, 2020

Pay as low as $365 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 $32,916, 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 of filmmakers, cinema researchers, and any story-oriented communicators; adding intellectual substance to the stories they tell, helping them study and target the audiences they want to reach, and equipping them to create powerful, world-changing visual narratives.

Whether they choose to create: feature films, shorts, effective video promos for non-profits, interactive web series, new media experiences, or something new, creative visual communicators will learn to tell compelling stories with a clear message. 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 solid filmmaking techniques with new media technologies, foundational theology and an understanding of audience's worldview perspectives.

A few of the many potential career options include:

  • Filmmaker - director, producer, etc.
  • Church, conference, or non-profit communication director
  • Promotional video creator for, churches, conferences, 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 May 1.  A complete application consists of:

  1. The application form
  2. Three professional references
  3. An official transcript showing a conferred bachelor’s degree and transcripts of any graduate-level coursework
  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 Media Ministry, 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 

Director of Center for Media Ministry
Program Director of M.A. Cinema, Religion, and Worldview

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