Please read the following notes carefully before submitting your application.

  • The minimum educational requirement for admission is an undergraduate degree.
  • Due to the structure of the course, part-term registrations are not permitted. Class enrollment is limited to ensure maximum exposure to the preservation activities and optimize the efficiency of the learning process.
  • Classes are conducted in English. The ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend English is mandatory. TOEFL scores are required for applicants who are not native English language speakers.
  • Applications for admission are accepted in accordance with our non-discrimination policy.
  • Activities in a film archive include lifting heavy materials (film cans), working in below-average temperatures (collection storage vaults), and limited exposure to chemical agents (e.g., the by-products and fumes resulting from decomposing nitrate and acetate film). While the school ensures that all precautions are taken to prevent harmful consequences from such activities, the museum is not responsible for any injury resulting from careless handling of film or film-related material.
  • Applications will not be processed until all materials have been received.
  • Applicants to the Selznick Graduate Program in Film & Media Preservation must submit a completed application no later than January 15 of the year in which September admission is sought. Late, or incomplete, applications will not be accepted.
  • The applicant will receive written notification of the Selznick School Admissions Committee's decision by April 15.
  • Upon acceptance, the applicant will be requested to sign an enrollment agreement.

IMPORTANT: Upon receipt of the signed enrollment agreement a place will be held for the student. The school will not guarantee a place without receipt of the signed agreement.

Financial Aid

Applicants admitted into the program will be considered for a scholarship of up to half the graduate tuition. Further information about financial aid can be found here.

Admissions Procedures

IMPORTANT: All applicants must complete the online application for the graduate Masters Program at the Department of English at the University of Rochester's website.

The application includes the following material:

  1. A cover letter of application and intent that specifies goals and ambitions in the preservation field, written and signed by the applicant
  2. A curriculum vitae or résumé
  3. A completed application form
  4. Three letters of recommendation two personal and one professional
    • Personal references—Letters from two individuals whom the applicant has known as a friend, employer, or teacher for two or more years.
    • Professional reference—One letter from someone who has observed the applicant's interest in film archiving and skills related to preservation work.
  5. Applicants must provide a ten to twenty page writing sample demonstrating their ability to write a substantial analysis of film, literature, or critical theory.
  6. An official transcript showing the date of conferral of degrees
  7. An official copy of GRE scores need only be sent to the University of Rochester. The institution code is 2928 and department code is 2501 for GRE scores.