Children's Literature Graduate Program Information

Master's degree programs in the specific field of children's literature aren't very common. General degrees such as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing may allow students to concentrate in children's literature or children's writing.

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Essential Information

Many Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs in creative writing offer children's literature graduate programs as specializations. Common topics in these programs include advanced composition techniques, critical theory, book publishing and perceptions of childhood.

Earning an MFA in Creative Writing is typically a terminal degree in the writing field. Most master's degree programs require students to hold a bachelor's degree, often in a related field, from an accredited institution. Many programs require students to submit official GRE scores and transcripts from previous educational institutions.


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Graduate Programs in Children's Literature

2-year master's degree programs in children's literature generally require students to complete a wide range of advanced courses specific to the field. Depending on interest, students may choose to focus on critical or creative aspects of children's literature. Students may then base their thesis on a children's author, a particular style of children's literature or another topic. Topics that may be present in the curriculum of such a degree program include:

  • Children's literature criticism
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Children's picture books
  • Modern realistic fiction
  • History of children's literature
  • Critical approaches to mythology

Popular Career Options

Graduates of a master's degree program in children's literature are qualified to pursue a variety of related careers. They may have the opportunity to work in a wide range of settings, including the publishing or academic world. Below is a list of possible careers associated with this degree.

  • Children's library science
  • Children's book publishing
  • Children's literature editing
  • Children's book writing
  • College education

Continuing Education Info

Although Ph.D. programs specific to children's literature generally do not exist, there are a variety of Ph.D. programs that allow students to specialize in the field. For instance, a doctoral degree program in English or literature may offer a concentration in children's literature.

Students with a passion for children's literature will find programs specific to this field hard to find, though many MFA programs in creative writing may allow them to specialize in this area. In addition to writing children's literature, graduates may also seek careers in children's library science, children's literature editing, and other related fields.

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