Master of Arts in Children’s Literature


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Completed over the course of two to four summers, the M.A. in Children’s Literature offers a program:

  • for students wishing to prepare for doctoral study
  • for faculty already teaching at the college level who wish to add children’s literature to their specializations
  • for classroom teachers wanting more specialized knowledge in their field
  • and for students who simply seek a deeper understanding of the ways in which children’s books shape our path to adulthood and our understanding of the world.


The curriculum consists of both literature and creative writing courses taught by top experts in the field. Students learn from a diverse range of visiting speakers over the six-week summer term, including a scholar-in-residence on campus for one week. Forty credits (eight courses plus a thesis) are required for the degree, including the core course History and Criticism of Children’s Literature.



$865 per credit hour for summer 2024.


  • New student nonrefundable deposit: $400
  • Returning student nonrefundable deposit: $200
  • Housing: $1,360
  • Technology fee: $150/summer
  • Health services: $45

M.A. applicants must send 10-20 pages of written work. You’ll need to provide three letters of recommendation. GRE scores aren’t required, but may be submitted. Undergraduate transcript must be submitted.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in the M.A. program may apply for an editorial internship with the journal Children’s Literature, edited at Hollins. The internship carries a tuition stipend of $2,000. To apply, send a statement of your qualifications and reasons for applying to Elizabeth Dulemba (

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