Master of Fine Arts in Children’s Literature



Completed over the course of three to five summers, the M.F.A. in Children’s Literature offers a program for those desiring a terminal degree and wishing to immerse themselves in a concentrated creative environment, supported by a foundation of critical study in the appropriate genres. Our graduates go on to publish books for children and young adults. Many work in the publishing industry as agents and editors.


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 writer-in-residence on campus for two weeks. An internship course is available for students interested in gaining real-world experience. Forty-eight credits (eight courses plus a substantial thesis) are required for the degree, including two Advanced Writing Tutorials, limited to no more than six students, in which you will begin work on your thesis manuscript.


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

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