Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. While many of our current students majored in English as undergraduates, we encourage applications from across the humanities, arts, and media studies; additionally, applications for the social sciences and education are welcome. Applicants must submit official transcripts of all degree work, two letters of recommendation, a statement or purpose, a resume, and, for international students, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
MFA applicants must submit a writing portfolio not to exceed 20 pages as well as a statement of purpose that reflects on their writing process. This statement should address the applicant’s goals as a writer, their publishing history, and/or any works-in-progress.
An interview is strongly recommended, though not required. Admission deadlines are rolling for all three semesters.
Thirty-two credits are required for the MFA degree. The program consists of four academic courses and four writing courses. The final requirement is a two-course sequence in which a student works closely with two different publishing mentors to develop two manuscripts from conception to submission.
- CHL 401 Criticism of Children's Literature
- CHL 403 The Picturebook
- CHL 430 Writing for Children I
- CHL 431 Writing for Children II
- CHL 441 Mentorship I, supervised study
- CHL 442 Mentorship II, supervised study
- Four credits of history coursework drawn from general electives
- Four credits of genre coursework drawn from general electives
- CHL 404A Poetry for Young Readers: You be the Judge (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 411 Victorian Children's Literature (h)
- CHL 413 Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Young Adults (g for MFA only; required MA)
- CHL 414 Fantasy and Science Fiction (g for MFA only; required MA)
- CHL 415 The Whole Book Approach (2 credits)
- CHL 419A Canadian Children's Literature: Fantasy (2 credits)
- CHL 419B Humor (2 credits) (g)
- CHL 420 Thesis (f, sp, su)
- CHL 421 History of Children's Book Publishing
- CHL 422 Editing the Children's Book Manuscript (2 credits)
- CHL 423 19th Century American Children's Literature (4 credits) (h)
- CHL 424B Nonsense and Subversive Rhymes (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 424C Series Fiction (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 427 Special Topics: Folk & Fairy Tales (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 427B The Americanization of Fairy Tales (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 428A A Single Text:The Graphic Novel and *The Wizard of Oz* (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 429A Re-Reading Race in Classic Children's Literature (2 credits) (h) (g)
- CHL 429B The Girl Reader 1868-1908 (2 credits) (h)
- CHL 429C Culture Matters (h)
- CHL 429D The Girl Reader 1908-1934 (2 credits) (h)
- CHL 434 The Child and the Book
- CHL 435A Creators and Aesthetics: Eric Carle (2 credits)
- CHL 435B Creators and Aesthetics: Gary Schmidt (2 credits)
- CHL 436A Nonfiction-Narrative (2 credits) (g)
- CHL 436B Nonfiction-Expository (2 credits) (g)
- CHL 437 Special Topics in Children's Literature: Positionality (4 credits)
- CHL 450 Independent study
- CHL 451 The Reviewer (2 credits)
- CHL 50X Summer symposium and institute (4 credits)
(h) indicates that the course counts toward the required four elective credits of history coursework for the MFA and MA degrees.
(g) indicates that the course counts toward the required four elective credits of genre coursework for the MFA degree.
An elective course can only count toward one category. For example, CHL 427 can count two credits toward the history elective or the genre elective requirement, but not both.