Concentration in Children's Literature

Admission Requirements

To become a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Literature: Children's/Young Adult Literature Concentration:

A​ student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Applicants must submit a statement of intent and a 7-10 page sample of analytical writing that shows the aptitude to do graduate-level work in English. For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85 are required.

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work. Fifteen of these semester hours are required in the following areas:

  • Literary Criticism (3)
  • Language and Linguistics (3)
  • Professional Methodologies (3)
  • 600-level Seminars in Literature​ (6)

In addition to the required courses, a student may select Plan A, 9 semester hours of electives in Children's Literature and a thesis (6), or Plan B, 15 semester hours of electives in Children's Literature and a scholarly paper for a total of 30 semester hours. The final project should pertain to Children's Literature.

For more information about degree requirements, visit the CMU Academic Bulletins.