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 Image of advertisement for Children's Literature and Young Adult LiteratureProgram Overview 

Children's and Young Adult Literature is among the most exciting and fastest growing fields in contemporary literary studies. Our concentration is framed within a traditional English studies program, providing students with a strong background in literary and cultural studies that ensures flexibility in the workplace.

This concentration is ideal for teachers and librarians as well as those who wish to pursue editing or writing careers, teach at the community college level, or pursue doctoral studies.

Accelerated Admission

(Currently enrolled CMU undergraduate students only)

Admission Standards
Students must be a signed major in English or a related field.
  1. Maintain an overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25
  2. Have earned a grade of 3.25 or higher in ENG 381 and two of the following: ENG 334, ENG 335, ENG 336, ENG 337, and ENG 338.
  3. Submit a writing sample and cover letter (for more details, contact the Department of English Language & Literature at 989-774-3171).
  4. Obtain written approval from the Chair of the Department of English Language & Literature.
  5. Obtain College of Graduate Studies approval of courses selected to double-count on both the BA/BS and MA.

Retention Standards
Maintain a 3.25 GPA in English courses. Students who fail to maintain a 3.25 GPA in English courses in two successive semesters will be removed from the accelerated program.

Note: Students considering an accelerated MA program should be aware that their financial aid may be affected for courses double-counting on the BA/BS and MA. Contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid for information at 989-774-3674 or cmuosfa@cmich.edu.


Program faculty are experts in their fields with specialties such as graphic novels, secondary education, fantasy, and cultural studies. Contact a faculty member below with questions regarding the CYAL concentration.

Dr. Anne Hiebert Alton email | webpage
Dr. Carlin Borsheim-Black email | webpage
Dr. Gretchen Papazian email | webpage
Dr. Joseph Sommers email | webpage

Admission Requirements

To become a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, Concentration in Children's and Young Adult Literature, 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 and aptitude to do graduate-level work in English.

For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85 are required.

Statement of intent and writing sample should be submitted along with other application materials through the College of Graduate Studies submission system. (Follow link under Apply Now below).

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work with at least 15 of the total semester hours at or above the 600 level.

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

Apply now!

​Click here to start your application​ to the MA program in English Language and Literature today!

For More Information

For more information about the MAELL-CYAL, contact:

Dr. Darrin Doyle, Professor of English
Department of English Language & Literature Graduate Coordinator
Anspach 301E
Mt. Pleasant MI 48859
(989) 774-3171

For specific information on graduate school admissions requirements, visit the CMU College of Graduate Studies' website at www.grad.cmich.edu