Master of Arts in Children’s Literature

MA in Children's Literature

Thesis workshop group

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. Forty credits (eight courses plus a thesis) are required for the degree, including the core course History and Criticism of Children’s Literature. 

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 Lisa Fraustino (

The Lion and the Unicorn

Special issue edited by Matthew Prickett MA ’10 and Lara Saguisag MA ’05

Founded in 1977, The Lion and the Unicorn is one of the oldest children’s literature journals and frequently produces special-themed issues.

Amanda Cockrell teaching Children's Literature