Simmons University Degree Programs

The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons University offers four different graduate degree programs at The Carle.
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Degree Programs

MA in Children’s Literature (36 credits) 

First launched in 1977, the MA degree in Children’s Literature provides a rigorous, disciplined study of children’s and young adult books for those who are — or who intend to be — involved in teaching, library services, publishing, writing, or related fields. 

MFA in Children’s Literature: Writing for Children (32 credits) 

Students in this program nurture their creativity with engaged critical study and analysis of literature for children and young adults.

MA in Children’s Literature/MFA in Writing for Children (56 credits)

Students who wish to pursue both degrees may combine both masters programs in a 56-credit course of study that includes core requirements for both programs. Synthesize contemporary literary theory and your creative practice.

MA in Children’s Literature/MS in Library Services to Children (59 credits)

This is the first and only dual degree program in the country that prepares students and professionals in library youth and young adult services.


Classes are offered nights and weekends at The Carle. Non-degree students may apply for specific courses.

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