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Graduate Program: Master of Arts Specialization in Children's Literature
Admission deadline: December 15, 2011 for admission in Fall of 2012. There is no spring admission. Missed the application deadline? Start classes next semester through Open University.
There are only a handful of places in North America where one can pursue graduate study in Children's and Adolescent Literature. In fact, SDSU is the only university west of the Rocky Mountains where this course of study is possible. With more than a dozen faculty teaching in these areas, and with undergraduate and graduate enrollments in these classes reaching up to 1200 students a year, we believe that SDSU is the best place in the country to do advanced study in Children's and Adolescent Literature.
How to Apply. Those interested in the Specialization in Children's Literature must apply to the Graduate School at SDSU and submit an application packet to the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Details about application materials and deadlines can be found at the websites for the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Graduate School. Questions about admissions and applications to the M.A. program can be sent to the Director of the Graduate Program by emailing the English Department. Questions about the Specialization in Children's Literature, within the M.A. Program, can be sent to the Director (childLit@mail.sdsu.edu). Inquiries can also be made by mail:
Children's Literature Program
There are two ways to do advanced or graduate-student work in Children's and Adolescent Literature at San Diego State University (SDSU). The first is to enroll in the graduate program in English and specialize in Children's Literature; in this way, students earn the M.A. by completing 9 classes over a wide range of literary subjects (including 3 or more classes in the field of Children's Literature) and then writing a thesis or creating a portfolio. The other option is to take 4 graduate classes exclusively in the field of Children's Literature to earn the Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature.
Financial Support. The Department and the University have a modest number of scholarships to support graduate students; in addition, some graduate students work as graduate teaching assistants (teaching their own lower-division classes or assisting faculty with their classes). In the coming months, we will be seeking funds and donors to offer fellowships to those especially pursuing graduate study in this specialization.