The University of British Columbia offers a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (the MACL Program), jointly supported by the School of Information (the iSchool), the Department of English Language and Literatures, the Creative Writing Program, and the Department of Language and Literacy Education.
MACL is the only Master’s program in children’s literature in Canada and the only program in the world offered from such a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. It is unique in that faculty in the four supporting units offer courses and thesis supervision on the full life cycle of writing for young people – from its creation (through the Creative Writing Program), to its critical analysis (through English), to its pedagogical applications in schools, homes, and libraries (through Language and Literacy Education and the iSchool). Learn more about the academic units and that support the MACL program.
Our faculty include authors of acclaimed children’s books and internationally recognized scholars. They have served on national and international children’s book juries, led national research studies, engaged in international collaborations, and have received awards for scholarship, service, and teaching. Learn more about the wonderful people in the MACL community.
Our program also supports a wide variety of initiatives, including an annual graduate conference on children’s literature, the online journal Young Adulting, and the Vancouver International Summer School in Children’s Literature.
Prospective students may apply for either academic or creative courses of study.