Admission Requirements

Background Preparation

An undergraduate student considering working in the field of children’s literature should consult the School about useful preparatory classes. An interview may be arranged at any time.

A broad cultural background is expected of MACL candidates. The prospective student should select courses to give some acquaintance with the humanities and social sciences during undergraduate studies. Particular attention should be paid in undergraduate or graduate studies to courses in children’s literature, English, writing for children, child psychology, and the history of childhood.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.A. in Children’s Literature, a candidate must:

  • Possess a four-year bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized university in a relevant discipline or in an area which is regarded as appropriate by the iSchool Admissions Committee for the program
  • Have achieved a minimum overall average in the “B+” range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses of a bachelor’s degree
  • Show promise of success or superior accomplishment in one or more aspects of children’s literature as attested by letters of reference

Advisors & Supervisors

Candidates meeting the admission standards of the University register in the School of Information and are assigned an advisor from one of the participating departments. A supervisory committee responsible for giving advice on the course work and the thesis is appointed, consisting of the Chair/research supervisor and at least two other members of the faculty of the University, representing a minimum of two different academic disciplines. The selection of faculty supervisors is administered by the Chair and Committee for the program.


For more information on associated costs and fees for the MACL program, please refer to the iSchool Website.