Master of Arts in Children’s Literature

UBC iSchool offers the only interdisciplinary Master of Children’s Literature (MACL) program in the world—and the only Master’s program in children’s literature in Canada. The MACL program is offered in collaboration with UBC’s English Department, the Creative Writing Program, and the Department of Language and Literacy Education. This program has produced multiple award-winning authors, scholars and publishing industry professionals. Access all MACL theses through the MACL collection in cIRcle, UBC’s Institutional Repository.


Application deadlines

January 15 (applications); February 1 (supporting documents)

Start date


Program length

approx. 24-36 months


MACL Program Overview

Program Start Date:The program may only be started in September.
Part-Time Studies:The MACL degree may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MACL program provides specialized education for graduate students in the study of children’s and young adult literature and media using a multi-disciplinary approach. This multi-disciplinary approach exposes students to many schools of literary criticism, educational theory, and professional and creative practice. It acquaints students with the broad literary canon of children’s literature across a spectrum of languages and cultures, and with a variety of critical perspectives and professional application. Across various disciplines, departments, and faculties, a broad range of courses provide disciplined, academic study of children’s and young adult literature and media.

The MACL Program is the only one of its kind in the world offered from such a broad, multidisciplinary perspective and the only Master’s program in children’s literature in Canada. The program is unique in that two faculties and four academic units jointly provide program support to give the graduate students a unique perspective on the full life-cycle of children’s literature.

MACL faculty are authors of both acclaimed children’s books and scholarly guides to the literature. They serve on national and international children’s book juries, lead national research studies, and have received awards for scholarship, service, and teaching.

UBC Library’s collection includes a renowned collection of contemporary children’s books, including some 4,000 early and rare children’s books and some 50,000 modern children’s books. The library also maintains an extensive collection of research materials on children’s literature.

Degree Requirements

Students begin the program in term one of the Winter Session (September).

Please consult the MACL degree program page for detailed information on course-selection and degree requirement.

The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature is awarded upon the completion of 30 credits of work, including 24 credits of coursework and a six-credit thesis. Twenty-four credits of coursework are taken from approved courses in various genres and topics of children’s and young adult literature and media, writing and publishing for children, and courses germane to children’s literature within the departments and across the University.

The six-credit thesis is developed according to the disciplinary perspective of the department in which the supervisor is situated, i.e., the thesis may be a literary study, a creative writing thesis, a research project involving children and books in the classroom or library, etc. The committee includes the supervisor and two thesis committee members from at least two out of the four departments in the program.