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The Children's Literature/Library Services to Children (MA/MS) is the first and only dual degree program in the country that prepares students and professionals in library youth and young adult services
Boston, United States
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Full Degree
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This dual degree program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in the synthesis and comparison of two unique approaches to children's literature to combine their applied work (M.A. in Children's Literature) with their professional credentials (M.S. in Library Services). As children’s literature has re-entered mainstream discussions of both adults and young people’s reading, librarians, teachers, booksellers, writers, illustrators, and publishers are increasingly interested in critical and pragmatic discussions of this diverse and growing body of texts.

The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons has administered a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature for thirty years. The first of its kind, the M.A. in Children's Literature studies historical, critical, and theoretical contexts in works produced for children and young adults. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science offers specialized literature and services courses to those students interested in increasing their familiarity with these materials with an eye towards professional youth services in libraries. While both graduate degree programs reference the same literary history and body of material, each is characterized by distinct perspectives and methodologies.

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International Requirements:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The exam will be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution. Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required if not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. Simmons College prefers either World Education Services ( or the Center for Educational Documentation ( International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to meet all the travel, living, and educational expenses for graduate study in the United States. This information must be provided if you are admitted to a graduate program at Simmons College.

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