MA in French and Francophone Studies

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. The program will accept and review applications for fall and spring semesters. Transcripts for all undergraduate work must be uploaded along with all other requirements.

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements (for details, please consult the department website).

  • Baccalaureate Field A substantial background in French literature is essential, as is fluency in written and spoken French.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required None.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation (in English or French) Three required from professors or others familiar with the applicant’s recent academic work.
  • Statement of Academic and Professional Motivation 300–400 words, in French; the statement should explain the applicant's (a) reasons for wanting to engage in graduate study; (b) previous training in French language, literature, and cultural studies; and (c) career goals.
  • Other Requirements
    • Writing Sample: All applicants must submit a sample of their academic writing in French; a research paper in which an analytical and critical argument is developed and which cites appropriate sources is preferred.
    • CV/Resume

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work At least 12 of the 32 hours must be 500-level courses in the Department of French and Francophone Studies, excluding FR 596 . At least 28 hours of course work must be taken in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.
Course Title
Required Courses
French in Style: Advanced Speaking, Writing and Research a
Select at least 12 additional hours at the 400 level.
  •  Comprehensive Examination Required; written and oral.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course work only. No other options are available.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: