French, French Studies Concentration (MA)
The graduate program in French is designed to prepare students for teaching and research in language and literature. A Master of Arts degree opens opportunities to teach in both community colleges and high schools, and provides a solid foundation for students interested in continuing their studies toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Graduate training in French is also increasingly useful for positions in government and industries concerned with French-speaking areas of the world. Study abroad and scholarship opportunities are available.
Along with the concentration in French Studies, the Graduate School offers French, Professional French Translation Concentration (MA), Professional French Translation (Certificate), Teaching (MAT) with Certification in French, Teaching (MAT) with Dual Certification in French and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, French (Combined Bachelor’s/Master of Arts in Teaching), and French (Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification).
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
Admission is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate French or its equivalent. Students applying for admission must satisfy the standard University requirements for admission to graduate study. Individuals holding the bachelor’s degree and showing an adequate proficiency in French may enroll in graduate courses, even though they do not wish to enter the Master of Arts program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the French, French Studies Concentration (MA) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay in English providing a response to each of the following questions.
- What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
- In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
- Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
- Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
- Letters of Recommendation: Two.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
This program consists of 30 credits. For more information, please visit the French, French Studies Concentration (MA) program listing in the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the French, French Studies Concentration (MA) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*