French- Master of Arts

For information, contact:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of French and Italian
207 Irvin Hall, 513-529-7508

Admission Requirements

All applicants must complete the online application form and submit official transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a writing sample of 10-15 pages in French. One of these letters should be written by someone who can vouch for the applicant’s abilities in the French language. International students must submit proof of English proficiency (80 or higher on the TOEFL) as well as official translations of their academic transcripts. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required. We accept applications February 1 through March 1. 

Program Requirements

The M.A. in French requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework, a reading list examination, and a thesis. Six of the 30 hours may be taken outside the department in related courses at 500- or 600-level with permission from the Graduate Director. The normal length of the program is four semester plus two summers. Students are expected to take two graduate-level courses each semester and are required to take any 600-level French classes offered. During the first semester, they also enroll in the Teaching Workshop (FRE 691). All students are required to take FRE 614, a seminar on literary and critical theory offered every other year. During summers, students work independently: preparing the reading list exam, or finalizing their master's thesis. Students may participate in the Dijon credit workshop, contingent on budgetary approval. There they may take graduate seminars, teach and/or serve as assistants to the program director. Students must pass a comprehensive reading list examination in their third semester of study to be in good standing. During the fourth semester of study, students draft and revise a thesis of at least 50 pages, which represents an original contribution to scholarship in the field. Candidates for the M.A. defend their thesis at the end of their second year and complete all revisions to the thesis over the second summer of study.