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Graduate Admission Requirements

The department accepts applications from students all over the world and with preparation in a variety of disciplines. Preference is usually accorded to applicants who have completed a B.A. or M.A. in French or Comparative Literature, or in a closely related field.

Applicants who do not yet have the M.A. should specify on the application form their intention to pursue the Ph.D. as a terminal degree. Applicants whose goal is a terminal M.A. are encouraged to apply but should note that funding is available only for doctoral-track students and that acceptance into the terminal M.A. program does not indicate automatic acceptance or promotion to the Ph.D. program.

A complete application to the Ph.D. program in French includes:

  • Application form and fees
  • GRE scores
  • A Statement of purpose (Application essay)
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample (in French or English)
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA score; 3.5 in major

The department cannot consider applications that are incomplete. The application deadline for students wishing to enter in the Fall term is February 1st of the preceding academic year.

Applicants are required to fill out the application online. A link to the application will be provided when the application period begins.

The School of Liberal Arts requests transcripts of GRE exam scores to be sent directly to its office. Self-reported scores are acceptable on the application form, but official transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

As part of the application form, students should write a thoughtful essay explaining why they are choosing to pursue an advanced degree in French Studies; the essay should include a detailed research plan that suggests how the department’s faculty and courses meet their needs. Information on faculty research and current graduate courses offered is available on the departmental website.

Applicants should solicit letters of recommendation from at least three professors familiar with their work. Letters of recommendation should address candidates’ competence in written and spoken French, and their ability to do advanced graduate work in the field of French Studies. In addition, the application should include a writing sample, in French or English, wherein the candidate demonstrates the critical and analytical skills needed to pursue French Studies at the graduate level. If the writing sample is in English, the statement of purpose should be written in French.