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French, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
The French programme delivered by University of South Carolina trains students to teach and carry out research in French and various related fields. The expertise of the French faculty ranges from the literatures and cultures of the French Renaissance to those of present-day France and the Francophone world. 


Learning outcomes
  • Students will analyze and discuss texts in French, both orally and in writing.
  • Students will evaluate previous scholarship on French and/or Francophone literary and cultural expression.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read competently in a second language.

The French programme delivered by University of South Carolina offers courses in the language, literatures and cultures of France and the Francophone world that can lead to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in French, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and Global Studies. Students acquire advanced language skills and fluent cultural knowledge through courses taken on campus, and through study abroad. A direct exchange program in Arras, France and an established summer program in Tours, France, help students to acquire linguistic and cultural proficiencies in and beyond French. Graduates with a French major will have gained:

  • Highly developed communication skills in English and French
  • critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills
  • research experience
  • the ability to work with diverse groups
  • global awareness
  • cross-cultural literacy
  • experience living abroad

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Thesis Preparation
  • French Linguistics
  • The Teaching of Foreign Languages in College
  • French Phonology
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Admission requirements include complete transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, three letters of recommendation, satisfactory GRE scores, and an undergraduate major (or its equivalent) in French (for candidates who hold an undergraduate degree from a North American institution).
  • Candidates should have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in French.
  • Three letters of recommendation from previous French instructors are required for inclusion in the candidate’s application. Applicants are asked to submit a writing sample of 3,000 words, written in French (written in English for students whose native language is French), and a statement of purpose (300 words maximum) written in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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