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French and Francophone Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is pleased to invite applications to its Master's Program in French and Francophone Graduate Studies. This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of French and Francophone cultures with a wide range of courses covering the entire spectrum of literary history combined with allied courses in art history, cultural studies, comparative literature, film, literary theory, history, and philosophy. Students are encouraged to adapt the program to their individual needs and interests in close collaboration with the faculty. In fact, Notre Dame is especially suited to those students desiring close contact with scholars in the field, whether for guidance or for more focused study.

Founded in 1842 by a French missionary of the order “Congrégation de Sainte Croix,” based in Le Mans, France, the University of Notre Dame has a firm and deep commitment to the study of France, French literature, and the Francophone world at the graduate level. Our distinguished faculty in the Program of French and Francophone Studies represent the array of disciplines from the medieval through the modern periods and include specialists in North African, sub-Saharan, and Caribbean Francophone literatures.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Money Matters in French Literature
  • Christine de Pizan: A Woman Intellectual in Context
  • Auteurs/Autour du Port-Royal
  • Renaissance Lyric Poetry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 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).

General Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, you must fulfil all the following requirements:

  • hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • have earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate degree
  • complete and electronically submit the secure online application form
  • submit all required fees, test scores, and additional materials before the specified departmental deadline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Support packages typically include a teaching assistantship and a tuition waiver. Notre Dame stipends are competitive with those of other universities, and many students find the stipends even more attractive when the cost of living here is considered. Housing and other living costs in the South Bend area are well below the average for urban areas throughout the country. Over half Notre Dame's advanced students live in campus housing on or directly adjacent to the University.

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