24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in French offer a first-rate faculty in all the areas of French and Francophone literature and culture. This program is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 


The French program emphasizes broad coverage as well as specialization, and is organized so as to take advantage of the quality and range of the faculty. A Wisconsin Ph.D. has the ability to teach not only a very focused topic of research, but also much of the French literary tradition.

The French graduate program at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers a wide array of courses and seminars each semester, providing a fairly even distribution across the various literary periods in most academic years. Courses typically meet two or three times a week and are quite broad in focus, generally exploring well-defined periods or genres, while seminars are held once a week for two hours and take up narrower topics in greater depth. Both the offerings and the requirements of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are designed to give students not only the tools necessary for specialization, but also an excellent knowledge of these extremely rich literary traditions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Show broad knowledge of French and Francophone literature and culture.
  • Master a broad range of texts fundamental to French and Francophone studies.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the major works in literature and the history of ideas that have been written in French from the Middle Ages up to the present.
  • Show the ability to analyze literary texts of various genres, and to formulate well-informed, interpretive arguments about them.
  • Identify, select, and retrieve primary and secondary sources pertaining to questions in French and Francophone literature.
  • Analyze and interpret the theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry in this discipline.
  • Demonstrate adequate proficiency in French to lead a well-informed discussion of literature and culture.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately in both written and spoken French

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • French for Speakers of Other Romance Languages
  • Sexuality and Gender in 20th-century French Literature
  • French Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Modern and Contemporary Francophone Topics
  • Exploring French: Intermediate-level Course for Entering Students
  • Intermediate Language and Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution

  • You will need to list three people who will write letters of recommendation for you. They should be in faculty or permanent academic staff positions
  • Submit the online Graduate School Application for Admission and pay the application fee
  • GRE (optional) institution code 1846 for UW–Madison
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit results for the TOEFL or MELAB exams
  • Writing Sample (essay or paper in French—usually between 7 and 12 pages in length)
  • List of French Literature and/or Civilization courses taken and grades received

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

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


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