• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Our program offers students access to the global French-speaking world and its histories, philosophies, cinemas, and other aesthetic forms. As a fundamentally international discipline, the major in French encourages a range of objects of study and a number of critical approaches, emphasizing gender and sexuality, postcolonial studies, economic and social theory, among others. 

In addition, numerous departmental activities such as the French Club, summer trips to France, film screenings, lectureships and field trips, bring together faculty and students in rich intellectual and social environments. The department also encourages various programs of study abroad that will enhance students' awareness of French and Francophone cultures.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in French. Both Degrees provide a rigorous and comprehensive training in French literary history, theory and criticism. The research and teaching interests of our faculty are deeply interdisciplinary, extending the study of literature and culture to fields such as aesthetics, continental philosophy, cinema studies, genre studies, music, law, political history, anthropology, psychoanalysis, gender, and colonial and postcolonial studies. 

Likewise, our Faculty’s training ranges across the history of French and Francophone studies, including Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment and post-Revolutionary French literature and culture, to contemporary French and Francophone studies. Within the Francophone world, faculty members teach and conduct research on North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Québec, and the Caribbean, as well as focusing on immigrant communities in France.

Teaching, mentoring, and programs abroad

We believe in the close mentoring and careful training of a select number of future scholars and teachers. This means that our students receive the personal attention that is essential for success in a highly competitive profession, and which is not as available in larger programs. Further, the small size of our graduate seminars creates a learning environment that is both intellectually stimulating and supportive. 

Students can also benefit from training in language pedagogy, professional development workshops, and a year-long exchange program with the Université de Rennes. We offer every advantage of a large research institution while retaining an individual approach that is challenging as well as collaborative.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Elementary French I 
  • Elementary French II 
  • Intermediate French I 
  • Intermediate French II 
  • Accelerated Intermed French 
  • Advanced Essay Exploration II 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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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

  • A background in French equivalent to that of an undergraduate major is required for entering candidates. M.A. candidates choose between two plans: under Plan I, they complete 24 hours of course work plus 6 hours of thesis; under Plan II, they complete 32 hours of course work without thesis. 
  • The comprehensive exams involve a more extensive written component for Plan II. Core requirements are a theory course (3 credit hours) and a professional development colloquium (1 credit hour). 
  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in another language through a four-semester sequence of course work, a proficiency examination, or proof of equivalent knowledge acquired elsewhere.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24187 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24187 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8343 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8343 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • per 24 credits

Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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