Why study French?

The Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures offers an MA in French literatures with emphasis on French and Francophone poetry, narrative, and film; interdisciplinary studies, literary theory, and teaching. The expertise of faculty spans all the major periods of French and Francophone literature, and are active scholars at the national and international levels. Professors work closely with graduate students in their coursework, and many of our students are engaged in joint projects or research and teaching with faculty members. In addition to financial support, the teaching assistants receive helpful supervision, including a two-week teacher training seminar prior to classes and an ongoing teaching practicum during the school year. The graduate students are seen as an essential and vital part of the Department. The success our students have had in finding teaching positions attests to the effectiveness of this program. Students are expected to register for three 4-credit courses each semester and are expected to present for a comprehensive examination in the spring semester of their second year. The MA in French at UC is an ideal degree both for students wishing to teach at the high school or college level, as well as for students wishing to continue to the Ph.D. level.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, preferably in French or literature
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00
  • GRE not required
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV, resume)
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from recent language or literature professors submitted through the UC online recommendation system
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A 500 word statement of purpose, preferably in the target language
  • A writing sample in the target language
  • For non native English speakers:
    • TOEFL scores, the minimum: 520 (paper), 190 (computer), 80 (internet)
    • Oral English Proficiency Test administered by UC before being allowed to teach

Application Deadlines

Please visit the Program website or contact the program director for information prior to applying to learn about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted.


February 1

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Contact Information

Dr. Carlos Gutierrez
Clifton Court Hall 5270
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0377
(513) 556-1845

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Program Code: 15MAS-FREN-MA