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M.A. in French

Why Pursue the MA in French and Francophone Studies at Syracuse University?

The MA curriculum in French and Francophone Studies at SU provides students with a solid background in French and Francophone literature and culture, literary analysis, and critical theory.  Course offerings cover major authors, periods, and movements—from Renaissance poetry to the Enlightenment philosophes and Caribbean women writers—and expose students to diverse critical approaches.  Courses are frequently interdisciplinary, combining the study of literature with philosophy, history, art, and film.  The small size of our program (typically 6-8 graduate students) allows for close mentoring relationships with faculty.  In addition, students accepted into the TA program receive extensive training and hands-on experience teaching lower-division French language courses (FRE 101-202).  TAs can also participate in SU's Future Professoriate Program and earn a Certificate in University Teaching or earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Language Teaching.

Students graduating with the MA in French and Francophone Studies at SU have gone on to pursue PhDs at institutions such as Brown University; Duke University; Emory University; McGill University; Princeton University; Vanderbilt University; The John Hopkins University, and Cornell University.  Others have become French teachers at private and public secondary schools throughout the United States.  By providing in-depth knowledge of French and Francophone literature and culture and developing critical thinking skills, the MA in French and Francophone Studies provides excellent preparation for careers in a number of fields, including teaching; study abroad; translation and interpretation; international business; international relations; journalism; publishing; art; film; and fashion.

How to Apply for the MA French Program at Syracuse University

Graduate applications are due by February 1 for Fall admission and are available online at

As part of your application, please submit:
A writing sample of 5 to 15 pages in French (e.g., a paper written for an undergraduate French course, an honors or senior thesis). The sample should represent recent intellectual work relevant to your interests in French and Francophone Studies.

Questions about the MA program?  Contact Graduate Advisor Jean Jonassaint at