View of St. Merri Church from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

View of St. Merri Church from the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Combined BA + MA Degree

Why Consider a Combined BA/MA in French?

  • Become more competitive! In a competitive global marketplace, advanced graduate degrees offer a distinct advantage.
  • Get more for your money! Earn your Master’s degree while studying at Miami as an undergraduate and only pay for one additional year of study,
  • Develop highly marketable skills! Graduate study cultivates advanced writing and critical thinking skills, and deepens your research experience as you write an thesis.
  • Expand and deepen intercultural knowledge and experience! Learn about French and Francophone cultural production with our internationally renowned faculty, known for our strengths in cultural studies, philosophical approaches to literature, queer and gender studies, film, visual culture, and medical humanities
  • Create a career as a global citizen! French is spoken by over 80 million people and is the official language of 29 different countries. Alumni of our program have gone on to careers in academic, teaching, public service, international non-profits, and the law.

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International Experience and Study Abroad Opportunities

The Department has a long tradition of welcoming international students, and our graduate students come from the United States and from all over the French-speaking world (Senegal, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Iran, and France). Students in our combined BA/MA program study in a diverse and welcoming international atmosphere. Students accepted to the combined BA/MA program are welcome to participate (contingent on budgetary approval) in our annual summer credit workshop at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, in order to gain valuable experience in France prior to completing their Master's degree.

Undergraduate Preparation

Students must be a French major and should have completed one 400-level seminar prior to applying to the combined BA/MA program. Applications are accepted on a rotating basis during the academic year. The ideal candidate would apply in their sophomore or junior year (after earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA or 3.25 or greater). See the Graduate School Handbook for more information.

Admission Requirements

To apply to a combined BA/MA program, go to the Graduate School's application page, complete the application, and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check "combined program."

In addition to the Graduate School application, students must submit a writing sample in French (a 5-15 page sample of literary analysis), a personal statement (no more than two pages), and two letters of recommendation. One of these letters should evaluate the applicant's abilities in French. Application review is on a rotating basis during the academic year. Please direct any questions about the application process or the combined BA/MA program to Dr. Elisabeth Hodges.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (NOTE: This change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor's degree prior to completing their master's degree. Upon receiving the bachelor's degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. A minimum of 150 hours is required for the combined program; 120 semester hour minimum for a bachelor's degree and 30 hour minimum for a master's degree.