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Graduate Studies

Why Consider a Master's in French?

In a world that increasingly relies on global and intercultural knowledge, a Master’s degree trains students to conduct original research in French literature and thought. Students in our program acquire a broad background in major works of French and Francophone literature, film, and theory. Our Master’s degree help students develop valuable skills in the current highly competitive professional marketplace: critical thinking, conducting original research, excellent writing skills, fluency in French, intercultural and historical perspectives, and broad interdisciplinary training. Our alumni often pursue studies at the doctoral level to prepare for careers in academia; they teach at the primary, secondary, and university levels, work in the public service sector, the law, and for international non-profits. 

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International Experience and Study Abroad Opportunities

We have a long tradition of welcoming international students to study in our MA program and encourage applications from throughout the world. Students in our program work in a very diverse international atmosphere with graduate students who come from all over the world (France, Belgium, Senegal, Iran, Switzerland, Macedonia, the U.S., and Canada). Miami University provides assistance to accepted students in making the transition from home countries to academic life in the United States, including assistance with visas and immigration paperwork and adaptation to life in a small American college town. All graduate students in our program are invited to participate at least once in our summer credit workshop at the Université de Bourgogne in France, contingent on budgetary approval. There, they have the opportunity to gain valuable experience living and teaching in France prior to completing their Master’s degree. 


Graduate students accepted to the program and awarded a graduate assistantship receive a modest stipend ($13,221 in 2015-16) and a tuition waiver of 93% of the tuition (in 2015-16, $13,526 for Ohio residents and $29,660 for non-residents). GAs usually teach two sections of introductory French or work as tutors in our French Writing Center. Students in good standing receive a graduate summer stipend of $1,800 to foster independent research (thesis and/or reading list hours) conducted over the summer. Students are responsible for modest fees each semester (in 2013-14, these were $841.60/semester) and for the cost of health insurance, whether they are covered under their own independent policy, or they choose to purchase university-sponsored coverage for students ($1,308). 

French Masters Program at Miami

Our M.A. students study French and Francophone literatures from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective that reflects the faculty's diverse intellectual interests, from theory and cultural studies to philosophy, comics, queer studies, film, visual culture, and politics. Over the course of our two year program students work closely with faculty in small graduate seminars and participate in the Department's lecture and film series. All students take workshops in teaching and have opportunities for undergraduate mentoring both in and outside the classroom. The Master's degree consists of graduate coursework (30 hours), a Reading List examination taken in the third semester of study, and a Master's thesis, which represents an original contribution to scholarship. Please see the Graduate Handbook for more information.

Oxford and the Greater Cincinnati Area

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio about 35 miles northwest of Cincinnati. Oxford is a small college town with a central business district and a variety of restaurants and cafés. Apartments "Uptown" are affordable and often within walking distance from campus. Many activities are organized throughout the year on campus including theater and musical performances, as well as lectures and films. Hueston Woods has excellent hiking trails and a lake. Cincinnati is a short 45-minute drive and has many attractions, from cultural activities to art house cinemas and terrifc restaurants, and has an international airport with daily flights to Europe.


Recent graduates of our Master's program have pursued advanced studies at some of the finext institutions in the world (Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Stanford, and UC Berkeley). Others teach at the private or public secondary schools and usually receive a higher salary with a Master's degree. Some pursue careers in the law and in non-profit organizations. For more information on career opportunities in French, please consult our career services page.

M.A. Thesis

The Master's thesis represents the culmination of our students' graduate experience. Students work closely with faculty advisors as they develop an original topic of research, draft chapters, revise, and defend their work before a committee of readers.

Recent M.A. Theses:

Jacob Raterman, (Mi)lieux critiques: hybridité hétérotopie dans la curée au bonheur des dames (2015) (Jonathan Strauss, Elisabeth Hodges, Anna Klosowska)

Elham Dehghanipour, La relation entre le mouvement et l'ecreiture chez Assia Djebar via "Ces voix qui m'assiegent....en marge de ma francophonie, loin de médine, l'amour, la fanatasia, vaste est la prison (2015) (Mark McKinney, Anna Klosowska, Audrey Wasser)

Jonathan Devine, Childhood fantasy and the look in Alain Berliner's "Ma vie en rose" and François Ozon's "Ricky" (2015) (Elisabeth Hodges, Mark McKinney, Anna Klosowska)

Emeline Diolot, Répétition et reconstruction de soi dans l'œvre autofictive de Camille Laurens (2015) (Mark McKinney, Elisabeth Hodges, Audrey Wasser)

Tamara Tasevska, Intimate Spaces in François Ozon's Swimming Pool (2014) (Elisabeth Hodges, Jonathan Strauss, Anna Klosowska)

Anne-Sophie Dubosson, Sublimation et négation du corps féminin surréaliste dans l'œuvre de Man Ray, Joyce Mansour et Gisèle Prassinos (2014) (Elisabeth Hodges, Anna Klosowska, Jonathan Strauss)

Sophie Chopin, Régimes dínteractions entre littérature et médecine dans l'œuvre de Louis Ferdinand Céline Voyage au bout de la nuit (2014) (Jonathan Strauss, Anna Klosowska, Elisabeth Hodges)

Vanessa Correia - "Dans Paris de Christophe Honore : Air - Terre - Eau Representation d'un Espace Urbain Traumatique" (2012) (Elisabeth Hodges, Claire Goldstein, Mark McKinney)

For more recent theses, go to the OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. Click on the "Browse by ETDs by school and department" link. On the next screen, click on the "Miami University" link and then scroll down until you find the "French" link.