Master's in French

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The MA in French allows students to deepen their study of the literarture and culture of the French speaking world. Over the course of our two-year degree, graduate students work closely with department faculty who specialize in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of French and Francophone literature, queer and gender studies, film, visual culture, and medical humanities.

Why Consider a Master's in French?

In a competitive global marketplace, an advanced graduate degree offers a distinct advantage. Our Master’s program develops valuable and highly marketable skills:  the ability to think and write critically, to conduct independent research, to teach a class effectively and develop leadership abilities, to write and speak near-native French (the official language of 29 different countries), to broaden intercultural and historical perspectives. Alumni of our Master’s program often continue their studies at the doctoral level, or pursue careers in secondary school teaching, the public service sector, the law, or international non-profit.

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International Experience and Study Abroad Opportunities

We welcome applications from international and domestic students to study in our MA program. Our students  come from all over the world (France, Belgium, Senegal, Iran, Pakistan, 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. Graduate students in our program may participate 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 in study abroad while living and teaching in France prior to completing their Master’s degree.

Funding

Graduate students awarded a graduate assistantship receive a modest stipend ($13,618 in 2017-18) and a tuition waiver of 93% of the tuition (in 2017-18, $13,811 for Ohio residents and $30,859 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 2017-18, these were $988/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 ($1,521).

To Apply

Application review for Fall 2019 begins February 1. To be guaranteed consideration, your complete application must be received by March 1, 2019. All applicants must submit a writing sample in French (a 5-15 page sample of literary analysis), a statement of purpose (no more than two pages), and two letters of recommendation. One of these letters should evaluate the applicant's abilities in French. Please direct any questions about the application process and requirements to Dr. Audrey Wasser.

International applicants must include official translations of their academic transcripts and results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. Miami University requires a minimum of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS in order to be considered as a candidate for graduate study at Miami University.

Applications (domestic and international) and further instructions are available through the Graduate School.