Admissions

The program of French and Francophone Studies at MSU is currently recruiting graduate students for Fall 2022.

Do you want to turn your love for the French language and Francophone cultures into a rewarding career? Are you interested in exploring the diversity of the Frenchspeaking world from a variety of perspectives? Today, an advanced degree in Francophone studies can uniquely prepare you for a career in higher education or the professional world, or give your chosen career a new direction.

Our program welcomes applications from diverse groups of students. Our graduate students have come from France, other parts of Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as North America, and their unique backgrounds make for a culturally and intellectually vibrant environment. The faculty members of our program bring together a wide range of research interests that include French early modern literature, post-revolutionary literature, narrative theories, Francophone postcolonial studies, gender studies, the study of social movements and cultural history, French linguistics, and pedagogy. Moreover, students can choose between the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration and the Literary and Cultural Studies concentration, depending on their career goals. Lastly, the MSU French program is committed to assuring that all our students succeed by offering supportive, individualized mentoring by our faculty.


Financial Support

  • Teaching Assistantships (includes a full tuition waiver, stipend, health and dental insurance) in the French Program (MA 2 years, Ph.D. 4 years). For more information visit: https://grad.msu.edu/msu-graduate-school-fellowships
  • Assistantships for working on Technology projects (1 year) (includes a full tuition waiver, stipend, health and dental insurance)
  • Teaching Assistantships (includes a full tuition waiver, stipend, health and dental insurance) at the Center of Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities http://cisah.msu.edu/ and at the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (GSAH) http://globalstudies.msu.edu/
  • The Dissertation Completion Fellowship offers a 1 semester release from teaching. (PhD students)
  • Generous financial support for presenting at scholarly meetings, submitting book reviews and articles for publication, and in preparing to publish the dissertation.

Working in France

Professional and Academic Opportunities

  • Editorial experience with Tropos, the graduate student journal indexed in PMLA that attracts scholarly and creative work from throughout North America
  • Graduate Certification in College Foreign Language Teaching for careers in post-secondary education. (http://celta.msu.edu/students/graduate-certificate/)
  • Lectures and professional meetings on departmental, college and university level
  • For further information on our program and the application procedure, please visit our website at http://www.rcs.msu.edu/graduate/ and contact Valentina Denzel, graduate advisor and Associate Professor of French at vdenzel@msu.edu. Review of applications starts on December 11, 2021 and continues as needed.

Admission Requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D.

In addition to the Graduate School online application that includes, among other documents, a personal and academic statement for domestic and international students, see the following requirements for admission to our programs:

Before you can be officially admitted into the graduate study program at Michigan State University, please make sure that all of the following items are submitted to the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. When preparing the MSU Graduate Online Application, refer to the following program codes:

MASTER’S PROGRAM – 0913 French 
DOCTORAL DEGREE – 0915 French

Master of Arts in French:

  • Application form
  • A bachelor’s degree in French from a four-year college, or the equivalent; preparation in French equivalent to or more extensive than that required for the B.A. in French at Michigan State University.
  • Superior grades in college coursework (at least a grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate French language and literature courses on the third and fourth-year level).
  • Letters of recommendation from three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant’s ability to pursue advanced graduate study in French.
  • Non-native speakers of French are also required to submit a language proficiency evaluation form.
  • Writing samples in French and English.
  • Official transcript(s) of all relevant coursework sent to the department, including proof that they have received a B.A. or equivalent in French. Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original hard copy of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates in an official, sealed envelope, directly to:
    Department of Romance and Classical Studies
    619 Red Cedar Road
    B-331 Wells Hall
    East Lansing, MI, USA 48824
  • English language proficiency: Prospective graduate students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language they will teach. The language director or another faculty member will interview candidates by phone. International students must take the TOEFL test and, to be considered for regular admission, must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version (PBT) or 80 on the internet-based version of the test (IBT).

Doctor of Philosophy:

(For candidates who have not earned the M.A. in French at Michigan State University)

  • Application Form
  • A Master’s degree in French or its equivalent. Candidates without a Master’s degree in French or its equivalent must pass the M.A./Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in French in their second semester of residency.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in their undergraduate language and literature courses in French.
  • Official transcripts of M.A. in French and/or transcripts of all relevant coursework. Request that all colleges or universities attended, or examination boards send original hard copy of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets, and certificates in an official, sealed envelope, directly to:
    Department of Romance and Classical Studies
    619 Red Cedar Road
    B-331 Wells Hall
    East Lansing, MI, USA 48824
  • Personal statement explaining their motivation for enrolling in a doctoral program in French and their ultimate goals, and academic statement describing the area they intend to focus on (maximum 500 words).
  • Academic writing samples in French and English.
  • Letters of recommendation from three professors who are qualified to assess the applicant’s ability to pursue advanced graduate study in French.
  • Non-native speakers of French are also required to submit a language proficiency evaluation form.
  • Candidates for a teaching assistantship, and who are not first-language speakers of English, must take the TOEFL exam and receive a minimum average score of 550 or higher with the paper-based test (PBT) or 80 or higher with an internet-based test (IBT). Any award of a teaching assistantship is contingent on a candidate’s achieving a passing grade on the TOEFL examination.
  • Non-native English speakers are also required to pass an oral proficiency exam in English. This is done on campus via a SPEAK Test, which is administered by the English Language Center. For further information visit https://elc.msu.edu/tests/msu-speaking-test/
  • At his or her discretion, or upon the recommendation of the faculty, the director of language instruction or a designated replacement will call all candidates for a teaching assistantship to verify their knowledge of spoken French and the clarity of their pronunciation, before a teaching assistantship can be firmly awarded.

In addition to the online application form make sure that all material should reach us at:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies
Wells Hall B-331
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

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