For a list of all pertinent forms for graduate students, please see this page.

Requirements for Completion:

The M.A. program in French allows students with a B.A. in French to further their studies in the French language, culture, and literature, while preparing them to further their career. Most of our M.A. graduates continue on to a Ph.D. program at MSU or elsewhere, or become certified high school teachers. Others pursue careers in translation, sustainable development, editing, advising study abroad programs, among others.

Those who are interested in full consideration for a Teaching Assistantship must apply by February 1. Further considerations for financial support after that date will depend on resources available. Candidates should also consult the Graduate School for other funding possibilities ( Note that for these, applications must be received by December 15.

  1. Candidates for the Masters degree in French must complete 33-34 credits that include: 
    • 6 required credits in ROM 803 (Current Approaches to Foreign Language Instruction), and a course on Critical Theory.
    • 18 credits in three fields: Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern French Studies; Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.
    • Additionally, 3-4 credits in either one of : FRN 899, FRN 897, or FRN 898.
    • Additionally, 6 credits of elective (at the 400-level or above), approved by the program graduate advisor.
  2. Candidates for the Master’s degree in French must complete one of the following during their second year of residency:
    • Plan A: Thesis and Oral Examination (4 credits of FRN 899).
    • Plan B1: MA Written and Oral Examinations (3 credits of FRN 897)
    • Plan B2: MA Project and Defense (3 credits of SPN 898)
  3. Candidates for the Master’s degree must be in residence for at least three semesters.

See French Graduate Handbook, Section II.A M.A. in French for additional information.

Financial aid: Students in the Master’s program have an opportunity to apply for appointment as a teaching assistant to teach in the French language program.