M.A. in French and Francophone Studies


Applications must be completed online using this link on The Graduate School's website. The application deadline for Fall admissions is January 15.

Program Description

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is pleased to invite applications to its Master's Program in French and Francophone Graduate Studies. This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of French and Francophone cultures with a wide range of courses covering the entire spectrum of literary history combined with allied courses in art history, cultural studies, comparative literature, film, literary theory, history, and philosophy. Students are encouraged to adapt the program to their individual needs and interests in close collaboration with the faculty. In fact, Notre Dame is especially suited to those students desiring close contact with scholars in the field, whether for guidance or for more focused study.

Founded in 1842 by a French missionary of the order “Congrégation de Sainte Croix,” based in Le Mans, France, the University of Notre Dame has a firm and deep commitment to the study of France, French literature, and the Francophone world at the graduate level. Our distinguished faculty in the Program of French and Francophone Studies represent the array of disciplines from the medieval through the modern periods and include specialists in North African, sub-Saharan, and Caribbean Francophone literatures.

The Program in French and Francophone Studies maintains active research and programmatic ties with Notre Dame's Medieval Institute, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, as well as with other institutes and academic departments. These allied units support graduate studies in French through annual visiting professorships, seminars, colloquia, lecture series, conferences, and sponsored research. Recent additions to a library collection being aggressively developed include the Maclure Collection of French Revolutionary Materials, the French Revolution/Eighteenth Century, and Fin de Siècle/Symbolist periodicals.

The Master of Arts in French

The master's degree in French, offered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, is a two-year program that covers the entire spectrum of French literary history. Students are encouraged to adapt the program to their individual needs and interests in close collaboration with the faculty. In addition to required seminars in literary criticism and comparative literature, students will take at least six courses in the field of French literature. The remaining two courses may be fulfilled in a second national literature or in a related field such as art history, film, history, philosophy, theology, or music. Students wishing to take the remaining 6 credit hours in another national literature or in comparative literature will be designated as having fulfilled a minor in that area. Well-qualified students have the option of writing a master's thesis under the direction of a faculty member in the Department.

During the first year of study, an oral examination in the language of specialization will determine candidacy for the master's degree. The Master's Program in French is concluded by a written examination in which the student chooses five of seven fields in which to be tested for satisfactory knowledge. An extensive reading list covering these fields is given to students upon arrival on campus. This list is also available online. All students in the Department are urged to fulfill the departmental language requirement by studying another romance language.

Support packages typically include a teaching assistantship and a tuition waiver.

For more information:

If you wish to apply, you must do so online through the Graduate School. If you have general questions about the department or the application process, please contact senior administrative assistant Linda Rule. If you have specific questions about the application process or Program in French, please contact:

Professor Alain Toumayan
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
email: atoumaya@nd.edu