Saint Louis University

French (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) | Master of Arts Degree

French Studies at Saint Louis University offers a wide range of courses aimed at mastering the French language, and at understanding French and Francophone cultures. A diverse curriculum includes courses in Francophone studies, film, women writers and teaching methodologies, as well as courses in French literature from the Middle Ages to the present, and interdisciplinary courses.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Feb. 1 (Priority Deadline*)
July 1 (Final Deadline)
May 1 (International)
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G or Miller's Analogy Test score; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; A writing sample in French; An interview is desired
(Advantages of the web application)
Dec. 1 (Final Deadline)
Oct. 1 (International)
Summer: No Admittance
Tel. No.: 314-977-2456
Chair: Annie Smart, Ph.D.
French Graduate Director: Jean-Louis Pautrot, Ph.D.


*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • The examining committee takes into account each item of the application.

French Application Review Process: The entire faculty examine qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations.

Admission Statistics

  • The program is suited to those planning or already engaged in professional careers such as teaching or international affairs
  • Qualified students may choose to add a minor in Spanish to their M.A. in French.

Credit Hours/Coursework: Thirty (30) hours of coursework; A final project or written examination; A final oral examination. | French Graduate Courses

Program Description: The program is for those interested in pursuing advanced studies in a combination of areas dealing with French language, cultures and literatures. The program is suited to those planning or engaged in professional careers such as teaching or international affairs. | French Graduate Studies

Career Possibilities: Teacher; Foreign Service Officer; Translator; FBI/CIA | Why study French? 

Dual MA Degree: In partnership with the Université de Poitiers, SLU offers a dual MA degree. The program includes a year of study at Saint Louis University and a year of study at Université de Poitiers. | Why study French? 

Curriculum & Program Details: A diverse curriculum includes offerings in Francophone studies, film, women writers, and teaching methodologies, as well as courses in French literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Such a curriculum makes it possible to acquire a solid, up-to-date background in French Studies, while broadening perspectives in specific areas of interest. | French Studies

About the French Faculty: Many faculty have national and international recognition and offer a variety and diverse array of academic disciplines. | French Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Teaching assistantships are one avenue of funding for graduate studies students in French. Two awards, the Robert Clive Roach Endowed Graduate Fellowship and 1818 Program Scholarships specifically honor French students. | Graduate Education Fellowships | Graduate Education Assistantships | Graduate Education Dissertation Fellowships | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The Annual LLC Student Symposium is held every spring semester on the beautiful downtown Saint Louis University campus. Participants may submit papers for publication in the Symposium's peer-reviewed on-line journal, Confluence. Also find the Language Resource Center (LRC) accessible to French graduate students. | Resources for French Studies students

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