Through Saint Louis University’s Master of Arts in French, you’ll both master the language and increase your understanding of Francophone cultures.

About the Program

The diverse curriculum of the master’s in French 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.

Degree Program in France

In partnership with the Université de Poitiers, SLU offers a dual M.A. degree. The program includes a year of study at Saint Louis University and a year of study at Université de Poitiers.

Program Highlights

SLU’s annual French and Spanish Graduate and Undergraduate Student Symposium, generally held in March or early April, offers student an exciting opportunity to present and discuss research and areas of interest. Presenters are invited to submit their papers for consideration for publication in the electronic journal, Confluence: A Romance Language Journal of Saint Louis University.

Curriculum and Program Details

To graduate with an M.A. in French from SLU, you’ll need to complete 30 credit hours of coursework, a final project or written exam, and a final oral examination.

  • Arline Cravens, Ph.D.
  • Cassandra Hamrick, Ph.D.
  • Kathleen Llewellyn, Ph.D.
  • Dan Nickolai, Ph.D.
  • Jean-Louis Pautrot, Ph.D.
  • Pascale Perraudin, Ph.D.
  • Annie K. Smart, Ph.D.
After graduating with a master’s degree in French, you might pursue a career as a teacher, foreign service officer, translator or in the FBI or the CIA.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Teaching and research assistantships, as well as graduate lab assistantships, are available.  

Applicant Criteria

Applicants will be reviewed based on their GPA, TOEFL scores (for international applicants) and standardized test scores. 

For more detailed information, contact Annie Smart at

You’ll also need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE G score or Miller’s Analogy test score
Interview (desired)
Professional goal statement
Writing sample in French

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Feb. 1 for the fall semester.

The final deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 1 for U.S. applicants and May 1 for international applicants. The final deadline to apply for the spring semester is Dec. 1 for U.S. applicants and Oct. 1 for international applicants.

Review Process

The examining committee takes into account each item of the application.

Study Abroad

Study in France, Québec and More

M.A. students from SLU have studied in France, Québec City (Université Laval) and elsewhere. Upon approval, up to six hours of graduate-level credit can be applied to the M.A. in French. Interested students should speak to their adviser. Graduate seminars in French are also offered in the summer at Saint Louis University.