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Romance and Classical Studies

French Graduate Program of Study

Master of Arts in French (0913)

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.

Funding Opportunities

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.

TROPOS Graduate Student Association

TROPOS (way of life, manner, style) is a graduate non-profit student organization of the Department of Romance and Classical Languages at Michigan State University.

As part of our efforts to provide graduate students from across the field with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in scholarly dialogue and publication, TROPOS hosts a graduate student conference and publishes a journal on a regular basis. From literature and cinema to linguistics and creative writing pieces, we hope our readers are inspired, entertained, and provoked to thought.


Graduate Secretary

Tanner Schudlich (he/him/his)
+1 (517) 884-1515
French and Spanish Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Advisors

Professor Aurora Wolfgang
French Graduate Advisor

Graduate School

Graduate School Website
(517) 355-1855

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions Website
(517) 355-8332
Email Admissions


Michigan State University has an online application system through the Office of Admissions.

Domestic applicants
International applicants

If you are unable to access the online application, please contact The Graduate School via email gradschool@grd.msu.edu to check on the availability of a paper application.
Once you've submitted an application for admission, you will receive an email with your Applicant ID. You can use your Applicant ID and password to get the most up-to-date information on your application status by logging in to your "Be a Spartan" online student portal.

Information for All Applicants

Michigan State University has a decentralized graduate admissions process. Many majors have specific admissions requirements (e.g., deadlines for submitting application materials, minimum grade-point averages, and special application packets). For specific program requirements and information, please refer to your program website, program graduate advisor, and program secretary.

You may submit up to two (2) applications to different graduate majors in the SAME semester. Each must be accompanied by a full set of documents as required by MSU and the individual graduate programs. Each application requires payment of the application fee.

Michigan State University reserves the right to make changes in its programs, policies, rules, regulations, procedures, fees, tuition, housing rates, organizational structure, and faculty and staff through the appropriate university processes. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as is possible in the event of such changes.

MSU must reserve the right to modify or eliminate programs that are described in these pages. In the event such an action is taken, students affected will be advised by their units of the options available to them to complete their degrees. Every reasonable effort will be made to permit students to complete their programs.

Requirements for Admissions

In addition to the online Application form, please note the following additional requirements for admission into each Spanish graduate program:

Master of Arts in French

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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

Information for International Applicants

MSU welcomes international applicants and provides a number of resources to assist with the application process.


Please be sure that all required physical copies of admissions documents are sent to the address listed below:

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies Graduate Office
619 Red Cedar Rd.
B331 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI, USA 48824

Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Program Handbook

The graduate handbook contains detailed information about the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, policies, and each degree program's coursework requirements.

Other Useful Forms and Resources