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How to Apply

Application Deadlines
  • December 20 to be assured consideration for fellowships.
  • January 10 to be assured consideration for graduate instructorships. We will consider applications submitted after this date, but because we are a small program, we urge you to apply by this date.

Decisions will be made by early March and request a final decision from admitted students by April 15.

The Department of French & Italian encourages applications for both of our graduate programs (MA and PhD) in French. In order to apply, please read and follow our instructions carefully.

Prerequisites

For those who apply for the MA program, a bachelors degree is required, while a master's degree is required for those who apply to our PhD program.

We select students who meet the following criteria well:

  • Evidence of an intellectual commitment to the advanced study of literature and culture
  • Potential for excellent scholarship, research, and teaching
  • Proficiency in French—including an excellent command of the language in speaking and writing, for both teaching and academic work
  • Previous academic record—including previous research experience
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for applicants educated in a Anglophone context

Elements of the Application

  • University of Minnesota Graduate School application
    All prospective graduate students of the University must apply online. See the Graduate School admissions page for more information.
  • Statement of research interests
    This statement is one of the most important elements of your application. It should address:
    • Your previous academic or intellectual work in French studies (or related fields)
    • Your current and anticipated research interests
    • If applicable, any teaching experience you may have
  • Writing sample
    A recent sample of your academic writing (10–20 pages) is a crucial portion of your application and should demonstrate your potential for academic writing and critical thought. You may submit up to two samples; at least one must be in French. Exemplary samples are capstone projects, final papers for advanced seminars, or senior theses
  • Three letters of recommendation
    Letters should speak to your previous academic work and potential for excellence in scholarly research, as well as your writing, teaching, and proficiency in French. They are usually from faculty members familiar with your intellectual work and promise. Letters must be submitted through the online application.
  • Demonstration of proficiency in French
    Your application should establish your command of French, in both your submitted writing sample and your letters of recommendation. Additionally, non-native speakers of French should contact the Director of Graduate Studies to set up an appointment for a phone interview or to make other arrangements if a phone interview is not possible.
  • GRE scores (if educated in a North American context)
  • Transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended. Please see the instructions for submitting transcripts. If you've received credit from an institution outside the United States, please also see the instructions for submitting international transcripts.
  • Application fee (paid online in the application process)

    International Applicants

    In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must send:

    For more information, visit the Graduate School's International Student Information page.