How to Apply
December 31 to be assured consideration for fellowships.
Rolling admissions are possible after December 31, but applicants may not be eligible for fellowship opportunities. Because we are a small program, we urge you to apply by the December 31 deadline.
Decisions will be made by early February. We request a final decision from admitted students by April 15.
PLEASE NOTE: The Department of French & Italian has decided to suspend graduate admissions for Fall 2021. We will not be accepting applications this year. This decision reflects both the policy of the College of Liberal Arts and our deep commitment to supporting those students already enrolled at the University of Minnesota, ensuring that they have the resources they need to be safe, healthy, and productive. We look forward to reading applications again next year for the Fall 2022 cycle. Please get in contact with us then.
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.
For those who apply for the MA program, a bachelor's 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 an 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.
- Application fee (paid online in the application process)
In addition to the materials listed above, international applicants must send:
- Certified copies of all academic records, including diplomas and records of grades or exam results. If the originals are in a language other than English or French, certified English translations must be provided. Please see the instructions for submitting transcripts for more information.
- Scores for one or both of the following tests:
For more information, visit the Graduate School's International Student Resources page.