Graduate studies

Applications to the PhD program in French are now open for admission in fall 2022: GSAS Admissions & Toolkit If you would like to speak with our faculty and students, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


Graduate students are selected from the best in the country and around the world; as a consequence, admission into the Department is extremely competitive. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for a career in productive scholarship.

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MA in French

This free-standing program, administered in New York City, terminates at the Master’s degree.

MA in History and Literature

Administered in Paris, and managed in partnership with the Department of History, this free-standing program terminates at the Master’s degree.

PhD in French

This is a sequential program. In preparation of the PhD, the MA and MPhil degrees are obtained.

PhD in French and Comparative Literature

This is a sequential program. In preparation of the PhD, the MA and MPhil degrees are obtained while fulfilling ICLS requirements for the concentration award.