PhD in French

ANNOUNCEMENT: PhD Admissions for 2021
In light of the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 emergency, the Department of French has decided not to admit students to the PhD program in French in 2021. Doctoral admissions will resume in 2022. We believe that this decision will enable us to focus at this challenging moment on the needs of our current students and to welcome new students in the best possible pedagogical circumstances.

If you are interested in applying in 2022 but would like to speak with our faculty and students this fall, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Madeleine Dobie.  Admissions to our MA program in French will proceed as usual in 2021.


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

The PhD in French trains scholars specializing in the literature, culture, and history of France and the French-speaking world.

    Admission requirements

    Skill in reading, writing, and speaking French; a general knowledge of the literature of the French-speaking world; ability to write clear and literate English.

    All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

    The following are in addition to those of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

    • Statement of Academic Purpose
    • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
    • CV or résumé
    • 2 writing samples (one in English and one in French, 10 to 15 pages each)