a building with a distinctive metal facade
The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations in Marseille, France

Consult the Graduate School Application website to obtain information on general admission requirements and procedures and to submit an application. Admission to the French graduate program requires the equivalent of an undergraduate major in French, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Qualified students who hold an appropriate undergraduate degree may be admitted directly to the doctoral program. If admitted directly to the doctoral program from the BA, students must complete all requirements for the appropriate MA program, including comprehensive testing and subsequent awarding of the MA degree, as a prerequisite for completion of the doctoral degree. To determine if this is the best option for you, consult with one of the French graduate advisers:

Qualified students may seek dual admission to the School of Law and to any MA program offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. If admitted to both, you will be exempted from at least 6 credit hours of coursework for the juris doctor degree.

Material Required for the Online Application

  • Statement of Purpose (one to two pages)
  • Official transcripts of grades earned at all prior institutions of higher learning
  • Writing sample (approximately 10 pages in French)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of entrance exam scores (unconditional admission requires: 300 combined minimum on the GRE or 50th percentile on the MAT; in the case of slightly lower scores, conditional admission may be considered)
  • Commensurate score on an approved test of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English: TOEFL (score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT); IELTS (score of 6.5); or PTE (score of 59).*

*International applicants whose first language in not English can be exempted from testing if they have earned a U.S. degree within the prior three years.

Students with insufficient undergraduate preparation may need to complete certain undergraduate requirements.