There are three study options for the MA in French. Students should discuss their preferred study option with the Graduate Officer early in their programs, preferably during their first term.
Course study option requirements
- 8 courses, including FR600 (Research methods in French Studies)
- All courses should be completed successfully within three terms.
The minimum average required for graduation is 72%.
A student receiving a course grade below 70% may be asked to withdraw from the program. Students are automatically enrolled in the Course study option during their first term in the MA Program.
Research paper (mémoire) study option
- 6 courses, including FR600 (Research methods in French Studies)
- Research paper (mémoire) of approximately 50 pages, written in French.
No more than one course with a grade lower than 70% is permitted.
The research paper topic must be approved by the French Studies Graduate Committee. The paper will be written under the supervision of a professor of the Department. Please see a list of our faculty research areas.
The research paper must be read and approved by a Reading committee of two professors, the supervisor and an internal reader. The student will normally be notified within three weeks of submission of the research paper (mémoire) of its approval/rejection by the Reading Committee.
Thesis study option
- 4 courses, including FR600 (Research methods and professional communication)
- Thesis paper of approximately 100 pages, written in French, and thesis defense
To be accepted to the thesis study option, you must first pass two graduate courses with a minimum average of 80%. A student receiving a course grade below 78% must revert to the course study option.
The thesis paper topic must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department. The paper will be written under the supervision of a professor of the Department. Please see a list of our faculty research areas.
The thesis must be approved by the thesis supervisor and two other readers appointed by the Graduate Studies Committee, and must be defended orally before the thesis committee.