Due to funding restrictions we are currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in our programs. 

Application process

Please visit the Graduate Studies Office website to apply to the MA in French Studies program online.
During the application process, you will be required to upload:

  • transcripts from all institutions attended
  • 3 references (they will be contacted to complete recommendation forms)
  • a writing sample (this can include a copy of a 4th year paper)
  • an up to date résumé.

Applications must respect the following deadlines:

Fall Acceptance February 1
Winter Acceptance July 1

Admission requirements

Applications will be reviewed by the Department, the Faculty of Arts and the Graduate Studies Office.

Successful applicants must have completed an undergraduate program:

  1. in French with a cumulative average of B (75%) in a recognized four-year Honours BA degree program in a Canadian university (or its equivalent) may be admitted to this program as regular students;
  2. in a four-year Honours or equivalent undergraduate program of studies in French, but who have not attained a cumulative average of B (75%) overall may be recommended and admitted as probationary students if certain conditions are satisfied;
  3. in an Honours program of studies in a discipline other than French, may seek admission as transitional students. Candidates for admission must have knowledge of French that is equivalent to French 400 at the University of Waterloo; or
  4. that is the equivalent of the three-year General BA program in French with at least a B (75%) average in a Canadian university may be accepted as qualifying students.

Note: Full-time and Transitional MA candidates are eligible for entrance scholarships and for Teaching Assistantships. Qualifying and Probationary students are not eligible for either, but may be granted part-time, non-teaching, employment within the Department.

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MA degree requirements

There are three routes to the MA in French. Students should discuss their preferred route and MA degree requirements with the Graduate Officer early in their programs, preferably during their first term.