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Future graduate students

Taking up the challenges of the 21st century through Graduate Studies in French

The Department of French Studies offers you the possibility to live and work in French within an institution attuned to new social and cultural challenges of the Canadian mosaic. If teaching excellence is part and parcel of a long-lasting tradition at Waterloo, the training of emerging scholars and the development of innovative research programs constitute the cornerstone of our growth. 

MA Program

The MA Program in French Studies can be completed within one year. There are three different routes to meeting the requirements of the Program, each designed to allow you to adapt your studies to your needs. You can choose the thesis option, research paper option, or courses-only option. You can also decide when to start your studies – be it in September or January – and whether to pursue them on a full-time or a part-time basis. Finally, the University of Waterloo offers very attractive financial aid packages in the form of scholarships and bursaries as well as in the form of teaching and research assistantships; this could enable you not only to subsidize a large part of your studies but also to gain experience in your field. 

PhD Program

The PhD Program in French Studies is designed to be completed in four years. The program is structured around three major fields that reflect recent issues and areas of developments in French Studies, as well as new realities in the workplace: Digital Archiving and Editing, Early Modern French Literary Studies and Theory, and Cultural and Literary Studies in a Francophone Context. Through these three fields of specialization, you will have the opportunity to engage in major projects in the areas of teaching, as well as theoretical and applied research. 
You may enter the PhD program in September or January, and enroll as a full-time or part-time student. The recommended schedule for the four-year program is as follows: 
  • completion of six courses in the first year of study; 
  • preparation and completion of the comprehensive examinations in the second year; 
  • writing of the PhD thesis in the third and fourth years. 
Experiential research training and participation in a relevant stay abroad program, such as the Université de Nantes graduate student exchange, can also be integrated into the PhD program.
In addition, the University of Waterloo offers attractive doctoral scholarships and assistantships, helping you finance your studies while providing great opportunities to acquire teaching and research experience.