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Degree requirements

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

Course route requirements

  • 8 courses, including FR600 (Research methods in French Studies)
    Courses taken outside of the Department must be approved by the Graduate Officer.
  • 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 Route during their first term in the MA Program.

Research paper (mémoire) route

  • 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.

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 route

  • 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 route, 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 route.

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.

The thesis must be approved by the thesis supervisor and one other reader appointed by the Department, and must be defended orally before the thesis committee.