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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.