Program information

Department/School French Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

February 1 (for admission in September)

July 1 (for admission in January of the following year)

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Doctoral, Research
Length of program 48 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis

Research fields - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student's research concentration

Cultural Studies in a Francophone Context

Early Modern French Literary Studies and Theory

Electronic Archiving, Editing and Publishing in a Francophone Context

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    Due to funding restrictions, the Faculty of Arts is currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program.

    What does it take to get in?

    Minimum admission requirements

    • Students must have a Master of Arts (MA) degree in French Studies (or in a closely related field) and must have achieved an overall average of at least 80% in their MA program.
    • Students are required to submit a plan of study.


    Application materials

    • Writing Sample (written in French)
    • Resume
    • Supplementary information form (SIF)
      • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
      • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
    • Transcripts
    • References
      • Three references are required; at least two academic
    • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
      • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

    How much will it cost?

    What can you expect at Waterloo?

    This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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    Program Contact

    Nathan Pirie at
    519-888-4567, ext. 42249