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MA French (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27180 USD
27180 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of French
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The Department of French and Romance Philology is a thriving point of contact between American, European, and African scholarship in the field of French and Francophone literature and cultures. The faculty currently comprises ten professors whose specialties range from medieval literature and culture to 20th-century literature and intellectual history. Approximately 50 graduate students are currently studying French at Columbia, completing rigorous and comprehensive training in literary and cultural history and theory before specializing in one area of research.

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Eligibility Criteria

Skill in reading, writing, and speaking French; a general knowledge of the literature of the French speaking world; ability to write clear and literate English.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

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Course Modules

All MA students are required to take eight classes and write an MA essay. The classes are distributed in the following manner:

  • Proseminar (an introduction to research methods, critical approaches, and techniques of close reading).
  • Four classes in four of the following seven fields of French and Francophone literature and culture: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Classical, Enlightenment, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth and Twenty-first Century, Francophone. These classes may not be taken for R credit.
  • Three electives classes. Two may be taken outside of the French department after consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies. Two of these electives may be taken for R credit.

There are two basic categories of graduate courses offered by the Department, roughly distinguished as lectures (4000-level courses) and seminars (6000- and 8000-level courses). These distinctions correspond to the course number designations in the bulletin and registration listings. The 4000-level lecture courses, which typically allow for discussion, cover broad aspects of a given period. The 6000- and 8000-level seminars are specialized courses. These courses focus on particular writers, themes, genres, movements or theories.

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How to Apply

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
  • CV or résumé
  • 2 writing samples (one in English and one in French, 10 to 15 pages)
  • GRE scores

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