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University of British Columbia Course/Program Name
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International :15 Jul 

MA French

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The Graduate Program in French Studies offers a dynamic curriculum that focuses on a contextualized understanding of the languages, literatures, and cultures of France, Québec and the Francophone world. Students may specialize in literature or linguistics, or propose a research program combining both fields.

The first MA in French was conferred in 1922, and of UBC's first one hundred theses, six were in French literature.

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Eligibility Criteria

Students admitted to the M.A. degree program normally possess a B.A. degree in French or a related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students applying for admission to the M.A. program in French should have:

  • 4-year B.A. degree (Major in French) or its equivalent
  • B+ average in the final two years of the undergraduate program (3.3. on a 4.0 scale)
  • minimum of 30 credits (ten one-semester courses or equivalent) in French in third- and fourth-year course work with a minimum of A- in at least 12 credits (four one-semester courses or equivalent).

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Course Modules

There are two options for the M.A.:

  • M.A. with Thesis. This option requires 24 credits of coursework, up to 3 of which may be drawn from 400-level undergraduate courses in literature or linguistics given in French, and a 6-credit thesis followed by an oral thesis defense.
  • Course-based M.A. This option requires 30 credits of coursework, up to 3 of which may be drawn from 400-level undergraduate courses in literature or linguistics given in French.

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How to Apply

Three sets of official transcripts from all post-secondary institution are required.  Transcripts issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.  Please read the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies regulation regarding  transcripts and degree certificates. Current and former UBC students do not need to submit their UBC transcripts.

Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation written in English are required by the Department.  At least two referees must have taught you in a senior undergraduate or graduate course.  Applicants to the Ph.D. program should request a letter of recommendation from their M.A thesis supervisor. To be considered official, a hard-copy letter (a letter of recommendation on university letterhead and signed by your referee) or the Reference form must arrive at the graduate office in a sealed envelope from the university with the referee’s signature over the seal.  Please note that the Department accepts electronic submission of letters of reference.

Writing sample
An essay or writing sample in French or Spanish that you have submitted recently in a course or a chapter of your M.A. thesis if it is written in French or Spanish should be provided.

Statement of intention
Applicants are required to include a brief statement of their academic and/or professional goals and how these align with the graduate program to which they are applying.

Doctoral research project

Applicants to the PhD program in French or Hispanic Studies are required to provide a one or two-page description of the doctoral research project that they hope to undertake.  The description, like the project itself, is in no way binding, but will give the admissions committee a more exact sense of your research interests.

Curriculum vitae or resume

Applicants are required to submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing their academic and work history as well as relevant experiences such as courses, presentations, publications and volunteer work.

English Language Proficiency Score (if applicable)
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency is required for application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. One of the following tests of English proficiency is acceptable:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

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