The Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program in French


Deadlines to apply for Fall Admission, February 1, for Spring Admission, October 1.

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in French a student must:

  • Hold a Master's degree (or equivalent) in French.
  • Have a 3.50 (on the 4.00 scale) on all graduate course work.
  • Students entering the program are encouraged to show evidence of residence in a French-speaking country.

The total number of hours required for the Ph.D. is ninety hours beyond the Bachelor's degree, including credit earned for the MA, if applicable to the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. degree in French requires sixty-one hours of course work in the major and nine hours of concentration in another field as approved by the student's committee.

Only graduate-level courses (4000/5000 level) preceded by a "G" in the General Course Catalog are applicable toward the Ph.D. major and concentration.

General Guidelines for the Ph.D. in French

A concentration consisting of nine hours of coursework as approved by the student's committee.

MLLL 5073, Contemporary Literary Criticism is recommended for students who started the program in the spring of 2014 or earlier; however, it is required for students who will start the program in the fall of 2014 or later.

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are required during their first year to enroll in MLLL 5813, Teaching Foreign Languages. GTAs who have already had this course or one similar to it may be exempted.

Before completion of the degree, students must demonstrate reading competency in a second language if they have not already done so during their MA programs. They may take the departmental Graduate Reading Exam or complete two semesters or ten hours in another language.
Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to maintain enrollment in a minimum of five credit hours of graduate-level courses per semester.

A general examination based on coursework and a reading list established in consultation with the student's committee members is required for the Ph.D.