French Graduate

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About the program
Degree Programs
Admissions Information
Information for International Graduate Students


About the program

The University of Maryland is a large and diverse campus located in College Park, about eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and some 23 miles from Baltimore. It is in the heart of one of the nation's richest and most varied areas in terms of accessibility to art, music, drama, historical landmarks, embassies and international cinemas. Graduate students in our French program are drawn from all over the United States and from many foreign countries.

Our French graduate program furthers advanced studies in French and Francophone literatures, cinema, cultures, and societies. Faculty expertise encompasses all historical periods from the sixteenth century to the present.

Degree Programs

M.A. Programs:
The M.A. program is designed to provide the foundations of the discipline at the graduate level. For details, click here.

Ph.D Program:
The Ph.D. in Modern French Studies encompasses the sixteenth century to the present. The composition of the Graduate Faculty makes it possible for students to specialize in a wide variety of areas in French language, literature, and culture. The department is part of a larger School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures that encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary scholarship, particularly in Film Studies and in Cultural Studies. For details, click here.

Admissions Information

Application deadline: January 15th


Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions about the MA Program ( and about the PHD program (

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials must be submitted electronically:

·       Graduate application

·       Transcripts

·       Statement of purpose

·       Letters of recommendation

·       Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)

·       Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

 Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School (

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Brandie Shackelford, Student Affairs Coordinator