French Studies

Why French Studies @ Memorial?

The MA in French Studies specializes in the study of the French language as well as francophone culture and literatures all around the world. Our program focuses on literary history, criticism, and theory, which provide an excellent foundation for furthering French studies in a PhD program in any high profile university in Canada and abroad. The Department does its very best to tailor student programs based on their individual areas of interest for study and research. The Department has been expanding its interest areas to include a wide range of specializations, from the study of classic literatures to francophone cultures, translation studies, French Newfoundland Studies, and language acquisition. Potential candidates for the program will receive guidance and supervision from highly qualified and competent researchers and professors. Students may also have the opportunity to teach first year French courses – an invaluable university teaching experience!

Description of program

  • MA – The MA in French Studies may take the form of the study of the French language or of francophone literature, including the study of literary history, criticism, or theory. It may also include the study of French language cinema or of other aspects of francophone civilization. The program involves courses and a thesis, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to connect with a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study

Potential career options and outcomes

Education (translation, research, teaching, library work, graduate studies in Education, French, German, Russian, and Spanish), business and industry (banking, journalism, export/import, advertising, publishing), social work (police work, hospitals, courts), government services (customs, civil service, external affairs, immigration), travel (interpreter, restaurants, airlines), the arts (museum and art curator, critic, stage director, cinema, translator)


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Program Information
Degrees Offered:




Duration (Full-time students):

MA: 2 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 31 for Fall admission
May 31 for Winter admission

Tuition (NL students):

MA: $635-$953/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MA: $826-$1,239/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA: $1,074-$1,611/semester

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