French and Romance Philology

Program Category: 
M.A. Programs
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Director of Graduate Studies: 
Pierre Force

M.A. Degree Program in French and Romance Philology at Columbia: Full-Time/Part-Time

Degree Program in Paris: M.A. in History and Literature

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 twentieth-century literature and intellectual history. Approximately fifty 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.

Our student body is remarkably international: in addition to the U.S. and Canada, recent students have come from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Switzerland.

Students in the department have the special benefit of the Maison Française of Columbia University.  The Maison Française is the oldest French cultural center established on an American university campus.  With its library and cuisine, it is the social center of the department.  Its rich program of lectures, conferences, movie showings, and informal discussions makes the Maison a meeting place for students, scholars, business leaders, policy-makers and all persons seeking a better understanding of the French-speaking world.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

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; training in Latin; and preparation in another Romance language are recommended for applicants to both the Ph.D. and the free-standing M.A. programs.

In addition to the stated requirements, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.) and three letters of recommendation from academic sources.

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.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: 
Friday, January 6, 2017
Deadline for Spring: 
Friday, November 18, 2016
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Degree Programs: 
Full Time

Writing Sample: Students must submit two writing samples: one in English and one in French.