French - M.A.

French - M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in French provides an advanced education in French, which integrates the language, linguistics, literature and culture of France and the latest methodologies in the teaching of French.

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Program Description

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The Master of Arts degree in French provides an advanced education in French, which integrates the language, linguistics, literature and culture of France and the latest methodologies in the teaching of French.

The French major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration is intended primarily for (1) licensed, in-service pre-K-12 French teachers who wish to continue their professional development, advancing their knowledge of the French language, literature and culture and language-teaching practices, and (2) students interested in teaching French in college and university settings. This program does not lead to teaching licensure.
  • The Literature concentration is intended for those who wish to increase their knowledge of literature and culture along with their command of the language.

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

Applications to the Literature concentration are not being accepted at this time.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • CD or MP3/wav file with a 5-10-minute oral sample in the applicant's first and second languages (conversational, not read from a script)
  • Writing sample(s) in the applicant's second language, which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation. International applicants should also submit a writing sample in English
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: January 1
      Applications submitted by this deadline will receive the strongest consideration for admission.
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Communicate in French at advanced-mid or higher proficiency level as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview Test and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test.
  2. Demonstrate skills in the analysis of French culture, literature and language.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to carry out and present research projects in their respective concentration areas.
  4. Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in their respective concentration areas.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
Choose from the following:27-30
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33-36

Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
Second Language Courses12
Second Language Pedagogy Courses9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30

Students who are already licensed to teach language in Ohio may, with departmental approval, substitute a graduate second-language pedagogy elective for MCLS 50660.

Literature Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
FR 63199THESIS I 6
Drama Elective3
Poetry Elective3
Prose Elective3
French Literature, Culture and Language Electives 112
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27

A maximum 6 credit hours of individual investigation research may be applied toward the degree.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000
  • Students in the Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy concentration must successfully complete a final project, a portfolio or a comprehensive examination. In addition, students complete an exit oral interview and an exit essay examination in French. Students are encouraged to enroll in study-abroad courses (maximum 6 credit hours) and in specialized workshops in advanced language or pedagogy (maximum 4 credit hours). Departmental permission must be obtained before enrolling in such courses.
  • Students in the Literature concentration must complete a comprehensive examination.
  • No more than one-half of a graduate student’s coursework may be taken in 50000-level courses.
  • Grades below C are not counted toward completion of requirements for the degree.
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Applications to the Literature concentration are not being accepted at this time.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary


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Interpreters and translators


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Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education


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Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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