French MA: Admissions

We are not currently accepting applications to this program.

Applications to the MA program in French are considered throughout the academic year, with start dates in fall and spring. Prerequisites for admission include receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and advanced proficiency in French, demonstrated in most cases by completion of a BA in French or the equivalent.  Applicants who do not hold a BA in French or the equivalent by the program start date may be required to take preparatory course work to make up for any deficiencies.  With approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in French, up to six hours of graduate-level course work taken at another institution may be applied toward the degree.
Instructions to apply to the French MA program:
I. To be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS)

  • SIGS applicationand application fee.  (Be sure to read application directions carefully before beginning your application.)
  • Transcripts from all accredited institutions where undergraduate and/or graduate credit was earned.  Minimum undergraduate GPA required for direct admission: 3.0 on a four-point scale. Candidates with a 2.75-2.99 GPA will be considered, but admission, if recommended, will only be granted on a conditional basis. Please note that all University of Louisville transcripts will be submitted automatically with completion of an application for graduate study.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  Letters must be recent (written no more than a year prior to application date) and should attest to the applicants fluency in French and potential to do graduate work.  (Evaluators should mail their completed evaluation form (PDF) directly to SIGS.)
  • TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only).  Minimum required: 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test. Applicants holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

NOTE: While submission of GRE scores is not required for admission to the French MA program, students with an undergraduate GPA under 3.0 might consider submitting scores as a means of demonstrating their true potential for graduate study.  Minimum score required by other graduate programs at the University of Louisville: 900 (combined verbal and quantitative).

II. To be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies in French

  • A personal statement of 1-2 pages in French discussing how the MA in French relates to the applicants professional or personal goals.
  • A sample of academic writing of at least three pages, preferably a paper written as part of the requirements for a university-level course.  (May be in English or French.)

Mail statement and writing sample directly to:
Dr. Bonnie Fonseca Greber,
Director of Graduate Studies in French
Department of Classical and Modern Languages
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Important note
Applicants who wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship must submit a separate GTA application directly to the Department of Classical and Modern Languages by February 28 for the following academic year (starting in August).  Strongest consideration for GTAships will be given to candidates whose application to the French MA program is also completed by February 28.

Contact Dr. Bonnie Fonseca Greber, Director of Graduate Studies in French, bonnie.fonsecagreber (a)

For more information about the French MA Program, please contact:
Dr. Bonnie Fonseca Greber,
Director of Graduate Studies in French
bonnie.fonsecagreber (a)