Admissions: the Free-Standing M.A.s
High proficiency in reading, writing and speaking of French and English is expected, as well as a general knowledge of French literature. In addition to the Graduate School's requirements, all students must submit the following:
- A Statement of Academic Purpose,
- Three (3) letters of evaluation from academic sources,
- A CV or résumé,
- A 10-15 page writing sample,
- A writing sample showing proficiency in French (also 10-15 pages),
- GRE scores.
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.
Students may attend full-time or part-time; part-time students must complete all requirements for the free-standing M.A. degree within four years. Students in the free-standing M.A. program may apply for admissions to the Ph.D. program, but their applications are reviewed together with all other current applications to the Ph.D. program.
The M.A. in French Cultural studies is offered through Reid Hall, Columbia's Paris campus. It focuses on the contemporary civilization of France and the French-speaking world. For admissions information, click here.
The M.A. in History and Literature is offered through Reid Hall, Columbia's Paris campus. It trains students in historical approaches to the study of literature and in the interpretation of texts for the study of history. The degree is taught in cooperation with EHESS and ENS. For admissions information, click here.