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French and Romance Philology Graduate Studies

The Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University has a long history of cutting edge scholarship. Its graduate program continually ranks among the very top in the nation and incoming graduate students are selected from the best in the country and around the world. As a consequence, admission into the Department is extremely competitive. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for a career in productive scholarship. Students undergo rigorous and comprehensive training in literary and cultural history and theory before specializing in one area of research.

Graduate Degree Programs

M.A. in French, New York (Free-Standing)

M.A. in French Cultural Studies, Reid Hall, Paris (Free-Standing)

M.A. in History and Literature, Reid Hall, Paris (Free-Standing)

Ph.D. in French (sequential M.A. / M.Phil. / Ph.D.)

Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature (sequential)

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M.A. in French (New York)
Application Requirements

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.

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
  • CV or résumé
  • 2 writing samples (one in English and one in French, 10 to 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.

Degree Requirements: Free-standing M.A. in French (New York)
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M.A. in French Cultural Studies (Reid Hall, Paris)

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.
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M.A. in History and Literature (Reid Hall, Paris)

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.
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Ph.D. in French (sequential)
Application Requirements

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.

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
  • CV or résumé
  • 2 writing samples (one in English and one in French, 10 to 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.

Degree Requirements: Ph.D. in French (sequential)
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Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature (sequential)
Application Requirements

  • Students interested in applying for admission into this program should apply through the French Department, indicating they wish to pursue the Comparative Literature option.

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.

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • 3 letters of evaluation from academic sources
  • CV or résumé
  • 2 writing samples (one in English and one in French, 10 to 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.

Note: all application requirements for the Ph.D. in French apply to the Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature. Please visit the ICLS web site and consult the GSAS bulletin for complete details on admission and requirements.

Degree Requirements: Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature (sequential)
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