Students applying for admission to the graduate program are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample, and an interview, either on campus or by telephone. Applicants are expected to hold a BA or MA (or equivalent degree) in French, Italian, or related field (though this is not a requirement and a degree in another field has in the past proven useful to graduate studies). 


International graduate applicants must possess proficiency in English at a level that enables them to succeed in graduate-level studies. We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with a score of at least 22 in each of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading, and writing) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections).

Students that received a bachelor or advanced degree from the USA or an English-speaking country are exempt from the requirement. Please contact the Graduate Administrator with questions about exemptions.

GRE scores are not required and are not taken into account in admissions or funding decisions. 


All applicants to the graduate program are considered for departmental funding as teaching assistants or for Arts and Sciences fellowships. There is no separate application for such funding. For the French Program, priority for funding will be given to students applying to the PhD and PhD with MA en route.

Our current PhD students in French also have the opportunity to apply for A&S Summer Research Fellowships, which allow the student to conduct research abroad. Students are encouraged to apply for these fellowships during the spring semester.

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For more information, visit the Office of Admissions.