*In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021. This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and the Department of French and Italian. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to optimally supporting our current students’ success and wellbeing.

If you seek to begin your graduate studies in the fall of 2021, we thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best in your endeavors. If you consider applying to our program for fall 2022, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Lina Insana (Italian) or David Pettersen (French). 


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 more information about graduate funding for programs in French, please visit this page.

Admission requirements for the:

For more information, visit the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Page

Note the $75 USD application fee.