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.


A test of English is required for international students. GRE scores are required for American applicants to the French MA and PhD programs and are optional for applicants to the Italian MA program. While our department does not require a specific score for admission, high scores will be advantageous in later applications for fellowships.


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 enroute.

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.