M.A. in French (Information for Applicants)

The MA in French at San Francisco State has been temporarily suspended in preparation for the launch of a new, fully-online MA. For this reason, we are not able to accept new students. If you are interested a fully online MA, please email the graduate coordinator, Anne Linton (aelinton@sfsu.edu) so that we know to reach out to you with more information.

The Master of Arts program in French at SFSU is primarily focused on the study of literature and culture, from the Middles Ages to the 20th century. Our objective is to offer interesting and challenging courses, based on original research and the specialized fields of the French faculty, to teach and inspire students to do graduate work while developing their knowledge of French and Francophone literature and culture.

All graduate courses are conducted in French. Students are expected to use French in all their work, including their Master’s thesis (if they choose this option). We offer a variety of courses on periods, genres and themes. Courses are rotated and renewed over a period of two to three years. Students are required to take courses covering five different periods/areas from the Middles Ages to the 20th century among the seven offered.

We usually hire up to two graduate students per semester as teaching associates for first- and second-semester French (normally for a maximum of two semesters). Applications for such positions are made after the first semester of graduate study.

It generally takes two years to complete all the requirements for the M.A. program in French, but it may take more time, according to work schedules or other considerations, especially if one chooses the Master’s thesis to complete his/her culminating experience. A maximum of seven years is allowed.



  1. You need first to apply to the Division of Graduate Studies. To be eligible as a graduate student at S.F.S.U, you need to have at least a 3.0 GPA in your last 60 units and have earned a B.A. or equivalent 4-year post-secondary degree. Information about procedures and deadlines for application can be found at: http:/grad.sfsu.edu. Please read carefully the information given on this site. The application itself has to be made online and all materials required by the Division of Graduate Studies should be uploaded. Documents to be uploaded may include statements of purpose, unofficial transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, CV/resume, writing samples, and other required documention. International students may also need to upload English language testing scores. After you have submitted your online application, you will be issued a Student Identification Number and a Password, using which you can access your application file online and check the status of your application. Be sure to log in and check on your status frequently, to see if your application materials have arrived and to see if you are missing any documentation. When all of the documents required by the Division of Graduate Studies have been received, your file will be sent to the French Program for Department Review. For information on financial aid, contract the Financial Aid Office, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 (Phone: 415-338-7000; Email: finaid@sfsu.edu; Web site: http://www.sfsu.edu/~finaid). Please note that international students are NOT eligible for financial aid.
  2. In addition to documents uploaded into the online application system, the following documents (hard copies) need to be sent directly to the French Graduate Adviser:
  • two letters of recommendation
  • It is also recommended to send to the French Graduate Adviser an unofficial copy of your transcripts, your 500 word statement of purpose in English alongside with the same or a similar statement in French, a sample of your written work in French (such as a literary dissertation), a short CV including your contact information (such as email/ phone/ address), and a copy of the application you sent to the Division of Graduates Studies.

3. Finally, you need to make an appointment for a short oral interview in French (in person or by phone). Contact Professor Anne Linton (aelinton@sfsu.edu or 415-338-6061)

All materials required by the French Program should be sent to:

French Graduate Adviser (Professor Anne Linton)
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, HUM 475
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

If you do not have a French B.A., you will need to discuss your eligibility for the French M.A. Program with the Graduate Adviser, to determine what remedial work you may have to do before being admitted to the M.A. Program, or concurrent with your M.A. studies. Typically, such students are conditionally admitted to the program.

Faculty on the Program Graduate Admissions Committee meet soon after the priority deadlines (April 1 for Fall admission, November 1 for Spring admission) to consider applications. Applications received after the priority deadlines (April 1 to August 15 for Fall, November 1 to January 15 for Spring) will be considered on a rolling basis until program slots are full. Also check http:/grad.sfsu.edu/program-deadline for degree program deadlines.