Master of Arts - French Studies

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The MA in French Studies focuses on the French language as well as francophone culture and literatures from around the world. Our programme emphasises literary history, criticism, and theory, which give an excellent foundation for completing French studies in a PhD programme at any prestigious university in Canada or abroad. The Department makes every effort to tailor student curricula to their specific areas of study and research interest. The Department's interests have broadened to encompass a wide range of specialisations, ranging from classic literary studies to francophone cultures, translation studies, French Newfoundland Studies, and language learning. Potential programme participants will be guided and supervised by highly skilled and competent researchers and academics. Students may also be eligible to teach first-year French courses, which is invaluable university teaching experience!

The MA in French Studies might include studies of the French language or francophone literature, as well as literary history, criticism, or theory. It may also entail research into French language film or other areas of francophone culture. The curriculum consists of courses and a thesis that can be finished in two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Literary Methodology and Theory I
  • Literary Methodology and Theory II

Historiographical, Genetic, Thematic, Hermeneutical or other historical or critical approaches to French Studies

  • Genetic Criticism and Exegesis
  • History of the French Language

Psychoanalytical, Ethnological or Anthropological approaches to French Studies

  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Mythocriticism
  • Personal/Intimate Literature

Sociological or Socio-historical approaches to French Studies

  • History, Society, Ideology and Texts
  • The Female Voice: Women's Writing and its Contribution to the Development of French and Francophone 
  • Texts
  • Paraliterature and Traditional Culture
  • Linguistic, Semiotic, Poetic, Rhetorical or Pragmatic approaches to French Studies
  • General Theory of the French Language
  • Grammar of the Text
  • Narratology
  • Genres and Discursive Forms

Other approaches to French Studies

  • Texts/Images/Sounds
  • Special Topics


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study
  • Statement of Interest (must be filled in French);
  • Official transcript;
  • Letters of appraisal (2);
  • Non-refundable application fee;
  • Proof of English proficiency;

Additional documents may be required to better assess the application (writing sample in French). An interview may also be required.

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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