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Degree Requirements


Financial Assistance







Orlando, Valerie, Full Member

Graduate Director

Frisch, Andrea, Full Member


Brami, Joseph, Full Member

Frisch, Andrea, Full Member

Mossman, Carol A., Full Member

Orlando, Valerie, Full Member

Associate Professor

Benharrech, Sarah, Full Member

Campangne, Herve Thomas, Full Member

Eades, Caroline M., Full Member

Falvo, Joseph D., Full Member

Scullen, Mary Ellen, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Baillargeon, Mercedes, Adjunct Member

Professor Emerita

Hage, Madeleine C., Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Verdaguer, Pierre M., Full Member

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French Studies (FRIT)   

Program Title and Classification

French Studies

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of French and Italian prepares students for the Master of Arts (FRIT) and Doctor of Philosophy (FRMS) degrees in French language, literature and culture. The research interests of the graduate faculty span the Renaissance to the present. For the doctoral program, consult the graduate catalog under FRMS, "Modern French Studies."

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample

All applicants are automatically considered for departmental Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan29 Sep
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Feb15 Sep

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

Thesis option:

Theory or history of ideas course (3 credits)

French linguistics course (3 credits)

Three culture/literature courses from three different periods (9 credits)

French studies courses (9 credits)

FREN 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

Theory or history of ideas course (3 credits)

French linguistics course (3 credits)

Three culture/literature courses from three different periods (9 credits)

French studies courses (15 credits)

Non-thesis students must also present a Qualifying Paper

Teaching Assistant Requirement

All Teaching Assistants are required to take SLLC 601: Teaching Foreign Languages in Higher Education for one credit. This course counts towards the total credits required.


The M.A. without thesis requires a minimum of 30 credits, of which at least 18 must be selected from courses numbered 600 or above. In lieu of a thesis, students must present a Qualifying Paper of between 25 and 30 pages in length as evidence of their ability to do independent research. The M.A. with thesis requires a minimum of 24 credits, of which not less than 12 must be selected from courses numbered 600 or above. A further six credits (thesis research/French 799) are required. The M.A. thesis committee consists of 2 faculty members in addition to the student's thesis director, who serves as chairperson. There is an oral examination on the thesis, which should be a minimum of 80 pages in length. (See department website for complete information)


Facilities and Special Resources

With a total student enrollment of over 35,000, the University of Maryland is supported in its academic endeavors by the University Libraries, a system of eight libraries and more than three million volumes. Other area research facilities include two of the world’s outstanding libraries: the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, both of which have extensive holdings in French. The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Women’s Studies Program, and the David C. Driskell Center For The Study of The Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and The African Diaspora, among other campus units, offer seminars, lectures, and symposia on a wide variety of topics relevant to graduate students in French.

Financial Assistance

Graduate applicants can request to be considered for Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships. Graduate Teaching Assistantships carry ten-month stipends for two years, plus remission of all fees (10 credits) other than those for registration and health facilities.

Contact Statement

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the department’s Web site at



Caroline Eades, Associate Professor & Graduate Director

Dept. of French and Italian University of Maryland 4210 Jimenez Hall

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4029

Fax: 301-314-9752


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