French and Romance Philology

Program Category: MA Programs
Chair: Madeline Dobie
Director of Graduate Studies: Madeline Dobie
M.A. Degree Program in French and Romance Philology at Columbia: Full-Time/Part-Time
Degree Program in Paris: MA in History and Literature

The Department of French and Romance Philology is a thriving point of contact between American, European, and African scholarship in the field of French and Francophone literature and cultures. The faculty currently comprises ten professors whose specialties range from medieval literature and culture to twentieth and twenty-first century literature and intellectual history. Approximately thirty graduate students are currently studying French at Columbia, completing rigorous and comprehensive training in literary and cultural history and theory before specializing in one area of research.

Our student body is remarkably international: in addition to the US and Canada, recent students have come from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Students in the department have the special benefit of the Maison Française of Columbia University. The Maison Française is the oldest French cultural center established on an American university campus. With its library and cuisine, it is the social center of the department. Its rich program of lectures, conferences, movie showings, and informal discussions makes the Maison a meeting place for students, scholars, business leaders, policy-makers, and all persons seeking a better understanding of the French-speaking world.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

Skill in reading, writing, and speaking French; a general knowledge of the literature of the French speaking world; ability to write clear and literate English.

In addition to the stated requirements, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample (a course paper, term paper, etc.), and three letters of recommendation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes (2: one in English and one in French)
Writing Sample Number of Pages: 10-15 
GRE General: No
Degree Programs: Full Time
Letters of Recommendation:  3