The Department of European Studies, in the College of Arts and Letters, offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts degree in French.
We have a state of the art research library. In addition, SDSU houses a federally-funded National Language Resource Centers, which conduct research and dissemination projects in all areas of language and culture.
An MA degree earned in the program can provide students with university-level teaching experience and access to community college level teaching positions.
Students who earn an MA in French at SDSU may also continue on to a Ph.D. program or pursue a variety of careers in areas where knowledge of French language and culture are necessary.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirement that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE is suspended for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle.
The student must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified standing, as described in Part Two of this bulletin. In addition, the student must satisfy the following requirements: (1) an undergraduate major in French, or its equivalent, including 30 upper division units, at least six units of which must be in a survey course in French literature; (2) a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in all upper division French courses; (3) a minimum score of 500 on the verbal section and 450 on the quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at the CAL State Apply site along with the application fee.
All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Department of European Studies.
The following materials should be submitted as a complete package directly to:
Graduate Admissions Enrollment Services
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 92182-7416
- Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all postsecondary institutions attended;
Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
- Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirement that applicants for graduate study at
SDSU submit scores for the GRE is suspended for the Fall 2022 admissions cycle. GRE scores (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682);
- English language score, if medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).
Department of European Studies
The following materials should be mailed or delivered to:
Department of European Studies (Attention: Graduate Adviser) San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7704
- Three letters of recommendation from professors, at least two of which should be from
professors of French at the institution where the degree was granted (in sealed and
- A writing sample (your best paper written in French, preferably for a literature class);
- The filled out graduate teaching assistant application form if you are interested in teaching French in the program). The graduate teaching assistant form should be requested from the graduate adviser for the M.A. in French before the application deadline.
Deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is March 1, 2022 with priority given to students who complete the online application process by February 15, 2022.
Interested applicants should contact the Graduate Advisor, Professor Anne Donadey before applying.
For all general information regarding graduate admission requirements: Graduate Admissions.
Information subject to change or error. For most accurate information, please see the SDSU graduate bulletin for a full list of requirements.
See our courses page for more information. Related graduate level courses in other departments may be taken for a total of six units credit with prior approval of the graduate adviser.