French Studies
2017 Programs, Requirements and Deadlines


Web: ifs.as.nyu.edu
Email: institute.french@nyu.edu


Degrees and Fields of Study

Joint Ph.D.
  • French Studies/French
  • French Studies/History
M.A.
  • French Studies
Joint M.A.
  • French Studies/Journalism
Advanced Certificate
  • French Studies
M.A.-M.B.A. (Dual Degree)
  • French Studies/Business Administration
M.A.-J.D. (Dual Degree)
  • French Studies/Law

Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.


Application Deadlines

Joint Ph.D. Applications

  • December 18: Recommended date, fall only admission
  • January 4: Final deadline date, fall only admission

Master’s Applications (except M.A.-M.B.A. in French Studies/Business Administration)

  • February 7, fall only admission

Master's Applications to M.A.-M.B.A. in French Studies/Business Administration

  • December 15, fall only admission

Late master’s applications may be considered. Please email the Director of Graduate Studies in French Studies before applying.

All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.


Program-Specific Application Requirements for French Studies

All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and the application fee. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application for full details. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:

GRE and TOEFL or IELTS: GRE general test required. Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score requirements.

Statement of Academic Purpose (All programs except Joint M.A. in French Studies/Journalism): In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

Statement of Academic Purpose (Joint M.A. in French Studies/Journalism): In addition to the Statement of Academic Purpose instructions above, Journalism requires applicants to write a personal essay. The essay is an extremely important part of the application, so treat it accordingly. The essay should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length. In addition, all applicants must submit at least three samples of their work, whether published or not.

The goal of the essay is to give the Admissions Committee a concrete sense of who you are as someone who aspires to a career as a professional journalist, writing and reporting for print, online or broadcast media. It should address the following questions: What do you expect to get from the program? What aspects of your experience are most relevant to your interest in journalism? Tell us about your background--your academic degree, intellectual interests, work experience, life experience, and other sources of inspiration--and explain how this background informs what you want to do as a journalist.

Applicants should also describe their existing "body of work" as a journalist, critic or just someone who writes. We are mostly interested in published work, but if you have yet to break into print, then tell us what kind of writing you have done. What have been your major themes? What issues and phenomena most engage you? What publications do you read regularly and why? Which journalists do you admire, which do you dislike, and which have influenced you?

Please append to your essay a brief statement of your plans for financing your graduate work. This statement must be included, whether or not you are applying for financial aid.

Writing Sample (All Applicants): A writing sample is required. It should be limited to 25 double-spaced pages, perhaps drawing from a larger work. For the joint Ph.D. in French and French Studies, it should be written in French. For all other programs, it may be written in French or English. It may be a term paper, essay or publication that demonstrates your capacity to conduct research and/or social historical, political, cultural, or literary analysis. It need not have been published.

Writing Sample (Joint M.A. in French Studies/Journalism): In addition to the writing sample described above for all applicants, three additional writing samples are required for Journalism. The writing samples need not have been published, although if you have clips you are proud of, please do submit them. The samples should represent your best overall work and your aptitude for journalism. Clips from your college newspaper, personal essays, academic research papers, and short fiction are all acceptable.

Dual-Degree Applicants: Dual-degree applicants must also apply to the Stern School of Business or the School of Law.


The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.

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Updated on 09/23/2016