Degrees and Fields of Study
- French Studies/Anthropology
- French Studies/French
- French Studies/History
- French Studies/Journalism
M.A. and Advanced Certificate (Dual Degree)
- French Studies/Digital Humanities
M.A.-J.D. (Dual Degree)
Our Ph.D. programs will not be accepting admissions applications in fall 2021. The department is instead devoting its resources to supporting continuing students whose research and academic progress have been impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will begin offering admission again in fall 2022. Our master's and advanced certificate programs are open and will be accepting applications for fall 2021. Please see the departmental website for more information.
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.
Joint Ph.D. Applications in French Studies/Anthropology
- December 18: Final deadline date, fall only admission
Joint Ph.D. Applications in French Studies/French and French Studies/History
- December 18: Recommended date, fall only admission
- January 4: Final deadline date, fall only admission
Master’s and Dual-Degree Applications
- February 7, 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.
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 (if required), letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and an application fee. Applicants also have the option of providing a short Personal History essay. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE for Ph.D. Applicants: GRE general test not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
GRE for M.A. Applicants to French Studies and Dual Degree Applicants: GRE general test not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
GRE for Joint M.A. Applicants to French Studies/Journalism: The GRE general test requirement is suspended for spring and fall 2021 due to COVID-19. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee. In subsequent terms, the general test is required.
TOEFL or IELTS: 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 (Joint Ph.D. in French Studies/Anthropology): The Statement of Academic Purpose should offer a clear sense of your training in anthropology, French Studies or related fields, your strengths as a scholar, and the reasons you are applying for the doctoral degree. It should refrain from lengthy personal anecdotes. While applicants need not indicate a precise dissertation topic, it will be helpful to the admissions committee to have a sense of their main area(s) of topical and geographic interest and the critical theoretical questions and/or conversations that drive their interest in pursuing the degree. Finally, applicants should address their particular reasons for wanting to work within the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of French Studies at New York University. The statement may not be more than 1,500 words.
Statement of Academic Purpose (All programs except French Studies/Anthropology and 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 (Joint Ph.D. in French Studies/Anthropology): A writing sample is required. It may be a term paper, excerpt from an undergraduate or graduate thesis, or other example of academic writing, preferably with some relevance to French Studies and anthropological analysis. It must be written in English. It should be double-spaced and not exceed 35 pages, including all images, notes and bibliography.
Writing Sample (All other programs except French Studies/Anthropology and Joint M.A. in French Studies/Journalism): 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 M.A.-J.D. applicants must also apply to 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.
Last updated September 16, 2020.
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