French, M.A.

The French M.A. program is in the heart of Atlanta, known for its vibrant Francophone cultures and home to several French companies. The program supports students’ professional and career needs through a distinctive modern and contemporary Francophone curriculum focused on business, intercultural, intercommunicative, humanitarian, literary and pedagogical domains.

The program offers a comprehensive schedule with M.A. courses offered Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., which puts our graduate students on track to complete their degree in 2 years. We also offer Graduate Teaching Assistantships (with a full tuition waiver).

Our innovative approaches to teaching and learning provide interdisciplinary and comparative studies: from languages to culture, literature, the visual arts (such as film or the media), sociolinguistics, technology-enhanced learning and other disciplines. Students explore issues of identity, diversity, transnationalism and immigration with disciplines such as law, history and political science, as well as other literatures and cultures.

Our students learn by doing and making in courses that engage them in their learning. Our graduate students are called to positively affect their local and global communities thanks to a curriculum that incorporates opportunities for:

  • Workshops (led by prominent Francophone artists, activists and scholars)
  • Internships and externships
  • Practicum
  • Graduate Research Assistantship with professors

Students who participate in our Francophone study abroad and exchange programs (to Africa, France, and the French Caribbean) are also exposed to unique outreach, service, and experiential learning opportunities such as externships and internships with nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, and local businesses.


French, M.A.

College of Arts & Sciences


Curriculum Information

Non-Thesis Option:

  • Thirty credit hours of courses
  • A research paper
  • A final master’s portfolio
  • An oral exit interview
  • Proficiency in a world language other than the student’s major

Thesis Option:

  • Twenty-four credit hours of courses
  • A written thesis proposal
  • Six hours of thesis research
  • A thesis
  • A final master’s portfolio
  • An oral exit interview
  • Proficiency in a world language other than the student’s major

Our Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA-As and GTA-Bs) receive a full tuition waiver. We have two types of assistantships:

The First Year: A GTA-A is a graduate student with an assistantship who has not yet completed 18 credit hours toward graduation.  As a first-year graduate student, a GTA-A will receive a stipend of up to $3,000 per semester and for up to two consecutive semesters. The stipend is divided into eight equal payments for a commitment of 12 hours of tutoring per week. GTA-As are expected to complete 18 hours toward graduation in the M.A. program by the end of three semesters (summer included) and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to upgrade to GTA-B status.

The Second Year: A GTA-B is a graduate student with an assistantship who has completed 18 credit hours toward graduation and who is eligible to teach language courses during the second year of their M.A. program. If approved, the stipend will increase to $3,000 per class taught (two to three courses total to be taught in the second year based on program needs). Failure to upgrade to GTA-B status could result in non-renewal of the assistantship.

The assistantship requires daytime availability to tutor in our language lab the first year and to teach languages courses largely offered between 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. during the second year.

At the end of their French M.A. program, students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ability in research and/or data collecting
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in field and the ability to analyze primary material
  • Use concepts/theory in the field to: describe, explain, evaluate and generate new ideas
  • Demonstrate appropriate literary, artistic, linguistic, historical and cultural knowledge
  • Defend a thesis/argument with textual evidence and secondary sources
  • Demonstrate communicative competence in written language
  • Demonstrate communicative competence in oral language
  • Demonstrate superior use of grammar or spelling

Through an emphasis on language, literature and culture, our program fosters communicative abilities, intercultural competence and global awareness. The interdisciplinary focus of the faculty enhances graduate education by encouraging alternate cultural perspectives that complement such areas of study as Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Law, Education and the Humanities among others.

Our program is a gateway for students to internationalize their degree in a way that will not only help them better understand a globalized society but will also make them more competitive for career opportunities as they enter a global economy. We offer students real world opportunities to combine and apply language abilities, cultural knowledge, and career skills.