The French Master’s program at UHM combines the study of language and literature with other forms of expressive culture in French-speaking regions of Europe, the New World, the Pacific Basin, and Africa. Students can also extend their competence by taking courses in languages outside their area of concentration. On completing the Master of Arts degree, students will be able to demonstrate mastery of French and Francophone literature, language, translation, cultural studies, and films that focus on France and the Francophone world.

Graduate students are offered the following opportunities: an MA degree; graduate teaching assistantships on a competitive basis; preparation for a PhD program and a career in teaching. The combined emphasis on both learning and teaching produces a steady flow of talented and dedicated teachers for Hawai‘i’s schools. Former students have found careers as well in government and foreign service; editing, publishing, and translation; law, business, and international banking; fashion, the arts, and travel industry.

Master’s Degree in French

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants must have the following:

1. A major or its equivalent in French with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B); applicants should also have taken a course in French phonetics;

2. An acceptable accent and fluency.

Applicants with minor deficiencies may be accepted pro­visionally, but coursework taken to make up deficiencies may not be counted toward satisfaction of the degree requirements. Applicants accepted provisionally are expected to complete any deficiencies by the end of the first year of study.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to satisfy the remaining specific requirements and to pass the comprehensive examinations in their area of concentration.

Students who select Plan A (thesis) in their area of concen­tration must present a thesis proposal, including justification of the topic and a bibliography, for approval by the thesis direc­tor and two members of the thesis committee before the end of the second semester of work. The completed thesis must be presented to the thesis committee at least four weeks before the Graduate Division deadline. The Graduate Division requires all theses to be written in English.

French Requirements

Candidates in French may select Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Candidates in both plans are required to take 30 credit hours. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned in cours­es numbered 600 and above, including 15 credits in French and at least one graduate seminar. All candidates must take either FR 409 or FR 661. Up to 6 credit hours of LLEA 600-level courses may also be included, in which candidates in French are expected, whenever possible, to read French language texts in the original. Candidates selecting Plan A (thesis) must complete 6 credit hours of LLEA 700 (Thesis Research). All candidates must pass a final comprehensive examination, covering the major periods and genres of French literature and including the history of the language. A program for each candidate will be worked out based on the results of the preliminary conference with the French graduate advisor.

Graduate Assistantship

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship, you must be admitted to our Master’s Program. Please click on Graduate Application to go to the Office of Graduate Education: Graduate Application

You must have Acrobat Reader to open the form fillable Graduate Assistantship Application. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free. Adobe Reader

For the Graduate Assistantship application, click on the link below. Fill out the form, and upload it at the Office of Graduate Education Supplemental Documents Upload site. For information on how to use the site, please click the link:

Please request a letter of recommendation from three references. You may submit your request for recommendations directly from the Office of Graduate Education Admission site.


If you need further information regarding our program, please contact the following advisors:

Division Advisor Phone No. Office E-mail Address
French Dr. Marie Christine Garneau
(808) 956‑4180 Moore 460

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