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Master of Arts

The French graduate program, with its breadth of topics in literature and linguistics, offers an interdisciplinary curriculum. The linguistics component consists of the study of a variety of linguistic theories and their specific application to the analysis of French. The literature option includes a comprehensive genre- and period-oriented set of courses. Since a major goal of all students enrolled in a French program is mastery of the language, courses in the Department of French are given in French.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the university admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Admission requires a sound background in French literature or French linguistics, as well as good command of both oral and written French. Candidates lacking these must remedy the deficiency before admission is granted through satisfactory completion of one or two terms as a qualifying student. Students are also expected to demonstrate a university-level knowledge of English.

Program Requirements

This program has two options, consisting of course work and two extended essays, for a minimum of 30 graduate units, or course work and a thesis for a minimum of 33 graduate units. Students should consult their supervisors when selecting elective course work.

Students must complete

nine units from their chosen concentration in either French linguistics or literature

and requirements from either a thesis or extended essays option

Extended Essays

15 units of graduate course work

and extended essays

FREN 998 - Extended Essays (6)

Extended Essays. A minimum B grade is required for FREN 998.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

Thesis Option

FREN 803 - Research Methods in French Linguistics and/or French Literature (3)

The study of research methods and tools used in French linguistics and/or French literature. Planning a long term research project.

and three additional units from their chosen concentration in either French linguistics or literature

and a thesis proposal

FREN 896 - Thesis Proposal (0)

Thesis Proposal. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

and a thesis

FREN 898 - MA Thesis (18)

Please see Graduate Studies Chair for details about this course offering. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

Accelerated Master's

SFU students accepted in the accelerated master’s within the Department of French may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor’s degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to:

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.

Other Information

Course Work

Elective course work should be selected in consultation with the supervisor.


Upon admission, each student will be assigned a temporary supervisor. By the time of enrollment in their second term, students must declare their MA option and confirm their supervisor. Required course work, thesis proposal, and other requirements are approved by the graduate chair.

Thesis Proposal and Thesis

Students in the thesis option are required to submit the thesis proposal no later than one term following the completion of their course work. The examination of the proposal consists of an oral presentation before the student's supervisory committee. Students must receive a grade of Complete (CO) in order to proceed with writing their thesis. The thesis itself is expected to be 70-90 pages.

Extended Essay

In the extended essays option, the two extended essays are evaluated by instructors in courses previously taken by the student. Each extended essay must be a minimum 25 pages in length. The essays must be submitted no later than one term following the completion of coursework. A minimum grade of B is required for successful completion. Essays can be revised and resubmitted until a minimum B grade is reached. Extended essays need not be submitted to SFU Library.

Language Requirement

Students are normally expected to write the extended essay or thesis in French. Under special circumstances and with the approval of the supervisor, this work may be written in English.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.