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French and Francophone Studies (MA)

You will study French and Francophone literature, language and culture in our MA program, with an option to do a concentration in Cultural, Social & Political Thought (CSPT).

Faculty specialities include French, Quebec, French-Canadian, African and Caribbean literatures, culture and theory, cinema, theatre, Indigenous literatures, creative writing, research-creation, queer theories, digital humanities and theoretical and applied linguistics.

You will take courses in research methods and professional practices and develop a close-knit cohort. Choose a project-based or a thesis option.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
1-2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students who graduate from our MA program can find employment in a variety of fields, for example:

  • education: K-12 teachers/instructors (with the proper credentials), post-secondary education, continuing studies, etc.
  • translation/interpretation
  • linguistics, copyediting, professional writing
  • creative writing, media writing
  • communications
  • cultural programming
  • publishing
  • entrepreneurship
  • public service (all levels of government)
  • foreign services
  • human resources
  • immigration/intelligence services
  • international project coordination
  • legal professional
  • libraries and archives
  • marketing
  • program management
  • student services

Find a supervisor

It is not necessary to identify a potential supervisor in your application but you are welcome to explore the research interests of our faculty members before applying.

Catherine Caws

Professor, Undergraduate and Honours Adviser French applied linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), lexicology

Catherine Léger

Associate Professor Syntax, semantics, contact linguistics, French in North America.

Emile Fromet de Rosnay

Assistant Professor, Acting Chair 19th to 20th Century French and comparative literature, Romanticism, modernist poetics; post-Enlightenment and posthumanist philosophy; research-creation.

Hélène Cazes

Professor Literatures and cultures (France), Editorial Mediations, Comics, Humanism, Gender and Medicine.

Moustapha Fall

Associate Teaching Professor Second Language Acquisition and Language Theory, Francophone Literary Theory

Mylène Dorcé

Assistant Professor Insular Francophone Literatures (Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean); Francophone African Literatures (Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa); Québécois Migrant Literature; First Person Narratives; Postcolonial, decolonial and transnational theories; Feminist Theories and Praxis; Women Writers

Pierre-Luc Landry

Assistant Professor, Graduate Adviser Cultural studies; Québécois and French literature and culture; Indigenous literature and culture; Creative writing; Research-creation; Queer theories; Children’s literature; Contemporary Cultural, Social and Political Thought

Sara Harvey

Associate Professor Media Archaeology [theatre and press] (17th and 18th centuries), Dramatic criticism in the press (17th and 18th centuries), History, repertoire and theatrical life at the Comédie-Française (18th century), Auctoriality (17th-18th centuries), Theatrical archives, historiography and new technologies, Critical digital humanities, Ecodramaturgy of early modern performances (16th-18th centuries).

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Application deadlines

September entry – apply by May 31

UVic Fellowship consideration – apply by February 1

September entry – apply by May 31

UVic Fellowship consideration – apply by February 1

Admission requirements

Completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of 15 units of senior undergraduate course work in French.
Completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of 15 units of senior undergraduate course work in French.

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Contact Genevieve Arsenault at or 250-721-7364.

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