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Focus your studies in French literature, language and culture. You will also have the option of doing a French MA with a concentration in Cultural, Social & Political Thought (CSPT) or another interdisciplinary program.

With help from an adviser, you will select a domain of specialization for a research project or thesis. Your degree will lead to different career options in Canada and abroad; it will give you a competitive edge across Canada and the French-speaking world.

Degree programs offered

In our MA, you will study French literature, language and culture. You can also 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. This program is dynamic and designed to foster a close-knit cohort. Choose a project-based option or a thesis option.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 1 year Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • French, Quebec, French-Canadian, African and Caribbean literatures
  • Culture and theory
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Indigenous literatures
  • Creative writing
  • Research-creation
  • Queer theories
  • Digital humanities
  • Theoretical and applied linguistics

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Catherine Caws

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

Hélène Cazes

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

Marc Lapprand

Professor, Transfer Credit Adviser Literary theory, aesthetics, modernism and avant-garde movements in French literature.

Moustapha Fall

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

Pierre-Luc Landry

Assistant Professor, Graduate Adviser Québécois and French literature and culture, Indigenous literature, Creative writing, Research-creation, Queer theories

Sada Niang

Professor, Arts and Co-op Adviser Linguistics, semantics, African and Caribbean literatures

Sara Harvey

Associate Professor, Honours Adviser Early modern period, history of literary critic and history of press, theatre, cultural history, digital humanities.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

Canadian and International students:

  • The deadline for applications is May 31st. However, to be considered for a UVic Fellowship, applications must normally be received by February 1st.
There is only one entry point: September.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7364.

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