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French (MA)

French (MA)
French (MA)

Speak, translate, teach

Dive into archival research or focus on contemporary Francophone issues. Whatever your passion, explore French language, literature and culture with the flexible MA in French. This degree is ideal for both those who wish to pursue careers in translation, teaching or cultural institutions and for those who are preparing for an academic career.

The program may be completed in two years. Core courses are offered in the evenings, while most elective courses are offered in the afternoon/evening.

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Engage locally, think internationally

Apply your linguistic expertise as a volunteer, contributor, intern or employee at sites across the city such as Alliance Française, the Consulat Général de France à Chicago and Lycée Chicago as part of our service-learning experience.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to submit materials at least two months prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, language proficiency test scores, letters of recommendation, letters of application, and complete an interview with a faculty member in our French program.

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Required Courses

You’ll take three core courses and nine electives taught in either French or English.

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of Modern Language graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for Modern Language graduates was $50,000.

Engage in projects with world-class faculty

Study with faculty like Professor Pascale-Anne Brault, recipient of the Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Mérite and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. She partnered with students to translate DePaul’s rare Napoleon Collection of more than 4,000 volumes related to Napoleon’s life and campaign—the second-largest such collection in the United States.

“I volunteer as a translator and interpreter for agencies providing services to immigrants and asylum seekers in Chicago, and I also participate in translation projects of historical documents. My French reading, writing and speaking skills were much improved by my student experience at DePaul. The faculty are actively engaged with students and find creative ways to improve the learning experience.”

Ann Marie (MA ’19)

Alumni Network

Alumni of the MA in French have gone on to a range of careers, including teaching, translation and interpreting. With a network of over 8,900 master’s-level graduates in Chicago and beyond, you’ll have opportunities to grow your professional and academic connections to fellow College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences alumni.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the fellowships, scholarships and grants available to you.

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Contact Information

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