The dual degree M.B.A./M.A. in French Studies and Business Administration is intended for students seeking careers in business and finance that may require residence in and detailed knowledge of France. Through this arrangement between the Stern School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Science, students are able to combine the rigorous schedules of two separate programs, and complete both degrees with a decreased course load.
Taking courses acceptable for joint credit, students enrolled in this program can complete the requirements for both degrees with a total of 79 points, rather than the 92 points required if both degrees were to be pursued independently. Candidates for the dual degree are required to complete three (rather than twelve) elective points at Stern, fulfilling the rest of their elective requirements through courses taken at the IFS. The total number of M.B.A. credits is thus reduced from 60 to 51, and 4 points from the M.B.A. program can be counted to the M.A. in French Studies.
The dual M.B.A./French Studies degree thus requires the successful completion of seven courses at the IFS, and a comprehensive M.A. exam. Students can therefore complete the dual degree in two and a half years rather than three years of full-time study. Normally, the first year of the program is spent at Stern; work toward the M.A. degree in French Studies typically begins in the second year. Please visit this page for more information on the program sequence.
Courses in the Institute of French Studies examine the French and the French-speaking world in French and in English through multiple disciplinary lenses: history, sociology, political science, anthropology, cultural analysis, and more. They explore the imperial nation and post-colonial situations, welfare and discrimination, memory and forgetting, gender and race, religion and secularism, and other questions that play out in singular ways in the Francophone world. The course work is done in small seminars taught by leading scholars from the U.S. and the French-speaking world. NYU’s faculty includes experts on France and Europe, Africa and the Maghreb, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Each year, we also welcome four visiting professors from France. Half of the course offerings are in French, and students perfect their oral and written command of the language and put it to analytical use. Our French Language Lab provides linguistic support as needed.
All students are required to take the history course on 19th Century France (IFST-GA.1610). Students pick the remaining courses from the IFS course offerings. The choice of courses is made in consultation with an IFS faculty advisor on the basis of interest, previous training, and professional needs. IFS courses are grouped into four fields:
I. History: Current and recent courses include Nineteenth-Century France, Twentieth-Century France, France and the Maghreb, France and Africa, Colonial and Postcolonial French Antilles, and topics in French History: Journalism.
II. Society: Current and recent courses include Education in France, Immigration in France, the Urban Question in France, and Race, Class and Gender in French Society.
III. Politics and the Economy: Current and recent courses include The Fifth Republic, The Extreme Right in France, France and Globalization, and Topics in the French Economy: Work and Its Market.
IV. Culture in Society: Current and recent courses in Culture in Society include the Invention of the Belle Epoque, the Sociolinguistics of French, Cinema and history, and Press, Society, and Literature Since the 19th Century.
The M.A. examination is a five-hour written exam (in English). Students are eligible to take it only after all eight courses have been completed with at least a B average. Candidates are assessed in the fields of History and Society. They also choose a third field, which may either be Politics and the Economy or Culture in Society. Please note that some courses are useful for preparation in more than one field.
The French Studies M.A. has a strong research component. Whether they choose archival investigations, ethnographic fieldwork, or journalistic reportage, students conduct research in both New York and Paris (during our summer program). On both sides of the Atlantic, they receive close mentoring from our faculty. Students also submit a Master's Essay on the day they take the written part of the M.A. Comprehensive Examination. Normally this essay is a course research term paper. It may be revised before submission.
Advisement. Given our small size, the Institute’s faculty provides close supervision and careful advisement on the choice of courses and the training required for various career goals. Each graduate student is advised by a faculty member.
Networking. Graduate students gather regularly outside of class for informal meetings conceived to support degree progress and master’s projects preparation. We also have an unmatched program of talks and events with scholars, artists, writers, filmmakers, and IFS alumni. These events always start or finish with a reception or a dinner, and allow our students to engage with our prestigious guests speakers and connect with our committed network of alumni.
Admissions. Candidates for the dual program with Stern must submit two applications: one to the Institute of French Studies and one to NYU Stern School of Business. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the Institute and Stern, and admission is subject to approval by both. Applications to the Institute do not require GRE scores or financial disclosures. We assess applicants on the basis of their undergraduate transcript, a writing sample, and letters of recommendation. Please refer to the NYU Stern School of Business for M.B.A. intermediary application deadlines. The final application deadline is Dec. 15. Don not hesitate to contact Wendy Diaz for specific inquiries on the deadlines. Please also visit our Prospective Student FAQs page.
Funding. We now offer all admitted M.A. students at least one-half tuition remission for courses in French Studies, and more for our best applicants.