Admission for Fall 2021
Please note that the Joint Ph.D. program in French/French Studies will not be accepting admissions applications for fall 2021. We will instead devote our resources to supporting our continuing students whose research and academic progress have been impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing extra financial support to those students whose studies have been most seriously affected, we are focusing on offering all of our students the most robust guidance and mentoring programs possible, and on maximizing their access to rich experiential and professional opportunities in our community. Our decision not to admit joint students in 2021 was not an easy one, and we look forward to opening admissions again for fall 2022. The application for fall 2022 will be available in September 2021. In the meantime, we continue to accept fall 2021 applications for our Ph.D. program in French Literature. So, if you are interested in the PhD in French Literature Program, please submit your application.
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Do I have to take the GRE?
No, we no longer require GRE test scores for admission to both the PhD in French and Joint PhD in French/French Studies.
Do I have to have an M.A. to apply for a doctoral program?
No, an M.A. is not required to apply to the doctoral program.
I already have a Master's degree. Will you accept it for credit toward doctoral coursework?
Please see FAQ: Coursework.
If I am not accepted to the joint degree program, can I still be considered for the Ph.D. in French?
Yes. An applicant to the joint program whose writing and training demonstrates strong potential for research in literature and/or critical thought may be considered--with their permission--for the Ph.D. in French. It is possible, within this program, to write a dissertation on cultural or philosophical topics as well as on strictly literary ones.
When are applications due?
For prospective Ph.D. students: The Department recommends that applications be submitted by December 18. The final deadline for applications is January 4.
What should be included in my application?
1) The Online Application. http://gsas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/gsas/admissions/gsas-application-resource-center.html
2) A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé. This should list your academic and, if applicable, relevant professional experience.
3) A Statement of Academic Purpose that addresses your reasons for pursuing a higher degree, your field(s) of interest (if known), and why you see NYU as an appropriate home for your future studies.
4) A Writing Sample. For applicants to programs in French, a writing sample of scholarly, academic writing, no longer than 25 pages double-spaced or 7000 words in total, is required. It may be made up of one or two term papers, a research paper written for a French course, or an extract from an Honors thesis; some or all of it must be in French.
5) Three Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be in French or English, but preferably in the native language of the recommender. GSAS requires that these be submitted online using the Application Resource Center. Three letters are required; GSAS does not recommend that more than three are submitted unless there are compelling reasons for doing so. The most helpful letters are those written by professors with recent experience of your work, if possible in a relevant field and at an appropriate level, who are in a position to comment in detail on your achievements to date and your future potential.
Please see the GSAS Application Letters of Recommendation FAQ for more information.
6) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores, if applicable. Students whose native language is not English or who have not received a B.A. or an M.A. from a university at which English is the language of record must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. It is important that you arrange to take the TOEFL and have official scores sent to GSAS no later than six to eight weeks before the deadline date. For example, if your program's deadline is December 18, you should take the TOEFL no later than October 15 so that the results are available for consideration by mid-December. Official score reports should be sent to New York University--GSAS, institution code 2596. The department code for French is 16. TOEFL scores are valid for three years. Students may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
See the GSAS Application TOEFL and IELTS FAQ for more information.
*Please note that Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, while the Graduate School will notify you that the scores were received, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.*
7) Transcript. An unofficial, electronic copy of your transcript is acceptable for the application process. If admitted, you will need to provide an official, hard copy of your transcript before matriculation.
If any of your transcripts are in a language other than English, both the transcript in the original language and a literal certified English translation must be submitted with the online application.
For complete details about transcripts, see the GSAS Application Academic Transcripts FAQ.
How do I submit my supporting materials?
All supporting materials should be submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Science as part of the online application via upload. If there are issues uploading a document to the online application, see the GSAS Application Resource Center's troubleshooting guide. Nothing should be sent directly to the department.
Did you receive my supporting materials?
All supporting materials should be uploaded to the Graduate School of Arts and Science as part of the online application.
How many applications do you receive? How many are admitted?
Each year, the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture in New York receives over 100 applications for admission into the doctoral programs. Generally 7 - 10 students are accepted into the Ph.D. cohort.
What are the minimum test scores for admission into the French graduate programs?
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores are not required. Please do not send us GRE test scores. If you do, while the Graduate School will notify you that the scores were received, the scores will not be reviewed or considered by the department's Admissions Committee.
The Graduate School recommends that an applicant receive a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test (equivalent to 600 on the paper-based test).
Do you have an open house for prospective graduate students?
Intending applicants are welcome to visit the department and meet faculty with prior arrangement.