Accelerated Masters Program

Program Requirements

Like the regular M.A. in French program, the AMP in French requires a minimum of 30 units. What distinguishes the AMP from our regular MA is the timeline; rather than completing 30 units of coursework over a period of two years after receiving their BA, AMP students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework (500 level) during their senior year. 

These 500 level units typically count toward both the BA and the MA in French. To count these units toward both degrees, students must first be enrolled in the AMP, and fill out the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses form (for each graduate level class taken as an undergraduate) and submit it to the Graduate College. AMP students must work closely with both the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies to monitor progress towards both degrees. 

Students who complete the maximum allowable number of 500 level units as undergraduates (12) are able to complete the MA in their fifth year by taking 18 additional units (3 courses per semester) and passing their Written and Oral MA Exams during Spring of their fifth year. AMP students must complete their graduate Plan of Study (POS) on GradPath during their last semester at the undergraduate level. 

Up to three thesis units (FREN 910) may count toward the total of 30 units in all MA options. Thesis units (FREN 910) may not be combined with Internship units (FREN 593) or Independent Studies units (FREN 599) as part of the total of 30 units (they may be taken in addition). 

Sample Course Sequence:

AMP students may select courses from Option 1 (French Literature and Culture), Option 2 (French Linguistics & Second Language Learning) or Option 3 (Francophone Studies) of the regular MA curriculum; may will decide to mix and match courses from all three emphases while pursuing a generalist option. 

SENIOR YEAR, SEMESTER 1 (Sample course #)

  • FREN 540 (in lieu of 440)- 3 units (counts towards both BA and MA)
  • FREN 543 (in lieu of 443)- 3 units (counts towards both BA and MA)

SENIOR YEAR, SEMESTER 2 (Sample course #)

  • FREN 545 (in lieu of 445)- 3 units (counts towards BA and MA)
  • FREN 532 (in lieu of 432)- 3 units (counts towards BA and MA)
  • Student completes Plan of Study on GradPath

FIFTH YEAR, SEMESTER 1 (Sample course #)

  • FREN 550 3 units
  • FREN 552 3 units
  • FREN 567 3 units

FIFTH YEAR, SEMESTER 2 (Sample course #)

  • FREN 551 3 units
  • FREN 553 3 units
  • FREN 544 3 units

TOTAL= 30 units at the Graduate level

Admission to the AMP

Sophomore and junior French majors at the UA who are interested in this program and who are excelling in their coursework should contact the Director of Graduate Studies. The requirements for admission to the AMP program in French include:

  • A minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA on all coursework (at least 12 units) at the University of Arizona;
  • The completion of at least 12 units with an excellent academic record in the French major;
  • The completion of at least 75 credit hours overall at the time of application and 90 at the time of entry into the AMP (typically during your senior year);
  • The completion or near completion of your General Education requirements;
  • Submission of a graduate application and payment of the application fee.

For additional rules pertaining to the AMP, please see the UA General Catalog section on policies*, AMP admission requirements*, and AMP degree and tuition policies*.

After consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, students should complete an online application via the Graduate College website. The ideal time to apply for most students is December of their junior year, with graduate coursework (500 level classes) beginning in Fall of their senior year. However, applications submitted in spring of the junior year will also be considered. 

Due to the intensive curriculum and course load during their fifth year, AMP students are not eligible for Graduate Assistantships in Teaching. They should not expect financial aid from the University or Department during their fifth year of studies. Consequently, students are encouraged to plan accordingly, and to explore external sources of funding

See also: Tuition and Fees

See Degree Requirements for detailed information about completing your Masters in French and Francophone Studies.