Professional Masters in French

The University of Arizona's School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC), Eller College of Management, School of Journalism, and School of Government and Public Policy share a strong commitment to educating future leaders of the new global economy in a world that increasingly requires the highest level of intercultural competence. 

The Professional MA in French is a course of study that allows students to complete an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  1. Business Management
  2. Management Information Systems
  3. Marketing
  4. Journalism
  5. Collaborative Governance

There is an increasing and strong demand for business professionals who keep humanity in mind and for citizens who are educated in the broadest sense possible so that they can participate in their own governance and engage with the world. Industries and organizations need an adaptable and creative workforce; experts equipped with cultural understanding, knowledge of social dynamics, and language proficiency to lead our economy and institutions through complex global situations. (adapted from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' report "The Heart of the Matter," 2013)

Employers confirm that the following skills taught in the Professional MA in French are in high demand in all industries. 

  • The experience and ability to adapt and function in unfamiliar environments and new situations;
  • The ability to communicate well with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • The ability to negotiate difficult/abstract tasks with an acute sense of initiative and creativity;
  • The ability to analyze, evaluate, and assess cultural differences in professional settings;
  • Heightened ability to apply the skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, and synthesizing information. 

Graduates who combine French with a professional discipline can be employed in all fields. 

Program Cost

Students in this program are not eligible for GATships. The Africana Studies Program awards one Research Assistantship at 0.50FTE per academic year to one candidate in any of the emphases of the Professional MA in French. Total tuition and fees for the Academic year can be found here*.

Research Assistantship

The Africana Studies Program will fund one research assistantship per academic year for one candidate for the Professional MA in French. This position will not be available for traditional MA candidates. The Research Assistant will be assigned to several of the core faculty members in Africana Studies every semester. The research assistant will work for them in one or more of the following functions depending on the needs: grader, conduct research at libraries or elsewhere, assist faculty members with publication projects and any other projects they are responsible for (study abroad programs, special events sponsored by faculty members, etc.). The responsibilities and tasks will be set at the beginning of each semester for the rest of the semester. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates for admission to our program should explore the Graduate College website, contact us with any questions they may have, and then fill out the online application if they feel that our programs are well-suited to their interests and qualifications. Although we continue to consider applications until March 14, prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information, contact Dr. Reg Mcginnis, Director of Graduate Studies, at