Accelerated Master's Program

The M.A. Program in French – The Accelerated Master’s (AMP)

I. Program Requirements

  • Like the regular M.A., 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 toward 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 and Second Language Learning & Teaching) or Option 3 (Francophone Studies) of the regular MA curriculum; many 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 toward both BA and MA)
FREN 543 (in lieu of 443) – 3 units (counts toward both BA and MA)

Senior Year, Semester 2:

           (sample course #)

FREN 545 (in lieu of 445) – 3 units (counts toward both BA and MA)
FREN 532 (in lieu of 432) – 3 units (counts toward both BA and MA)

(complete 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 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 the 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

II. Completing the M.A.

Preparing for Your M.A. Exams

No later than the beginning of the semester of the expected graduation date, the candidate and DGS should agree upon the Exam Committee Members, whose chair will be formally appointed by the DGS. The candidate is responsible for:

  • checking Graduate College deadlines and submitting the Master/s/Specialist Committee Appointment Form through GradPath
  • meeting with the Exam Committee Members and providing (e-mailing) each of them copies of all course syllabi covered in the MA program;
  • informing the Exam Committee members of the proposed date of the written examination, ascertaining their times and dates of availability for the Oral Exam, and communicating these times and dates to the DGS, who will schedule a provisional time, date, and classroom for the Oral Exam;
  • clearing all fees with the Bursar's Office.


The M.A. Written Examination

The M.A. examination is given twice a year, usually in October-November and March-April.  It consists of two parts, written and oral. The M.A. written examination will be based on the candidate's coursework in French and Francophone literature, culture, and/or theory, as well as related areas of the graduate curriculum when appropriate. The written component of the examination will consist of three take-home exams (sent via e-mail) that typically take the following form: 

  • a textual or cinematic analysis; 
  • an essay based on a specific work of literature (to be chosen in by the candidate and the faculty member in charge of this part of the examination); 
  • an essay on a wider, more general topic in French and/or Francophone literature and/or culture. 

All three essays should be written in French, typed, double-spaced, and 4-6 pages in length. The student has one week to complete all three exams and return them to the DGS, who will distribute them to the committee members for evaluation. 

The M.A. Oral Examination

The candidate is not permitted to undertake the oral component of the MA Examination until s/he has performed satisfactorily on the written part. (Satisfactorily is defined as a passing grade on the written part from at least two of the three committee members). A student required to retake one or more parts of the written examination (normally in the semester following the one in which the original attempt was made, but not sooner) must do so before proceeding to the oral examination. The Oral Examination (1-2 hours maximum) will cover works on the candidate’s course syllabi as well as areas considered in the written examination. The M.A. oral examination is usually scheduled within a week to ten days of the written examination. The Graduate College sets deadlines each semester for the completion of this examination; ;  students  are responsible for knowing these deadlines and scheduling their  exams accordingly.. The examination committee shall be composed of the three committee members for the written examinations. The examination committee shall meet prior to the oral examination to determine time limits and questioning sequences. It shall meet once more after the completion of the oral examination to determine if the candidate has:

1. Passed. 

2. Failed (in which case the student must wait until the following semester before retaking the oral examination). A second oral examination will take place no sooner than four months after the initial one. 

Note: Two adverse votes result in failure. An abstention counts as a vote for failure. Results  are tallied by the committee chair, who informs the candidate only as to whether the vote was Pass or Fail.

The M.A. Thesis

In lieu of the written exam, students may present an M.A. thesis, written in French, which demonstrates proficiency in concepts and methods of literary and cultural studies, criticism, and theory. For students presenting an M.A. thesis in lieu of a written examination, the oral examination will consist of 1) a defense of the thesis, and 2) questions on works and topics covered in the candidate’s course syllabi.

ll-updated and approved by the faculty on Dec. 2, 2016