Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in our program! Our MA is open to students from all over the world. Ours is a relatively small program, which means that each student receives individualized mentoring and attention.

Presentation of the Master's Program in French
Presentation of the Accelerated Master's Program in French

Questions? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Dalila Ayoun at

The MA Program

The University of Arizona offers 4 emphases for the M.A. in French: (1) French Literature and Culture, (2) French Linguistics and Second Language Learning & Teaching, (3) Francophone Studies, and (4) Secondary Teaching Certification. Students in all of these areas receive outstanding teacher training under the guidance of our Director of Basic Languages, and most complete the program in 2 years. We also offer an Accelerated MA for outstanding University of Arizona undergraduates at the University of Arizona to begin work on their MA during the fourth year in residence and to finish their Master's during the fifth year. 

The Professional MA Program

We also offer a course of study that allows students to complete an emphasis in one of the following areas: (1) Business Administration, (2) Management Information Systems, (3) Marketing, (4) Journalism, and (5) Collaborative Governance.

Campus Life

Whatever your interests and hobbies, you will find plenty to do right here on campus! As a member of the Pacific 10 (soon to be PAC-12) athletic conference, we host NCAA I games and competitions in a variety of sports. The University of Arizona also offers an abundance of clubs, film series, lectures, concerts (for example, UA Presents), and other cultural events and activities – it is virtually impossible to find a day when there is “nothing to do”! And because our campus is relatively compact and centralized, almost all the University museums, libraries, restaurants, stadiums, theaters, and lecture halls are within easy walking or biking distance of our Department. 


Tucson is a vibrant city of 550,000 people with a metropolitan area of more than a million residents – yet many students will tell you that it has a small-town atmosphere. Vestiges of Spanish colonial architecture from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and legends of Wild West cowboys who once graced our streets, at once contribute to the region’s colorful history and make the “Old Pueblo” an intriguing town to explore. For those who enjoy the arts, we have a variety of dance and theatre companies, both professional and amateur orchestras, and regular performances throughout the year by well-known artists and touring companies (for just a sample, see Broadway in Tucson or the Tucson Convention Center’s Event Calendar). Tucson also offers year-round sunshine, palm trees, affordable living, and incredible possibilities for weekend excursions to destinations like Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and the beaches of Mexico and San Diego!