MA without Thesis

From Fall 2016 the Department of French offers a Master's without Thesis degree option.

Faculty Members

D. Aïssaoui, Licence (Maroc), DEA (Metz), PhD (Ottawa).
Seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature, autobiography  [Teaching]

C. Elson, BA (Vind), MA (Dal), Dr. de 3e cycle (Sorbonne).
Modern and contemporary literature and culture, theory, art, music, cinema

V. Frigerio, Beaux Arts (Geneva), BA (York), MA, PhD (Toronto).
Nineteenth-century literature, Romanticism, popular literature & media culture, Swiss-French literature, sociocriticism

V. Masse, BA, MA (Montréal), PhD (Toronto).
Medieval literature, early modern literature, contact literature, apocalyptic literature, ephemeral literature, Quebec literature and culture.

J. Milicevic, BA, (Belgrade), MA, PhD (Montréal).
General Linguistics (semantics & lexicology, dependancy syntax, morphology), Pedagogical Lexicography

R. Mopoho, BA (Yaounde, Cameroon), MA, PhD (Montréal).
Linguistics, lexicology, terminology, translation studies, sociolinguistics

I. Oore, BA (Tel-Aviv), MA (Waterloo), PhD (Western).
Quebec literature and culture

V. Simedoh, BA, MA (Fribourg), PhD (Queen's).
Francophone literature, translation, literature and culture of Francophone minorities outside of Quebec.

In addition to the above list, several retired and on-leave colleagues maintain an active presence in the Department: V. Frigerio, M. Bishop, W. T. Gordon, B. Bednarski, etc.

Program Requirements

Candidates may be accepted on a full-time and part-time basis. (Part time students carry a maximum of 15 credit hours during a given year.) Full-time students are expected to finish their courses within two years; part-time students are expected to finish their courses over no more than five years.

Applicants should have:

•  a BA degree in French;
•  interest in enhancing skills in the following fields
        French and Francophone Literature and Culture
        French Linguistics
        French Second-Language Studies   
•  very good oral and written proficiency in French   

Requirements after admission

  • Students may be accepted on a full-time or a part-time basis. A full-time student must spend a minimum of one year in full-time graduate study. Part-time students may carry a maximum of 15 credit hours (corresponding to 5 one-term courses) during one year.
  • The equivalent of at least 27 credit hours is required (i.e. 9 one-term courses), distributed as follows:

    i) Required Course: FREN 5996: Independent Studies, serving as an integrative capstone course

    ii) Required Elective Courses. 3 credit hours in Literature, 3 credit hours in Linguistics, 3 credit hours in culture or "bridging" courses (e.g. Contemporary Culture, Linguistics and Literature).

    iii) General Elective Courses. 5 courses (from regular calendar offerings).

  • When necessary in order to improve the student's proficiency in French, up to 6 credit hours, undergraduate or graduate, may be required.

    How to Apply

    Application deadlines are:

    for Canadian applicants: June 1st

    for non-Canadian applicants: April 1st

    Graduate application forms are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' and include:

    •   Application for Admission-Guidelines
    •   Graduate Studies Application
    •   Confidential Reference Letter (two are required)

    You must assemble all relevant documentation and forward as instructed in the Guidelines (see Application for Admission: please read it carefully).

    Send the following to:

    Department of French
    Dalhousie University
    Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building

    PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

    •   a copy of the application form
    •   two letters of reference in sealed/endorsed envelopes.


    •   your resume;
    •   information on studies abroad and any French
    classes not counted for the degree;
    •   a sample of recent work in French;
    •   a brief statement of intent in French about goals in graduate studies

    I.  Ask all your home institutions to send two official transcripts directly to the Department of French, c/o The Graduate Secretary.

    II. Send an envelope addressed to the Registrar, enclosing the application form and the $100.00 application fee, Canadian funds.


    Students doing a Masters Without Thesis are not eligible for most scholarships that are based on specific research projects, such as the SSHRC or the Killam scholarships.

    Information on Halifax, Dalhousie and the Department

    Capital of the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada's chief Atlantic coast port. Cultural and commercial centre of the Maritime Provinces. Population of the Halifax-Dartmouth-Bedford area: over 500,000. Temperate climate, picturesque location and surroundings.

    Dalhousie University 
    Founded in 1818. Student population over 15,000, graduate enrolment over 3,000. The campus is located in a residential area, not far from downtown Halifax

    Department of French
    Located close to the Killam Memorial Library (1,500,000 items: efficient interlibrary loan service), the Dalhousie Arts Centre, the Student Union Building, and the Dalplex facility for sports and recreation. Full-time faculty of ten. Three graduate programs offered: Master of Arts (thesis program), Master of Arts (without thesis program) and the PhD program. The Department publishes two international scholarly journals: Dalhousie French Studies (French and Francophone Literature and Culture), the electronic journal Belphégor (popular literature and media culture) and an annual collection of graduate students' scholarly writings Initiales/Initials.  The services of a French assistant/e is available to undergraduate students. Activities include lectures, talks, international conferences on French and Francophone literary, cultural and linguistic subjects.