School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

French Studies

Note: This program will not be accepting applications at this time.


"Although it is small, the Department of French Studies of Queen’s is visible and has a great reputation inside and outside the campus. Consisting of a dynamic team of teachers, the teaching was excellent at every level, and I was particularly impressed by the serene, relaxed atmosphere and the fact that the teachers were so accessible.”

Azouz Ali Ahmed, Ph.D. Candidate

Program Contact

Agathe Nicholson
Graduate Assistant
Department of French Studies
Kingston Hall, room 300
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2086


Program Overview

The Department of French Studies at Queen’s University boasts a tradition of producing excellent scholars. It has all the resources of a major research-intensive university while also offering individualized attention to students. All departmental activities (intellectual, administrative and social) take place in French. As well students are offered the opportunity to teach courses, allowing them to acquire valuable teaching experience for their future careers.


Students have the opportunity to be involved in collaborative work with Professors who are involved in a broad spectrum of research projects. Students are also able to participate in international conferences hosted by the department and have access to prominent guest speakers

Career paths – employment opportunities

Our graduates have found employment as:

  • University professors
  • Teachers
  • Bilingual civil servants (i.e.: Foreign Affairs)
  • Translators
  • Editors
  • Writers

Other graduates have gone on to careers in the Service industry and in public administration.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 1 or 2 years full time (part time option also available)

Ph.D.: 4 years (full time only)

Method of Completion

M.A.: course work and thesis

Ph.D.: course work, thesis, comprehensive exams and oral defence

Fields of study and Supervisors

Pre-modern (Ancien Régime), Modern and Contemporary French Literature and Culture; Canadian, Quebec and Francophone Literature and Culture; Linguistics Supervisors will be determined within the first 6 months of your degree for the MA and the first 24 months for the PhD.

  • Johanne Bénard: 20th-century French literature; Céline; autobiography; pragmatics, theatre.
  • Agnès Conacher: Early Modern Literature (end of the 16th century and 17th century), mysticism, identity, memory in the 17th century.
  • Catherine Dhavernas (Department Head): 20th Century French literature; Duras, Yourcenar; Literary theory; Philosophy of history; Benjamin; Interdisciplinary studies.
  • Monique Dufresne: Diachronic linguistics; syntax & morphology of medieval French; history of French; creation and use of annotated corpora.
  • Stéphane Inkel: Québec literature; political philosophy and literature; history and literature; French literature, 20th century; Réjean Ducharme; Jacques Ferron; Victor-Lévy Beaulieu; Samuel Beckett.
  • Greg Lessard: Lexicology and semantics; natural language generation; Second language acquisition; computer-aided text analysis.(currently on sabbatical)
  • François Rouget: Medieval and Renaissance literatures ; Poetics ; literary history.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M.A.: depending on the quality of the candidate’s file

Ph.D.: Minimum $18,000

We encourage all students to apply for additional external funding through OGS, SSHRC and other sources. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided with a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s. We also offer the opportunity to apply for internal scholarships, including the Senator Frank Carrel Upper-Year Scholarships for residents of Quebecwith an approximate value of $10,000 each.

Academic Prerequisites

M.A.: Bachelor of Arts (honours) in French Studies or equivalent, with second class standing

Ph.D.: Master of Arts in French Studies or equivalent, with first class standing

Grades Required

We consider grades from all 4 years.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 550 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1st to qualify for certain internal fellowships; otherwise on an ongoing basis.

NB: This program will not be accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic cycle.   Contact the department if you have any queries.

Learning Outcomes