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Professional French Studies

Master of Professional French Studies

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Use your French in professional settings in the U.S. or abroad with a Master of Professional French Studies from UW–Madison. You control your program of study, while we help you secure an internship that suits your career goals.


Is this program right for you?

Globalize your expertise and apply your advanced proficiency in French language to business or professional settings across the world with a Master of Professional French Studies from UW–Madison.

Ours is one of only a few graduate credentials that show employers you have superior language skills and applied experience using French outside of academia—precisely the qualifications that they seek—in the second most important language for international business in the world after English. Whether you want to work for a marketing firm, a cultural or arts organization, an international development NGO, or a government agency, your skills will stand out.

You build expertise in cross-cultural research, analysis, communication, and other marketable skills in one of six areas of concentration: business, education, international education, European Union affairs, international development, or media/arts/cultural production. Depending on your area of interest, you take courses across the UW–Madison campus, including the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Political Science, or the Department of Art History. The creative control for your program belongs to you, but our faculty and staff mentor and advise you throughout your time at UW–Madison—and beyond.

Our internship coordinator helps you secure a French-speaking internship in a business or organization whose work relates directly to your career goals. You also participate in at least 10 networking events to build information technology and other skills, as well as personal relationships.

Your Master of Professional French Studies degree concludes with a portfolio in French that brings together your coursework and the expertise you gained during your internship—and provides you with the base from which to launch a career in which fluency and experience in French give you a distinct edge.

Is this program right for you?

Globalize your expertise and apply your advanced proficiency in French language to business or professional settings across the world with a Master of Professional French Studies from UW–Madison.

Ours is one of only a few graduate credentials that show employers you have superior language skills and applied experience using French outside of academia—precisely the qualifications that they seek—in the second most important language for international business in the world after English. Whether you want to work for a marketing firm, a cultural or arts organization, an international development NGO, or a government agency, your skills will stand out.

You build expertise in cross-cultural research, analysis, communication, and other marketable skills in one of six areas of concentration: business, education, international education, European Union affairs, international development, or media/arts/cultural production. Depending on your area of interest, you take courses across the UW–Madison campus, including the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Political Science, or the Department of Art History. The creative control for your program belongs to you, but our faculty and staff mentor and advise you throughout your time at UW–Madison—and beyond.

Our internship coordinator helps you secure a French-speaking internship in a business or organization whose work relates directly to your career goals. You also participate in at least 10 networking events to build information technology and other skills, as well as personal relationships.

Your Master of Professional French Studies degree concludes with a portfolio in French that brings together your coursework and the expertise you gained during your internship—and provides you with the base from which to launch a career in which fluency and experience in French give you a distinct edge.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have advanced knowledge of French.
  • Submit GRE scores using code 1846.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Supplemental French Department application.
  • Statement of purpose (in French).
  • Resume/CV.
  • Transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Oral interview in French, by phone or in person.

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Program highlights

  • Complete your Professional French Studies master’s program full-time and finish your degree in just one year.
  • Our degree is one of the only graduate credentials that shows employers that you have superior French skills and have applied your skills outside of academia.
  • An internship coordinator helps you secure a French-speaking internship in a business or organization that relates to your personal career goals. We also offer ample networking events to build skills and personal relationships.

How you'll learn

  • Complete two semesters of full-time study on campus and a one-semester internship abroad to earn your degree.
  • Upon return from the internship, complete and present a professional portfolio, in French, integrating coursework and the practical experience obtained in the internship.

Sample curriculum

  • Grammaire avancée
  • Social Responsibility in Contemporary French-Language Professional Writing
  • Contemporary Skill Set Literature in French
  • Career Strategies for the French-Speaking World
  • Communication orale en situations professionnelles
  • Culture et sociétés dans le monde francophone
  • Professional French Masters Program Internship 1
  • Independent Study (Individual Special Purposes Tutorial)
  • Independent Study (Individual Internship Issues) 2
  • Seminar: Materials and Methods of Research

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  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
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