To Apply


Prospective students for the MA, MAT or Dual MA programs should:

  • have an undergraduate major in French or
  • have a French minor with at least 20 semester hours of credit beyond the intermediate level and a record of study in a French-speaking country.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted in exceptional circumstances provided they are willing to make up their deficiencies as specified by the graduate coordinator.

The department looks for a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 both overall and in French.

Please note that an additional requirement for the MAT program is that it is open only to licensed teachers with at least one year of teaching experience, as the MAT itself does not offer a path to licensure.

To apply, you will need to route your materials in two directions:

To the Graduate College

  • Complete an online application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Mail the check or money order [payable to BGSU) to the Graduate College along with all of the additional materials detailed on their web page.
  • Send to the Graduate College two official transcripts (directly from the institution) from all the institutions attended.
  • Have your GRE scores sent to the Graduate College. For information about the GRE and how to register for the exam, see: http://www.ets.org/gre. [BGSU’s institutional code is 1069.) Please be advised that the Graduate College must receive your GRE scores before your application can be completely processed.

To the Department

  • Complete the department application form. Completing an application for the program will allow you to be considered for financial support. Note that Dual degree applicants must also follow all departmental-level application instructions for the other program.
  • Mail three letters of recommendation to the Graduate Coordinator. At least 2 of these recommendations should be from individuals who will comment on your proficiency in French. 1 recommendation should address your critical thinking skills and your ability to do research.
  • A writing sample. The writing sample should be an academic paper that you wrote in French and that you believe reflects your potential for graduate-level study.

Please send all Department application materials to:

Graduate Coordinator/French

Department of Romance and Classical Studies
203 Shatzel Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0215

The policy of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies is to begin reviewing completed applications on February 15, and to continue reviewing later applications on a rolling basis until enrollment is full.