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Department of Languages, Literature & Cultural Studies


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Graduate Chair: Marie-Diane Clarke

Graduate Secretary: Nadine Penner

Phone: (306) 966-5797

Department of Languages & Linguistics
9 Campus Drive - Room 517 Arts
Saskatoon  S7N 5A5

Participation des étudiants de français au colloque international  "Fascination des images" (Saskatoon, 2012)


The Department of Languages and Linguistics provides graduate training towards a Master’s degree in French literature, translation or language studies. Areas of strength include theory and criticism, French (seventeenth to twentieth centuries), Québécois and Francophone literatures, women’s writing and gender studies, the cinema of France, Québec and North Africa, as well as translation and language studies. Spring and summer seminars are also offered. Our courses cover a variety of topics of interest to Canadian, US and international students and focus on research areas that French professors at the University of Saskatchewan are pursuing.


To be considered for funding, applications should be received before the following deadlines:

For the term commencing in September:

Canadian and US applicants: March 1
International applicants: January 1

For the term commencing in January:

Canadian and US applicants: July 1
International applicants: June 1


All new M.A. students are automatically considered for financial aid in the form of fellowships or teaching assistantships awarded by the Department or by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No separate application is necessary. University Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available for a maximum of 24 months of total support for each M.A. student.

Students may apply for:

  1. the Dick and Mary Edney Scholarship before April 30th;
  2. the Dean’s Scholarship Program (recommendations have to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (Room C180 Administration Building) by 12:00 noon on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from December to March; the department will nominate students who start their M.A. Program in January during the December round)
  3. the Dean’s Graduate Student Travel Fund for conference travel support before April 15th.  For further information, students can consult the Director of Awards & Scholarships (Room C180 Administration Building), or the CGSR website.
  4. For a complete list of the funding opportunities provided by the College of Graduate Studies and Research visit

Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are encouraged to submit an application for a SSHRC scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) during the year preceding their enrollment. Details are available at


A Master’s degree helps future, new and experienced teachers of French to broaden and deepen their knowledge of French grammar and francophone literatures and cultures. It gives them an opportunity to make the transition into teaching or to refine their instructional skills.

A Master’s degree helps teachers to acquire higher salaries. Educators who hold a Masters’ degree might pursue later careers as school administrators or educational policy planners for Saskatchewan’s French School Board.

Graduate students may be offered positions as research assistants to professors of French who are recipients of research grants, and to collaborate on joint publications. Those professors will become their mentors and will help them to become successful members of the French research community.

A Master’s degree may lead students to other career paths such as: translation, Canadian and international politics, education, or professional positions with international companies.

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The M.A. program is a thesis-based option, and requires students:

  1. to complete four master’s level courses at the University of Saskatchewan or elsewhere (students choosing to take courses from another university need to get approval from the French Graduate Committee);
  2. to make a Departmental or external scholarly presentation pertaining to their field of research; and
  3. to complete and be examined on a thesis project of 60-80 pages in French.


  • A four-year B.A. honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • a minimum scholastic standing of 70% cumulative weighted average in each of the final two full-time years (e.g. 60 credit units) of undergraduate study