Program Requirements

All general regulations for graduate study at UCLA, as well as those specific to the Department of French and Francophone Studies, are set forth in the UCLA General Catalog and in the Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees pertaining to the Department of French and Francophone Studies. The following general overview of the Ph.D. program is intended to introduce and summarize the program’s structures and degree requirements. Students consult regularly with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

First and Second Year Requirements

  • Students should take at least 13 graduate courses overall during the first and second years. First year: students should be enrolled in a total of nine (9) courses: three (3) courses per quarter of which at least two (2) must be from departmental offerings. Second year: students should be enrolled in a total of four (4) courses of which at least three (3) must be from departmental offerings: one (1) course in the Fall in addition to the Teaching Apprentice Practicum, two (2) in the Winter, and one (1) in the Spring.
  • Two satisfactory progress reviews are required for continuation in the Ph.D. program, completed at the end of the third and sixth quarters.
  • Timely progress toward fulfilling the language/interdisciplinary requirement.

N.B. The Teaching Apprentice Practicum, language courses, or the 597 Second Year Review Preparation course do not count towards the above requirements.

Third Year Requirements

  • Students should take at least three (3) additional graduate courses.
  • Complete the language/interdisciplinary requirement.
  • Complete the Doctoral Qualifying Written examinations.

Fourth Year Requirements (C. Phil.)

  • Complete the Oral Qualifying examination (prospectus defense)

Fifth and Sixth Year Requirements (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. degree is awarded upon the successful completion and filing of the doctoral dissertation. This is expected during the fifth or sixth year of study. Requirements for the Ph.D. degree also include one year or more of teaching experience and completion of the Teaching Apprentice Practicum.