University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. On Campus
72 months
32930 USD/year
32930 USD/year
17828 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The French Department’s doctoral program reflects the interdisciplinary priorities that have long defined the pursuit of knowledge here at Berkeley. We are thus committed not only to providing students strong coverage of the field of French and francophone literature and culture, but also to doing so through the critical application of innovative methodologies.


The University of California, Berkeley’s interests are both historically and methodologically diverse; their strengths are complemented by a variety of programs–centers, working groups, and so on–that regularly bring scholars of the humanities together across campus. 

The programme

And the atmosphere, relaxed and non-hierarchical, lends itself to free and passionate inquiry. We invite you to explore our offerings.

Programme Structure

  • The Ph.D. Phase

In three semesters students complete four more courses at the graduate level (200-level). During the last semester in the Ph.D. phase students take their qualifying exams, based on a set of specialized reading lists developed in close consultation with faculty members. These exams, which contain both written and oral components, are intended both to test general knowledge of a period and to provide students with a chance to develop ideas that will be useful in the definition of the dissertation topic.

  • The Dissertation Phase

Following successful completion of the qualifying exams, students are advanced to candidacy and enter the dissertation phase of the program, which consists of four semesters. Students first write a dissertation prospectus in consultation with their dissertation committee, and then proceed with the dissertation itself.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Criteria for the selection of applicants for graduate study: 

  • Academic Background (Including Grades) And Interests, 
  • Professional Promise, 
  • Evidence Of Intellectual Initiative And Commitment, 
  • Potential For A Successful Teaching Career At The University Or College Level, 
  • Language Proficiency In French. 

The assessment of the applicant’s potential is based primarily on the statement of purpose (which should focus on the candidate’s intellectual interests), past record, recommendations, and a writing sample. The writing sample (in French) should show the applicant’s thought process and style of argument.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    17828 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.


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