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Program Summary

Program focus is to encourage young scholars to challenge and apply plural theoretical perspectives while acquiring in depth insight into the knowledge of varieties of French and literatures of the Francophone world.

Because of its location in the Greater Toronto Area, the doctoral program in Francophone studies at York University provides an ideal setting to engage in the study of French and its diverse cultural, linguistic and literary manifestations. The very composition of the Francophone communities in Ontario and Canada, of diverse origins and possessing a bilingual, if not multilingual, education justifies the study of that diversity and of its unifying elements.

The openness of this PhD program to areas of research with interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary content in the fields of translation and public and international affairs allows young scholars not only to acquire essential research and teaching skills, but to participate in the rich research culture of York University.

Choose York:

Our program, offered entirely in French, has special relevance for Ontario's Francophone communities because of its focus on issues related to education in French in a minority setting or to bilingual education programs.

Your academic training and learning experience will be enhanced by innovative curricula and research opportunities featuring connexions with other disciplines such as translation, law, history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, cognitive science, and public affairs.

You will develop life long intellectual relationships with young scholars and established researchers from a wide range of academic and cultural backgrounds.

In your research, you will be encouraged to investigate current issues raised by major cultural, artistic, societal, political and linguistic movements that have contributed to the state of the French-speaking world today or that are underway in the francophone communities of major urban centres such as Montreal and Toronto.

You will have the opportunity to join internationally known research centres to master skills in corpus analysis, in the edition of manuscript and the development of databases, bibliographies and e-journals at the Centre de documentation sur le Maghreb littéraire at the Keele campus, and on the Glendon campus, Le centre de recherche sur le contact linguistique, Le groupe de recherche en Études francophones and le Groupe de recherche sur la traduction et les échanges culturels.

Stream and Specializations: 
  • Female voices in literary history: writing in exile or writing as memory
  • Theories of literary imagination
  • Francophone literatures: transversal and trans-disciplinary approaches
  • Interpretation of literary works: hermeneutics approaches
  • Language acquisition and cognition: learning and teaching of French as a first language (L1) and as a second language (L2) in a minority setting
  • Variationist linguistics:historical, sociological and ethnolinguistic perspectives 
  • Consequences of language in contact: sociolinguistic and sociostylistic research into French in contact 
  • General and historical linguistics: Romance and typological perspectives

Program Description


Application Deadline(s)
March 15, 2020 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
Program Components (including coursework)
  • Comprehensive examination (oral and written) AND
  • Dissertation
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Part-time - 6 year(s)
  • Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Number of Recommendations Required
    What You Need to Apply
    Other Requirement(s)

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3


    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
    YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB