Use your French in professional settings in the U.S. or abroad with a Master of Professional French Studies from UW–Madison. You control your program of study, while we help you secure an internship that suits your career goals.

Is this program right for you?

Globalize your expertise and apply your advanced proficiency in French language to business or professional settings across the world with a Master of Professional French Studies from UW–Madison. This program is offered in a full-time academic track or a summer institute track designed especially for teachers and working professionals.


Ours is one of only a few graduate credentials that shows employers you have superior language skills and applied experience using French outside of academia — precisely the qualifications that they seek, in the second most important language for international business in the world, after English. Whether you want to work for a marketing firm, cultural or arts organization, international development NGO, or government agency, your skills will stand out.


You build expertise in cross-cultural research, analysis, communication, and other marketable skills in one of six areas of concentration: business, education, international education, European Union affairs, international development, or media/arts/cultural production. Depending on your area of interest, you take courses across the UW–Madison campus, such as in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Political Science, or the Department of Art History. The creative control for your program belongs to you, but our faculty and staff mentor and advise you throughout your time at UW–Madison and beyond.


Our internship coordinator helps you secure a French-speaking internship in a business or organization whose work relates directly to your career goals. You also participate in at least 10 networking events to build information technology and other skills, as well as personal relationships.


Your Master of Professional French Studies degree concludes with a portfolio in French that brings together your coursework and the expertise you gained during your internship — and provides you with the base from which to launch a career in which fluency and experience in French give you a distinct edge.


What you learn

  • Learn and apply skills in research, interdisciplinary cross-cultural analysis, advanced oral communications, and advanced grammar, in French, in professional settings

Where & how you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Full-time academic track is on campus and can be completed in one year
  • Summer Institute track has a built-in three-year schedule that includes two consecutive summer sessions on campus, plus part-time studying in nontraditional forms during the academic year

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All applicants must:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree
  • Submit a writing sample in French
  • Have advanced knowledge of French

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