Combined Degree Programs

Integrated Degree Programs - MIIS
In five years, students may earn a BA from Middlebury and an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Middlebury College and MIIS have established several integrated degree programs in which students earn a combined BA from Middlebury and an MA from MIIS in five years. These integrated degree programs include four years of undergraduate work in a variety of majors at Middlebury, development of language proficiency and particular courses while at Middlebury, followed by one year of graduate study at MIIS. These programs are retroactively available to all Middlebury alumni who qualify. Please note that all interested Middlebury students must apply to and be accepted at MIIS through the normal MIIS admissions process.

There are currently five integrated degree programs:

  • International Environmental Policy (MAIEP)
  • International Policy Studies (MAIPS)
  • Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (MANPTS)
  • Teaching of Foreign Languages (MATFL)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)

Each degree has particular requirements to fulfill at MIIS, as well as requirements to fulfill at Middlebury to qualify for these degrees.

For Middlebury students wishing to pursue these integrated degree opportunities, there are three broad requirements to qualify:

  1. Coursework at Middlebury
  2. Language preparation
  3. International experience (where applicable)

Find further information about the integrated degree programs.

Engineering Options

Middlebury Degree

There are several options for combining a Middlebury degree with study in engineering. The most common is simply to complete a Middlebury B.A. in one of the sciences—normally physics for electrical engineering, computer science or physics for computer engineering, chemistry for chemical Engineering, etc. At the same time, one should be sure to get a broad general education in science by electing cognate science courses, particularly in physics, mathematics, and computer science. A course in economics is recommended, and biology and/or geology are also valuable for some fields. After completing the Middlebury degree, students commonly move directly into a master's (or Ph.D.) program in engineering. Strong students have been accepted into engineering programs at top schools such as M.I.T., Caltech, Cornell, R.P.I., University of Wisconsin, Washington University, and many others. It usually takes two years after the B.A. to complete an engineering masters degree, though sometimes this can be accelerated a bit.

Students who have taken this route tell us that they have found themselves very well prepared for graduate school. The fact that they have a solid liberal arts background, with significant emphasis on writing and analytical thinking, puts them in a very strong position—both in their graduate programs and even more so in their eventual careers.

Dual Degree Programs

Another option is a dual-degree program. The one that the most students have pursued recently is with Dartmouth. In this program, one usually spends the junior year studying engineering at Dartmouth, returns to Middlebury for the senior year, graduating with a B.A., and then goes back to Dartmouth for a fifth year and a second degree, a bachelor of engineering (B.E.). Some students who do this also stay for one additional (sixth) year and get a master's. This is an excellent program that numerous students have pursued. Interested students should take the pre-requisite courses for the Dartmouth program during their first two years and should apply to Dartmouth by February 1 of their sophomore year. Although admission to the Dartmouth program is not guaranteed, Middlebury students have an excellent record of being accepted. Starting in 2012, financial aid is transferable to Dartmouth for a limited number of students on a competitive basis for their junior year.

The other dual-degree programs (known as "combined-plan" or "3-2" programs) are with Columbia University in New York City, and with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. In both of these programs, a student completes the first three years at Middlebury, and in the third year applies to transfer to either of these engineering schools for the final two years of study. Students who have completed all the prerequisites with a certain minimum GPA are guaranteed admission. At the end, the student receives two degrees: a B.A. from Middlebury, and a B.S. from the engineering school. Since students considering these programs will need to complete all the Middlebury distribution requirements and most of those for a major, plus pre-requisites for an engineering program, within three rather than four years, it is important to plan carefully starting from the first year at Middlebury.

To apply to any of the dual-degree programs, fill out the application available on the programs' web page (typically due in February).  Also necessary is an application for domestic off-campus study with the Study Abroad office.

For more information on engineering programs:

Daniel Scharstein, Professor of Computer Science and Pre-Engineering Advisor
phone: 802.443-2438

Early Assurance Premedical Program

Exceptionally well-qualified students may be considered for a special early-admissions program during the sophomore year. Candidates for early assurance should be absolutely sure they want to pursue a career in medicine, should be sure of the medical school they wish to attend, and must demonstrate clearly how the early assurance program will benefit them in a significant way. They should be active and productive in extra-academic endeavors, and their academic performance should be excellent. Those who are selected as early-assurance candidates will complete their Middlebury B.A. in normal course prior to entering medical school and will be expected to maintain high academic standards throughout their Middlebury tenure. The following medical schools currently offer Middlebury students the Early Assurance option:

Albany Medical School
University of Connecticut
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
University of Rochester
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY Upstate

Find further information about the Early Assurance Premedical Program