Students may attend Bread Loaf for one or more summers and take courses in continuing graduate education, or they may enroll in full degree programs, leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Letters degrees in English.

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The Bread Loaf Program

The normal summer program of study consists of two courses (one unit each) in New Mexico and Vermont or one two-unit course at Oxford. Courses meet five hours a week or the equivalent. After the first summer students with an excellent academic record may request permission to take a third course for credit in New Mexico or Vermont or an independent tutorial (for one unit of credit) at Oxford.

Bread Loaf degrees are usually earned in four or five summers. Students may transfer up to two units of credit from another institution and they may undertake up to two Independent Reading Projects. (Candidates for the MLitt may undertake more than two IRPs.) Nondegree students who come for one or more summers of professional development will receive a Certificate in Continuing Graduate Education at the end of each summer.

No course counted for a degree elsewhere can be used as part of a Bread Loaf degree.

Bread Loaf's Innovative Theater Program

At Bread Loaf's Vermont campus, professional actors work alongside students and faculty both in and outside of the classroom: