The Bread Loaf School of English


New Student Admission

Eligibility for Admission

Applicants may apply either as Continuing Education students or as candidates for an MA or an MLitt degree. To be eligible for admission, all candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) from  a regionally  accredited college or university. Additionally, MLitt candidates must hold an MA in English.

Exceptional undergraduates may also apply for admission after completing the equivalent of three years towards the BA.

New Student Admissions

Applications for admission for all new candidates may be submitted from July 15 to May 21, using the form available at Admissions decisions are made starting the second week of January.

In addition to the online form, an application to Bread Loaf must include:

  • official transcripts for undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work;
  •  two letters of reference;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • a writing sample (7–10 pages for continuing education and MA candidates; 12–15 pages for MLitt candidates);
  • a $65 application fee (this fee is waived for Middlebury undergraduates and alumni, and for anyone who has paid a Middlebury or Bread Loaf application fee in the past).  

Deferral of Admission

Applicants who are accepted but are unable to attend Bread Loaf in the summer for which they applied may defer admission for up to 2 years. To activate a deferred admission, applicants should resubmit the online application form; they need not resubmit supporting materials or pay another application fee. These applications should be submitted during the regular admissions season (July 15 to May 21) for the summer which the applicant plans to attend. Enrollment in any given year will depend on the availability of space in the program that year (not the year of the initial application).