Accelerated Degree Programs

Middlebury undergraduates can take advantage of graduate opportunities at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies through accelerated degree programs in which students earn a BA from Middlebury and an MA from the Institute in less than the usual two years.

Why consider an accelerated degree at the Institute?

  • You’ll have a transformative learning experience with the kind of close mentoring you are accustomed to receiving from Middlebury College faculty.
  • You’ll gain professional skills through experiential learning and internship opportunities.
  • You’ll be better prepared to launch a career in an international field of impact.
  • As a Middlebury graduate, you are eligible for a $10,000 Legacy Scholarship.
  • You’ll continue to be part of Middlebury, with its shared values and purpose.

Current accelerated programs

How to begin

Contact Professor of Political Science Orion Lewis ( He is the Faculty Advisor for Middlebury Institute accelerated degrees and works with students to identify the coursework and electives that best match the specific program requirements. The Institute may waive up to 30 credits for the degree. Students earn 30+ credits at the Institute, completing their master’s degree in one or one-and-a-half additional years after receiving a bachelor’s degree.

Ideal candidates

The ideal candidate for an accelerated master’s degree has completed coursework in a field relevant to the program of interest, and has advanced language skills and some international experience. Students often have several years of work experience between the completion of their bachelor’s degree and the beginning of their study at the Institute.

Planning ahead

Middlebury Institute experiences that you can pursue as an undergraduate may also contribute to your accelerated degree plan, including: