Requirements for Master of Arts Degree

Graduate degrees are for students who have already acquired graduate-level proficiency in their language. Applicants have generally studied their language for four years or longer, unless they are native speakers. Applicants must hold a BA or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution and must have completed course work equivalent to a major in the target language or be able to demonstrate the equivalent level of linguistic proficiency. The GRE is not required. 

Applicants who will not hold a BA, or who plan to attend for one summer only, should select the 6-week nondegree program. Up to three graduate nondegree units may be applied toward an MA degree at the Language Schools. Qualified students who would like to take courses for professional development but do not intend to earn an MA are welcome to apply.

All graduate students must successfully complete an initial 6-week graduate summer session on either the Vermont or California campus before establishing their candidacy for the MA degree. The MA degree requires successful completion of 12 course units. Middlebury awards one unit of graduate credit (equivalent to three semester hours) for each graduate course. The normal course load is 3 course units per summer.

You may enroll in courses in one MA, but are welcome to apply to more than one. Those applying to the summer program followed by the academic year abroad must apply by May 1 (Germany: April 15) and have a valid passport at least six months after the end date of the program.

Application Requirements

Before beginning your application, please gather your recommender's email address and consult your School page (below) for additional information that you should prepare. Current Middlebury student instructionsInternational students go through the same application process.

1. Online application

Includes short answer questions (200 words total in English):

  • Your formal and informal experience with the language, including travel, study, or residence abroad
  • How you learned about Middlebury's programs
  • Your reasons for wanting to study the language you have chosen
  • Your career goals
  • Any additional information that you consider relevant to your application
2. $75 Application Fee

You may pay the nonrefundable fee by credit card at the time of application.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Submit your official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended, whether or not you studied a foreign language there. All transcripts must be in English, with translations prepared by a certified credentialing service.

Foreign transcripts submitted by applicants applying to Middlebury's MA or DML degree programs must be accompanied by an original translated course-by-course evaluation report, performed by a certified educational credential evaluation service. Official transcripts can be submitted by email or mail.


Language Schools - (specify your Language School here)
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

4. Three Recommendation Letters

Once you enter the name of your recommender on the application, an email will be generated and sent to the recommender along with a link to fill out the recommendation form. Your recommender will be receiving an email from Language Schools-Admissions ( and should check the spam folder if s/he does not receive the email. The following recommenders are listed here in order of preference:

  • Language instructors with whom you have studied the target language (from the past two years)
  • Recent instructors with whom you have studied other languages or disciplines
  • Work supervisors from professional or volunteer work, or colleagues
5. Specific Program Instructions

Each graduate program of the Language Schools has somewhat different application requirements. To ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents, please click on the relevant link below: