Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate degrees are for students who have already acquired graduate-level proficiency in their language. The GRE is not required. Please see the application deadlines.

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. Applicants who will not hold a BA, or who plan to attend for one summer only for professional development, should select the 6-week nondegree program.

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.

Application Requirements (Graduate Level)

The application will open on November 1. Select "Middlebury Language Schools – Language Pledge®” and then "Start Application" from the application website when you sign-up. Next select “Graduate Level – New Applicants (MA & DML)" (if you are a new student) or "Graduate Level – Returning Students (returning MA & DML students)" (if you are returning student). Finally select your language and "Summer 2020."

Before beginning, please gather your recommender's email address and consult your School page (below) for additional information. Current Middlebury student instructions.

1. Online application

The 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)

Please provide official transcript(s), either sealed in an envelope or emailed from your registrar, 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.

International 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: