Requirements for Master of Arts Degree

Students can apply for the summer sessions at any point (however, it is recommended to apply early). Due to visa requirements, the deadline for the summer session followed by the academic year abroad is May 1. You must have a valid passport at least six months after the end date of the program. The GRE is not required.

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. 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

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

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)

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

Students interested in the Applied Languages MA should indicate their preferance in the 1st essay question and email their school coordinator. 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: