Graduate Summers in Vermont

At the German School, you may pursue your MA in German on our campus in Vermont over the course of four summers, or during one preliminary summer followed by an academic year in Potsdam (near Berlin) or Mainz. The Middlebury MA program in German is designed as a broadly-based program of study in itself, rather than as the first stage of a doctoral program.

In the classroom, you'll analyze topics from philosophy and politics to literature, history, art, and film. Outside the classroom, you will build your language skills and cultural understanding in a variety of cocurricular activities including soccer, choir, theater, yoga, volleyball, films, concerts, chamber music groups, hiking, and debates on current issues, art history discussions and philosophy. The six-week sessions are intensive, but if you are up to the challenge you can earn your MA in just four summers.

The MA degree in German requires twelve courses to be completed successfully. No grade below a B- may be applied to a Middlebury MA degree. A normal load for graduate students is three courses/units per summer, for four summers. First-year graduate students are placed in the courses most appropriate to their linguistic proficiency as determined by the results of placement exams taken prior to registration.

Students must successfully complete a preliminary "summer of application" in Vermont before being officially accepted to degree candidacy. A highly qualified undergraduate student may accumulate a maximum of six graduate units toward a Middlebury MA degree before receipt of the BA degree or equivalent, but these units may not count toward both degrees.

The German School

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14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Tina Ellison, Coordinator