Degree Requirements & Regulations

MA Candidacy

After successful completion of the summer of candidacy (three units of credit at the graduate-level), a student is officially recognized as a candidate for the Master of Arts degree.

Course Requirements

Twelve units of credit, minimum grade in each course is B-.  One unit equals three semester hours.

Course Options

For a complete list of courses, please see Vermont Courses, Madrid Courses, and Buenos Aires Courses.

Transfer Credit

After the summer of candidacy, students may transfer in up to three units of credit to complete the required remaining nine units of credit. This option excludes the Applied Languages degree. 

Students may not transfer in their last three courses since they must be in residence to present their paper.

General Limitations

All credits toward a Middlebury MA (earned at Middlebury or as transfer credits) expire ten years after the study was completed:  i.e. courses taken during the summer of 2018 will no longer be valid toward a Middlebury degree as of August 2028.


In order to assess progress, students entering the MA in Spanish or the MA in Applied Spanish are required to do a public presentation in the form of a conference paper. This will evaluate the following areas:

a)       oral expression
b)       written expression
c)       academic content
d)       professional capacity

This public presentation will consist of the following procedure:

After completing 6 credits--

  • a third summer in Vermont or Buenos Aires;
  • or Fall semester in Madrid for those wishing to complete the program in the spring;
  • or Spring semester in Madrid for those who will finish in the following summer,

students will present a draft of their proposed paper (approximately 7 pages) to the designated professor representing one of the areas covered by the program: language/linguistics, literature, culture, pedagogy.  The professor will read the draft and give the student feedback on how to improve the paper for a public presentation.

The Spanish School will organize a forum as a professional meeting, divided by specializations in language/linguistics, literature, culture, or pedagogy.  In Vermont and Buenos Aires, a day will be designated for this activity (most likely one Saturday) during the third week of July. In Madrid, also a day will be designated (most likely a Friday) during the month of April.

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length (approximately 7 written pages), and should focus on the main themes that students have explored in their readings. They should be as specific as possible, avoid unneeded information (in the case of literature, biographical data about writers, long descriptions of plots, etc.), and demonstrate analytical skills. Two printed copies should be given in advance to the presentation evaluators.

There will be two professors on each panel, in order to evaluate the work of students. One of the professors will serve as moderator of the panel. A rubric will be established to determine the expectations and evaluation criteria of the presentations.

At the end of the presentations, the two faculty members will meet to make an evaluation. The presentations will be evaluated on a pass/ non-pass basis. The rubric (also given to the respective students) will help the director of the School to assess strengths and weaknesses of the program. In the case of a non-pass situation, students will need to re-do their presentation within a two-week period. A passing score will be necessary to obtain the degree. The public presentation will not be recorded on the academic transcript.

For students with special needs, the director and the ADA coordinator will discuss how to best accommodate their circumstances in order to fulfill this requirement.

Students may not transfer in their last three courses since they must be in residence to present their paper.


Students in the MA in Applied Languages:  Spanish will complete an academically directed internship (a minimum of 130 hours) in their area of specialization. The internship enhances and strengthens foreign language skills, deepens social immersion in a foreign culture, and gains in-depth experience within a foreign work environment specific to the chosen field which may lead to future career opportunities.  

Program Courses
Language Pledge

At Middlebury, studying a language means more than the pursuit of linguistic fluency. Middlebury's Language Pledge, the agreement to speak only Spanish during your time in the program, helps to create a unique immersion environment designed to support independent exploration, maximize language acquisition, and foster the cultural understanding you need to thrive in the classroom and in the Spanish-speaking world.

School of Spanish

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
School of Spanish
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539