Applications Deadlines

  Date Decision By
Priority Deadline February 1 March 3
Final Deadline April 15 May 15

Additional Requirements

In addition to the general application requirements, applicants to the MA in Japanese must complete and/or be aware of the following:

Letters of Recommendation

The following recommenders are acceptable, listed in our order of preference. Contact with the recommender must be within the past two years.

  • Supervisors or colleagues who can speak to your TJFL or JET experience
  • Instructors or advisors who are familiar with your academic work in Japanese and competent to evaluate it 
  • Recent teachers in other languages or disciplines.

Please submit the name and email address of your recommenders in the online application form. Recommenders will receive an email with a link to an online form to submit the recommendation. 

Language Proficiency

MA courses are primarily taught in Japanese and many of the required reading materials are in English, so proficiency in both is required.

For Non-Native Speakers of English

Minimum TOEFL IBT scores: 100 overall, 25 reading, 25 listening, 23 speaking, 27 writing

Minimum IELTS scores: 7.5 Overall, 7.5 Listening and Reading, No Sub-score below 7.5 Please upload your scores in the Proficiency Scores section of the online application.

Interview with Japanese faculty designated by our director.

BA (or equivalent) from regionally accredited institution.

For Non-Native Speakers of Japanese

A minimum ACTFL OPI score of Intermediate High is required. Applicants may either submit an official OPI score from ACTFL or take our on-line language assessment.  Please upload your scores in the Proficiency Scores section of the online application.

Interview with Japanese faculty designated by our director.

BA or equivalent degree.

Writing Sample

A one-page statement of purpose in both Japanese and English, with a description of your educational background, your experience with Japanese and your objectives for choosing this program.

Please upload one document in both Japanese and English in the Writing Sample section of the online application.

Curriculum Vitae

Please submit your CV by email to japaneseschool@middlebury.edu