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Whether you plan to use your Russian as a researcher, regional expert, diplomat, teacher, or translator, this powerful program will help you focus your studies and achieve your career goals.

Graduate Degree Options

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The key to it all is the Language Pledge®—an agreement you make to communicate only in Russian for the duration of the program.

Reading, writing, speaking, and thinking in Russian, you will challenge yourself as never before and push your language skills to a higher level than you imagined possible. You’ll also take part in cocurricular activities ranging from art and cooking to music and sports—all conducted in Russian.

And while abroad, experience the culture first-hand—studying at a local university, exploring urban oases and historic sites, and building relationships with the people who call this deeply traditional and rapidly evolving nation home.


Graduate degrees are for students who have already acquired graduate-level proficiency in their language and have generally studied their language for four years or longer, unless they are native speakers. Applicants who will not hold a BA, or who plan to attend for one summer only for professional development, should select the 6-week non-degree program. The GRE is not required. See additional Russian application instructions.


Thanks to the support of generous donors (including many Language Schools alumni) and Middlebury’s commitment to provide an opportunity for as many students as possible, we are pleased to offer significant need-based financial aid and merit-based fellowships and scholarships for graduate students.

Career Outcomes

Students who earn a graduate degree in Russian pursue rewarding careers and opportunities in a range of fields:

  • Doctoral programs
  • Teaching or academic administration
  • Social work
  • Speech and language pathology
  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations

Talk to a graduate of our MA program, and you’ll likely hear them describe the remarkable language acquisition and academic achievement that has dramatically broadened their perspective and helped them to realize their career goals.

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