Approach your Spanish studies with intention—building language skills and cultural awareness in preparation for a future in business, government, academia, public health, and dozens of other fields.
The program options offer the flexibility you need to earn a graduate degree in Spanish while pursuing your academic and career goals.
Graduate Degree Options
- Master in Spanish (optional abroad component)
- Master in Applied Languages Spanish (required abroad component)
- Doctor of Modern Languages (DML)
- Non-Degree Graduate Option
All graduate students must successfully complete an initial 6-week graduate summer session on the Vermont campus before establishing their candidacy for the Master of Arts degree. The Spanish master’s degree requires the 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.
Depending on which degree option you pursue, you may choose to do 4 summers in Vermont, 3 summers in Vermont with summer in Buenos Aires, or summer in Vermont followed by a year in Madrid. See more about our locations.
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 graduate option. The GRE is not required. See additional Spanish application instructions.
- BA (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution
- Graduate-level proficiency in the language
Thanks to the support of generous donors (including many Language Schools alumni) and Middlebury’s commitment to providing 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.
Students who earn a graduate degree in Spanish pursue rewarding careers and opportunities in a range of fields:
MA in Spanish
- Doctoral programs
- Teaching or academic administration
- Social work
- Speech and language pathology
- Nonprofit organizations
MA in Applied Languages
- Language Teaching
- Social and Community Action
- Cultural Heritage and Tourism Studies
Talk to a graduate of our Master of Arts 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.