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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.

Curriculum

All graduate students must successfully complete an initial 6-week graduate summer session on the Vermont campus before establishing their candidacy for the MA degree. The MA degree requires 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 a summer in Buenos Aires, or a summer in Vermont followed by a year in Madrid. See more about our locations.

Graduate Degree Options

Eligibility

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.

  • BA (or equivalent) in a related field
  • Graduate-level proficiency in language

Funding

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 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
  • Government
  • Nonprofit organizations

MA in Applied Languages

  • Teaching Spanish as a second Language
  • Migration and Development (NGO’s, public service community programs, etc.)
  • Heritage and Culture Tourism (museums, tourist bureaus, natural parks, etc.)

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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