Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT


To be eligible for admission, candidates must hold an MA in English. All students are accepted provisionally for the first summer. During that summer, MLitt candidates design their own fields of concentration, in consultation with Bread Loaf's associate director.

Readmission is based on the successful completion of the first summer’s work and an approved program of study. Rarely is a candidate for the degree denied readmission, but students will not be allowed to register for second-year courses until the program of study has been approved.
Although no thesis is required, in the final summer any student pursuing a literary track must pass a comprehensive written and oral examination, which covers the field of concentration and is based on texts and issues the student has defined as central to the program of study. Ordinarily, writing students will present a portfolio of creative or pedagogical work, and theater students will produce an appropriate dramatic project; in both cases, this work may be carried out in conjunction with an Independent Reading Project. Students should be in touch with the associate director during the penultimate summer to discuss plans for the culminating work.

Degrees Offered


Residency type

Full (Summers only)

Program length

10 classes (4-10 summers)

Cross-genre study

Curriculum is self-designed.


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