Doctor of Modern Language Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the DML program must have received a Master of Arts degree in French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish, and must be sufficiently proficient to do advanced graduate-level work in one of these languages or in Arabic, Chinese, or Hebrew.

It is expected that the MA language will become the principal DML language. With permission of the Dean of Language Schools, a student who has the requisite language proficiency may substitute an MA in a related field, such as linguistics or comparative literature.

The deadline for completing applications is March 1, by which time we must receive all transcripts and recommendations. Upon submission of your application, you will receive instructions for completing proficiency assessments in the principal and secondary DML languages; each language assessment may include online testing, an essay, and an interview. Please complete the online and written components at your earliest convenience, and no later than March 15. If interviews are scheduled in March, then you can expect to receive a decision by April 15.
Upon preliminary admission to the program, the applicant should submit a one-page description of the topic of the Qualifying Paper (in the target language) and a preliminary bibliography of no more than one page to by May 1, to be approved by the L1 Director before the beginning of the summer session.

Application Requirements

1. Online application

Includes short answer questions (200 words total in English):

  • Your formal and informal experience with both languages, including travel, study, or residence abroad
  • How you learned about Middlebury's programs
  • Your reasons for wanting to study the languages you have chosen
  • Your career goals
  • Any additional information that you consider relevant to your application
2. $75 Application Fee

You may pay the nonrefundable fee by credit card at the time of application.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Submit your official transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended, whether or not you studied a foreign language there. All transcripts must be in English, with translations prepared by a certified credentialing service.

Foreign transcripts submitted by applicants applying to Middlebury's MA or DML degree programs must be accompanied by a translated course-by-course evaluation report, performed by a certified educational credential evaluation service. Official transcripts can be submitted by email or mail.


Language Schools - (specify your Language School here)
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

4. Three Recommendation Letters

Once you enter the name of your recommender on the application, an email will be generated and sent to the recommender along with a link to fill out the recommendation form. Your recommender will be receiving an email from Language Schools-Admissions ( and should check the spam folder if s/he does not receive the email. The following recommenders are listed here in order of preference:

  • language instructors with whom you have studied the target language (from the past two years)
  • recent instructors with whom you have studied other languages or disciplines
  • work supervisors from professional or volunteer work, or colleagues
5. Specific Program Instructions

Each graduate program of the Language Schools has somewhat different application requirements. To ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents, please click on the relevant link below:

6. Additional Information

You must submit a statement of approximately 200 words (in English) in which you describe:

  • your formal and informal experience with both languages, including travel, study, or residence abroad
  • how you learned about Middlebury's programs
  • your reasons for wanting to study the languages you have chosen
  • your career goals
  • any additional information that you consider relevant to your application
7. Online Language Assessment

Applicants will complete online placement exams in both DML languages. If successful, they will undergo oral interviews in both languages. Applicants must demonstrate advanced proficiency in both languages in order to be admitted to the program. Instructions for taking the online placement exam will be provided by the coordinator of the principal language school.

DML Program

Middlebury Language Schools
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802.443.5203

Admissions Questions: Contact School Assistant Director of principal DML language (French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian)

Tina Ellison,
DML Assistant Director