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 to the DML program 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 can be scheduled in March, then you can expect to receive an admissions 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 dml@middlebury.edu by May 1, to be approved by the L1 Director before the beginning of the summer session.

Application Requirements

1. Complete the Online Application, which includes short answer questions. The answers should be 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. Pay $75 Nonrefundable application fee.  You may pay by credit card at the time of application.
3. 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.

Electronic address:

Arabic: arabicschool@middlebury.edu
Chinese: chineseschool@middlebury.edu
French: frenchschool@middlebury.edu
German: germanschool@middlebury.edu
Hebrew: schoolofhebrew@middlebury.edu
Italian: italianschool@middlebury.edu
Russian: schoolofrussian@middlebury.edu
Spanish Graduate: spanishgraduate@middlebury.edu

Mailing address:

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

4. Submit three letters of recommendation using the online application. 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.

The following recommenders are all acceptable, 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:

ArabicGermanRussian
ChineseHebrewSpanish
FrenchItalian
5. 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
6. Online Language Assessment

Applicants will complete online placement exams in both DML languages, as part of the admissions process. 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.

Browser Requirement

To access the online application please ensure you are using one of the following browsers

  • Internet Explorer (version 11 or later)
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Google Chrome (version 22 of later)
  • Firefox (version 27 or later)
  • Safari (version 11 or later)

Apply Now >>  As of May 31, we are at full capacity for the following schools: Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. We will only consider new applications if a space becomes available.

DML Program

Middlebury Language Schools
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802.443.2006
F: 802.443.2075

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

Oliver Carling,
DML Coordinator

dml@middlebury.edu