Doctor of Modern Languages

The Doctor of Modern Languages (DML) degree program, established in 1927, is unique to Middlebury College and reflects a commitment to the promotion of excellence in second language acquisition, literature, linguistics, and language pedagogy. The DML, offered in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian and Spanish prepares teachers and scholars in two modern foreign languages as well as the literature, linguistics and culture associated with each. A student applying to the DML program should normally have an M.A. degree in the Language 1 (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish) or may, with the approval of the Associate Vice President for Language Schools and Graduate Programs and the Director, substitute an M.A. in a related field such as comparative literature or linguistics, providing he/she has the necessary linguistic proficiency. It is expected that the M.A. language will become the principal DML language. 

In addition to supporting documents described in the Language Schools application instructions, DML applicants must complete placement exams and undergo oral interviews in both of their DML languages as a part of the application process. Only applicants who have demonstrated doctoral-level (minimum of Advanced-Mid) proficiency in both the first and second DML languages will be admitted to the program.

Upon preliminary acceptance to the program, the applicant submits the topic of a Qualifying Paper and preliminary bibliography electronically to the DML coordinator by May 1, to be approved by the L1 Director before the beginning of the summer session.

Before formal admission to the DML program, an accepted applicant completes a summer of candidacy at the Italian School at Mills College. During this summer, the applicant enrolls in two graduate courses and writes a Qualifying Paper in that language which counts as a third course. 

For information on DML deadlines and requirements, please click here.

The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5727
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joseph Tamagni, Coordinator