The Doctor of Modern Languages degree, established in 1927, is unique to Middlebury and differs from the more traditional Ph.D.

The Doctor of Modern Languages (DML) prepares teacher-scholars in two modern foreign languages. Middlebury’s intent in the design of the DML program is to provide an alternative to the Ph.D. that retains the traditional focus on depth in research while meeting the special needs of language teachers and administrators for competence in the areas of second language acquisition, literature, linguistics and cultural studies.

The DML curriculum incorporates pedagogical and cultural elements and is sufficiently flexible to accommodate the professional commitments of in-service teachers. All of the course requirements for the DML can be met by attending summer sessions of the Middlebury Language Schools.

See an overview of our Guidelines and Requirements and a Degree Requirements Chart with Sample Course of StudyFor the Hebrew DML program, please see an overview of the School of Hebrew Guidelines and Requirements

Academic Program

The DML program includes graduate-level courses in both the principal (L1) and secondary (L2) languages, comprehensive exams in the principal language, documentation of residency abroad and teaching experience, and a dissertation and oral defense. See your languages of interest for information on your principal and secondary languages.

DML applicants should submit an application to the L1 language only.

Principal Language Options

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Secondary Language Options

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Chinese

2021 Dates and Fees

Tuition: $6,800
Room and Board: $3,525
Total: $10,325

Dissertation Fee: $3,115 (due upon dissertation submission)
Non-enrolled DML Fee: $580 per week

Contact

  • Christina Ilgner, Assistant Director of the Doctor of Modern Languages: General information about degree requirements of the traditional DML program
  • Assistant Director of the School: Information about the DML admissions process and the experience of DML students at a particular Language School
  • School of Hebrew: Information about the Hebrew DML program