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. Students interested in the DML in Hebrew should contact hebrew-ls@middlebury.edu for application requirements, degree requirements and sample course of study.

See an overview of our Guidelines and Requirements and a Degree Requirements Chart with Sample Course of Study.

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

2020 Dates and Fees

Tuition: $6,600*
Room and Board: $3,425
Total: $10,025

Dissertation Fee: $3,025 (due upon dissertation submission)
Non-enrolled DML Fee: $560 per week

*Tuition for the Arabic School will be $6,955, for a total cost of $10,150. DML students who enroll in a school abroad pay full tuition, although they may elect to take less than a full load of courses.

Contact

Christina Ilgner
Doctor of Modern Languages, Assistant Director
802-443-5203
dml@middlebury.edu