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2022 Best Modern Languages Doctor's Degree Schools

5 Colleges in the United States
22 Doctor's Degrees
Modern Languages is about average in terms of popularity for doctor's degrees programs. That is, it ranks #333 out of the 815 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 5 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for modern languages students pursuing a doctor's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 22 doctor's degrees in modern languages during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Modern Languages School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Modern Languages Doctor's Degree Schools The modern languages doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 64% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 559 to 134 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to modern languages students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other modern languages students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized modern languages related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for modern languages students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Modern Languages Doctor's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Modern Languages in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in modern languages.

Top Schools for a Doctorate in Modern Languages

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY
1 Annual Graduates

Columbia University in the City of New York is a wonderful decision for individuals pursuing a doctor's degree in modern languages. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

More information about a doctorate in modern languages from Columbia University in the City of New York

#2

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IN
7 Annual Graduates

Purdue University - Main Campus is a great decision for students pursuing a doctor's degree in modern languages. Located in the small city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #83 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Purdue is a great university overall.

There were about 7 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Purdue in the most recent data year.

More information about a doctorate in modern languages from Purdue University - Main Campus

#3

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
4 Annual Graduates

University of Utah is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in modern languages. Located in the medium-sized city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 4 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Utah.

There were roughly 4 modern languages individuals who graduated with this degree at U of U in the most recent data year.

More information about a doctorate in modern languages from University of Utah

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TN
2 Annual Graduates

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is a good choice for students pursuing a doctor's degree in modern languages. UT Knoxville is a fairly large public university located in the city of Knoxville. This university ranks 8th out of 19 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were roughly 2 modern languages individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Knoxville in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a doctorate in modern languages from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

#5

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MI
3 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Detroit, Wayne State is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 13th out of 20 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 3 modern languages students who graduated with this degree at Wayne State in the most recent data year.

More information about a doctorate in modern languages from Wayne State University

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One of 5 majors within the Linguistics & Comparative Literature area of study, Modern Languages has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics 232
Comparative Literature 167
Language Translation 13
Other Linguistic, Comparative, & Related Language Studies & Services 13

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pandit Rahul Sanskrutayan, Banshidhar Mohanty. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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