Graduate certificate in Digital Humanities

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities meets the current and growing need for training in digital humanities tools and techniques among graduate students, academics, librarians, and those in extra-academic sectors. It offers world-class training in Digital Humanities methods, approaches, and content through courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, and the DHSI's partner entities: Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT), Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS), and the Digital Humanities programme at Universitat Leipzig.

Uniquely, this program allows the hundreds of those who come to Victoria each summer for DHSI to receive graduate university credit for the work they've done while at DHSI. The Certificate is proudly offered through the English Department at the University of Victoria, in cooperation with the DHSI.

Participating faculty

In addition to members of the English Department at the University of Victoria who specialize in Digital Humanities, including Ray Siemens, Jentery Sayers, Janelle Jenstad, Alison Chapman, and Stephen Ross, the participating faculty for the DH Certificate include many of those listed on the DHSI website.


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The Graduate Certificate in DH would like to thank our inaugural sponsor, Gale Cengage Learning, for providing scholarship funding to deserving students in our first cohort. These funds made it possible for students who would otherwise have been excluded to attend the GCDH in 2015. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Gale Cengage Learning in the coming years. 

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The curriculum blends computational methods and theories with humanities research and pedagogy, specifically addressing the demand for graduates who are proficient in computing and will contribute to growth areas such as information management, multimedia communication, social computing, game design, digital preservation, and data visualization; at the same time, the program also prepares graduates for active participation in the digital dimensions of humanities research, including prototyping, encoding, and data processing.

Graduates of the program are well positioned for project coordination and leadership roles in emerging digital, mobile, and database-driven projects, serving as informed liaisons between programmers, technical writers, new media artists, researchers, and user communities; and well beyond. Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of liberal arts and humanities traditions in digital culture and pertinent computational contexts.

  • Develop competences at the intersection of critical thinking and computational practices and mobilize them toward problems relevant to society at large.

  • Create, document and catalogue digital data, including authoring electronic texts.

  • Conduct humanities research based on digital data through qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • Analyze and reflect on the social and technical aspects and impacts of Digital Humanities.

  • Demonstrate the ability to work as collaborators and managers in multi-disciplinary teams and projects.

Requirements for graduation are the completion of a total of 5 courses (of which a maximum of two may be transferred; see below) as below, each proficiency‐based and involving a minimum of 35 contact hours. Courses may be taken across DHSI at UVic, other local offerings of digital humanities courses within the faculty, and (up to two) at institutes in the DHSI network and/or institutions affiliated with the certificate program. Students must complete at least one course in each of the five areas outlined below:

1. DHUM 501 Introduction to Digital Humanities

2. DHUM 502 Core Concepts and Skills 

3. DHUM 503 Remediation and Curation

4. DHUM 504 Creation, Communication, and Dissemination

5. DHUM 505 Analysis, Teaching, and Administration

Please note that DHUM 501 is offered in the week immediately preceding the first week of the DHSI.

Please see this document for an outline of DHSI 2016 courses designated to fulfill these required areas. 

Please visit Digital Humanities Summer Institute for descriptions of the courses. 

Typically, students attend the DHSI, held annually in June, to take courses for credit in the Certificate. There is no residency requirement per se, but the requirement that three of the courses must be taken through the DHSI or UVic necessitates at least three weeks of attendance on campus. These may be accumulated one or two in any given year, depending on the offerings of the DHSI.

Incoming students will be arranged into cohorts for the DHUM 501 Introduction to Digital Humanities required course (those who receive a waiver for this course will still be placed into a cohort). Each cohort will have a UVic faculty member as a coordinator. This faculty member will assess final projects for the courses taken for credit in the Certificate programme, and will be the cohort's instructional leader.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of two courses (3.0 units) may be transferred for credit in the Certificate Programme, so long as the course or courses conform to regulations for the transfer of academic credit in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. There is no fee to transfer credits.


Students may request a waiver of the requirement to take DHUM 501, based on prior experience in Digital Humanities. If the waiver is granted, students must still make up the units that would have been met by taking DHUM 501, typically by taking a second section of DHUM 502, 503, 504, or 505. 

Directed Readings
DHUM 590 allows students to pursue individual research with a faculty supervisor as a substitute for one of the required courses listed above. Permission to undertake a Directed Reading must be obtained from the Department and the content of the proposed Directed Reading must fit under the rubric of the required course it is meant to replace.

Applications for admission to the GCDH are accepted on a continuous basis from 1 August - 29 April each year, though acceptances will be cut-off when the programme has reached capacity. We recommend applying early to avoid disappointment. 

Apply for admission to the Certificate in DH through UVic Graduate Admissions and Records.

  1. establish an application profile and select your programme
    • The programme is listed under English, since that is the department sponsoring the Certificate

                                    - select a May entry date (201605)

      2. Provide 

    • transcripts or evidence of professional training and standing
    • two letters of reference
    • a c.v. 

                (ALL applicants, regardless of current position or standing, must provide these materials)

        3. pay the application fee

Though you may apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate programme at any time, you will not register for DHUM courses until the spring. 

How to Register

There are two registration processes. YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH to get credit in the Certificate programme. UVic’s registration and DHSI’s registration are separate and BOTH are necessary to complete. 

1. Visit Digital Humanities Summer Institute and register for classes corresponding to the DHUM 500 level courses for which you wish to receive credit (see this document for equivalences). 

You will be able to register for DHSI courses several months before you can register for UVic courses. Do so, to ensure that you will be able to get into the DHSI courses you desire. If you wait until UVic registration opens you may find that the DHSI courses are already full by the time you try to register. 

You will be required to pay full DHSI tuition fees at the time of registration, but once your status in the GCDH has been confirmed you will be refunded the difference between the full fee and the discounted DHSI tuition fee for GCDH participants. 

2. Follow the links in your email of acceptance into the GCDH programme to register with UVic. 

Though you will already have registered for courses at the DHSI, you will still have to register for the corresponding course numbers at UVic in early spring. (To determine which DHSI courses correspond to which DHUM courses, see this document)

If you are in doubt as to equivalences, please email the Director of the GCDH,


As with registration, THERE ARE TWO FEE PROCESSES to be completed:

  1. Each course in the DHSI is charged at a discounted rate of $300 per course for Certificate participants. You will be required to pay full DHSI tuition fees at the time of registration, but once your status in the GCDH has been confirmed you will be refunded the difference between the full fee and the discounted DHSI tuition fee for GCDH participants.
  2. Additionally, each course in the Certificate programme is assessed a fee by the University of Victoria:

Domestic Students: $1530 CAD per course
International Students: $1836 CAD per course

In sum, each course will cost a domestic student $1830 CAD ($1530 UVic fee + $300 DHSI fee), and each course will cost an international student $2136 CAD ($1836 UVic fee + $300 DHSI fee). 

The total for the Certificate, which comprises 5 courses, will thus be 

- Domestic Students $9150 CAD

- International Students $10,680 CAD

Transfer credits have no fees attached to them. Transfer credit may be received for a maximum of two courses, providing adequate documentation is provided.

In addition to completing the requirements of the DHSI courses in which they are enrolled, students taking the Certificate will be assessed according to the following suite of assignments in each week of their course of study. 

Grading follows the UVic Faculty of Graduate Studies percentages and letter-grade equivalences. 

Log entries 50% (5 x 10%)
Final Project Presentation 10%
Final Project White Paper 20%
Final Project Digital Object 20%

Log entries

Once in each course, you will demonstrate your critical engagement in the course via a “log entry.”  Intended to be both brief and concise, a log entry may include everything from an HTML or CSS exercise to composing a digital map. For each assigned entry, an instruction prompt and intended learning outcomes will be conveyed, in class and published to our Zotero group. There is one log entry for each of the five courses required for the Certificate. 

Final Project

The final project consists of:

  • A short “lightning talk” presentation of your project (maximum five minutes), worth 10% of the course grade
  • A white paper of approximately 900-1000 words specific to the project, worth 20% of the course grade
  • A digital object (something you make), worth 20% of the course grade
Detailed guidelines for these three aspects of the final project will be distributed in class.

The DHSI offers reduced rates to Certificate participants for all its courses. 

The English Department has ten $500 awards available to students who register in the 2016 program. Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need. No separate application is necessary.
In addition to the awards offered by the English Department, the University of Victoria Libraries offers the UVic Libraries Gale Digital Collections Award. $2500 is available to be distributed among students who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate at UVic. Preference will be given to students with an MLIS degree or currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program, and to those applicants who have not been awarded previously. Candidates must complete a brief summary, of no more than 250 words, outlining their goals for the program. The application deadline is April 1. For more information and to receive an application package, contact Christine Walde (, Grants and Awards Librarian at UVic Libraries.
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