Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in digital humanities (DH) prepares graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to access and manage humanistic data, apply digital methods, and think critically about technology and computation. To complete the certificate, students will design and prototype an original DH project, from concept to final output, but will also become conversant in the debates, conversations, and theories of digital scholarship.

Admission Requirements

Minimum TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 77 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must achieve the following minimum test scores, in addition to the overall required score of at least 77: reading, 19; listening, 14; speaking, 18; and writing, 18. Applicants taking the IELTS must score at least 6.5 on the Academic Module. Applicants taking the PTE must score at least 58.

Note: Per US regulations, a visa cannot be issued for a residential certificate program only. Non-dual program applicants will need to already reside in the US before being accepted into the Digital Humanities graduate certificate program.

12 credit hours total from below: 

Required Courses

ILS 630: Digital Humanities Foundations
ILS 595: Independent Study-Digital Humanities Capstone Experience

Elective Courses

This is not a comprehensive list, and new courses are offered and added all the time. For questions about whether a course will satisfy an elective, contact Matthew Hannah at

AD 616: Electronic and Time-Based Art
ANTH 523/ILS595: GIS for Humanities and Social Science Research
COMM 559: From Mass Media to Social Media
COMM 632: Digital Scholarship in Humanities and Social Sciences
COMM 674: Introduction to Programming and Data Science
ENGL 605: Computers in Language and Rhetoric
ENGL 618: Quantitative Research
ENGL 619: Qualitative Research in Second Language Studies
ENGL 628: Natural Language Processing
ENGL 669: Visual Culture/Visual Theory
ENGL 680: Games and Digital Studio
HIST 651: History and Public Engagement in Modern America
ILS 595: Data Management and Curation for Qualitative Research  
ILS 595: Critical Data Studies 
ILS 631: Digital and Analog Archives
ILS 695: Introduction to Computational Text Analysis
POL 605: Linear Models/Causal Inference



Please remember that in order to qualify for admission to the digital humanities graduate certificate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a graduate student in good standing in any discipline at Purdue University or Purdue Global.

Application Process

To be considered for the digital humanities graduate certificate program, an application must be completed and submitted via the Admissions' online application portal by the deadlines provided below. You must complete the application in the system and pay an application fee to be considered for the certificate program. A current CV is required.  

Completed applications will be reviewed after each deadline. 

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

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Request Information

For more information regarding the digital humanities graduate certificate, please contact one of the following via email or phone: 

Dr. Matthew Hannah

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities
Libraries and School of Information Studies

Karen Hum

Director of Assessment
Libraries and School of Information Studies
Phone:  765-496-1554


Once the certificate program requirements have been fulfilled, please contact Matthew Hannah . Your completion requirements will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding the status of your certificate program completion. Please keep in mind that an application is required via the online application portal. 

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Digital Humanities Certificates