Digital Humanities

This is a Graduate Certificate with a Digital Humanities emphasis

The University of Missouri Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (GCDH) is a 12 credit hour, online and hybrid delivery, interdisciplinary Master’s / Ph.D. certification offered through the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities verifies that students are equipped with skills in interdisciplinary research using new digital technologies—skills that university researchers and public and private sector employers recognize as essential in the 21st Century.

“Digital Humanities” (DH) is a rapidly growing “bridge discipline” spanning various subject areas: liberal arts, library and information science, communication arts, media studies, education, journalism, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science and technology, computer science, and informatics.  Also, the contexts of the academy, libraries, archives, museums, media, and industry are important for understanding Digital Humanities. A DH scholar uses new computational and statistical tools and methods to address research problems in arts and humanities subject areas, and they apply humanistic modes of inquiry and interpretation to information, “big data,” new electronic media, and computer science.

  • Delivery mode: online, on-campus, or hybrid*
    *Delivery mode varies based on courses chosen by the student in consultation with their committee.
  • Credit hours: 12 + digital project
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Teacher Education Accreditation Council
  • Estimated program cost: $4,997.88**
    **This is an estimate for illustrative purposes only; hours and fees will vary. See more about tuition and financial aid.


Students who register for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities will form a committee of two professors who will supervise their program. The supervisor will typically be from the student’s home discipline in the humanities, social sciences, or professional school (e.g., English, Romance Languages, Classics, History, Sociology, Computer Science, Library & Information Science, or Journalism). The other advisor will be from the iSchool

The graduate certificate requires 12 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes coursework in two categories:

  • Required (6 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours). Selected by students in consultation with their committee

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Required Courses (6 credit hours)

  • IS_LT 9439: Digital Humanities & Information (3)
  • IS_LT 7302: Organization Of Information (3)

Example Electives Course Options

Face to Face (on campus) seminar courses

  • Graduate Courses offered across divisions at MU (as approved by the student’s committee)

Online Synchronous Courses offered through the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

  • IS_LT 9423: Ethics, Data, and Information (1-3)
  • IS_LT 7305: Introduction to Library and Information Science (3)
  • IS_LT 9423: History of Books and Media (3)
  • IS_LT: 7310: Seminar: Game Design & Evaluation (3)
  • IS_LT: 7310 Seminar: Designing 3D Virtual Environments(3)
  • IS_LT: 7310 Seminar: Mobile App Development (3)
  • IS_LT: 7312: Principles of Cataloging and Classification (3)
  • IS_LT: 7360: Introduction to Web Development (3)
  • IS_LT: 7358: Web Application Development II (3)
  • IS_LT: 7370: Intermediate Web Development (3)
  • IS_LT: 7334: Library Information Systems (3)
  • IS_LT: 7361: Introduction to Digital Media (3)
  • IS_LT 7378: Electronic Portfolio Development (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Designing Serious Games (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Information Visualization (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Introduction to Archives Management (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Learning Analytics (3)
  • IS_LT: IS_LT 9410: MetaData (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Rapid Development Tools (3)
  • IS_LT: 9410 Seminar: Mind Tools (3)
  • IS_LT 9410: Usability of Information Systems & Services (3)
  • IS_LT 9450: Introduction to Research in Library and Information Science (3)
  • IS_LT: 9461 Interaction Design (3)
  • IS_LT: 9471 Instructional Systems Design (3)

Relevant Courses Offered through Other MU Divisions

  • JOURN 7150: Using Infographics (3)
  • NAT_R 7325: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • Independent Studies in Humanities Disciplines (3)

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Admission Materials and Criteria

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher (A=4.0) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Resume summarizing education and relevant experience.
  • A statement of purpose that demonstrates your goals align with our program.
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable): at least 500 (paper-based) or 61 (Internet-based).

How to Apply

  • Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you).
  • Apply using our convenient online Graduate Application system. Be sure to upload your resume, and statement of purpose.
  • Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor’s degree and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language.
    • Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211


Applications for the Certificate are submitted online to the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU academic calendar for dates to remember.
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