The M.A. Program in Digital Humanities requires 30 credits of approved graduate work, including acceptable transfer credits:

  • 9 credits in required core courses (including 3 credits for the completion of a Thesis or Capstone project);
  • 12 credits from in-degree electives in Digital Humanities, to be allocated among four core courses in the program. The courses must be taken from among the following areas: 
    • DIGITAL TEXTUALITY COURSES (Courses in this area include Textual Studies in the Digital Age; Methods of Text Analysis; and The Future of the Book: Publishing and Scholarly Communications)
    • DATA VISUALIZATION AND MAPPING COURSES (Visualization and Design: Fundamentals; and Geospatial Humanities)
    • DIGITAL PEDAGOGY COURSES (Digital Pedagogy 1: History, Theory, and Practice; Digital Pedagogy 2: Theory, Design, and Practice; and Critical Approaches to Educational Technology)
    • The program also offers courses in special topics that may be counted as in-degree electives.
  • 9 credits in free elective courses from among all GC course offerings, for which they are eligible to register.
    • As part of their electives, students can also take up to three 1-credit lab courses in specific coding and markup languages. Each lab course meets one hour/week (or its equivalent during the summer term). 


  • Introduction to Digital Humanities

Taken in the first calendar year of enrollment (preferably in the first semester), this course provides an overview of the field of digital humanities, which considers the role of digital technology in humanities-based research and work environments. The course will explore the field from both a methodological and theoretical perspective, and introduce students to a wide range of topics in preparation for specific areas within the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities degree program. 

  • Digital Humanities: Methods and Practices 

Taken after “Introduction to Digital Humanities,” this praxis-oriented course will ask students to organize into teams and, by the end of the semester, produce a project prototype. Student work for this course will demonstrate a variety of technical, project management, and rhetorical skills. 

Students finish their MA in Digital Humanities degree by working with an advisor to research and write a thesis OR to complete a capstone project. Students will select an advisor from the Graduate Center faculty, who will supervise the thesis or the capstone project. 

The thesis is the culmination of the coursework and studies in the degree program. It is intended to be 50-60 double spaced pages long and should be connected to the student's area of study.


The capstone project will typically be a digital project related to the student’s area of study. Students may produce a website, a platform, a tool, or another digital project in consultation with their faculty adviser. The capstone is accompanied by a white paper compliant with the program’s guidelines.