How to Apply

Digital Humanities

All graduate program applicants at the University of Alberta apply through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) application portal. Applications are subject to standard requirements for all graduate applicants as determined by FGSR and outlined in the official academic calendar. To start your graduate application, visit Apply for Admission or contact our Graduate Advisor at

Admission Requirements

The Digital Humanities program addresses several different computer-based technologies. It does not require previous experience in these, but offers seminars to aid students in gaining the desired range of technical skills.
Admission requirements for the Digital Humanities graduate program are in accordance with the minimum requirements for all graduate programs at the University of Alberta outlined in detail in the Calendar. These requirements include:

  • A University of Alberta baccalaureate degree or an equivalent qualification from another recognized academic institution
  • A minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or an equivalent standing, calculated on the last ★60 of graded coursework completed at the time of application, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Application Documents
Digital Humanities requires the following documents as part of the application process:

  • Academic documents, including transcripts and degree certificates (as specified by FGSR)
  • Proof of English Language proficiency if required (IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL)
  • Names, titles, and contact information, including email address, for three referees who have consented to provide an academic or work reference (academic references are preferred). 
  • DH Individualized or DH with Specialization: A two-page statement of program/interest that describes your suitability for the program and your specific research interests/purpose for the program.
  • DH/SLIS 1000-2000 word Statement of Purpose (see the SLIS website for further requirements)

Application Deadlines
The deadline for application to Digital Humanities with a specialization in another department or to the combined DH/SLIS program is January 2 for all applicants. Please note that all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by us by this date.

The deadline for applications to the Digital Humanities individualized program is February 1 for all domestic applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and most international applicants. Please note that all materials, including letters of reference, must be received by us by this date.

The deadline to be considered for funding is also February 1. Funding is not guaranteed to students and is awarded on a competitive basis. Department funding for students, in the form of Research of Teaching Assistant contracts, will be offered before the beginning of your September program. Again, these contracts are discretionary and awarded within the constraints of the department budget. For further information about sources of student funding, please see the FGSR Awards and Funding page.  

International students from certain countries are strongly advised to apply by December 1 in order to ensure that study permits can be obtained. Countries where we have been experiencing significant delays with study permits include: Nigeria, People's Republic of China, and Iran. Students from these countries who apply after December 1 and before February 1 do so at their own risk.