School of Library and Information Studies

MA/MLIS in Digital Humanities

Inter-faculty Joint Degree (MA/MLIS)

In this inter-faculty joint degree program, students may complete the MLIS degree in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Digital Humanities. This is a thesis-based degree program, which typically extends over three years of full-time study. For additional information, please see the Digital Humanities website.

Please note that effective July 01, 2018, the MA Humanities Computing (HUCO) has changed to MA Digital Humanities (DH).

Program Requirements

The Digital Humanities Program and the School of Library and Information Studies offer a combined Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Humanities/Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program option that students can complete within three years. The combined program is offered on-site at the University of Alberta and requires 45 credits (or equivalent) and a thesis for completion. 

The following courses are required for the MLIS program: 

  • LIS 501: Foundations of Library and Information Studies
  • LIS 502: Organization of Information 
  • LIS 503: Reference and Information Services
  • LIS 504: Leadership and Management Principles for Library and Information Services
  • LIS 505: Research Methods for Library and Information Studies 
  • LIS 597: Seminar in Advanced Research
The following are required for the MA program: 
  • HUCO/DH 500: Survey of Digital Humanities
  • HUCO/DH 510: Theoretical Issues in Digital Humanities
  • HUCO/DH 520: Technical Concepts & Approaches in Digital Humanities
  • HUCO/DH 530: Project Design & Management in Digital Humanities

Information about DH courses may be found here.

All students must take LIS 501 (Foundations of Library and Information Studies), HUCO/DH 500 (Survey of Digital Humanities), and HUCO/DH 520 (Tech. Concepts and Approaches) in the first semester of their program, as these provide a context for all of the other courses in the program. (The HUCO/DH courses included in this degree cover the information technology course requirement for the MLIS program.)

Advisor / Supervisor

At the time of admission, each student is assigned a Program Advisor who will provide advice and counselling in adapting the program to match career goals and objectives. Students should also consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Program Manual, the University Calendar, and the Digital Humanities website for additional information.

Academic Integrity, Ethics Training & Professional Development

The University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires that all graduate students complete a minimum of eight hours of ethics training as part of their degree programs. Students in the combined program receive ethics training in the MLIS required courses -- approximately 17 hours in total. Coverage of specific topics varies between courses, but currently includes: academic integrity; intellectual property; ethics review for research with human subjects; professional values - including protection of privacy; and other ethics-related issues. Additional topics are also covered in our elective courses, in courses offered through Digital Humanities, and as preparation for thesis-related work.

All MA/MLIS students are required to complete Professional Development (PD) and Ethics training. Further details can be found on the Digital Humanities Program requirements.

Time Limits for Completion of the Inter-faculty Combined Degree

The time required to complete the combined program may vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of research undertaken; however, the program is designed to be completed within 36 months. Students must complete all program requirements within six years.

DH & MLIS Combined (3-year) Degree - Tentative Course Schedule

  • DH = 6 (3-credit or equivalent) Courses (i.e., 4 required courses; 2 electives)
  • MLIS = 9 (3-credit or equivalent) Courses (i.e., 6 required courses; 3 electives)
  • AND = Thesis

Note: The MLIS requirement to complete two (3-credit or equivalent) designated "Information Technology" courses is fulfilled by content covered in the Digital Humanities courses.

  • Year 1 = 3 DH & 3 SLIS (6 TOTAL)
  • Year 2 = 2 DH & 4 SLIS (6 TOTAL)
  • Year 3 = 1 DH & 2 SLIS (3 TOTAL) & THESIS
First Term (Fall)
(3 courses per term)

1.  HUCO/DH 500: Survey of Digital Humanities
2.  HUCO/DH 520: Tech. Concepts and Approaches
3.  LIS 501: Foundations of Library and Information Studies

Second Term (Winter) 4.  HUCO/DH 530: Project Design and Management
5.  LIS 505: Research Methods for Library and Information Studies
6.  SLIS Elective
Third Term (Fall) 7.  LIS 502: Organization of Knowledge and Information
8.  LIS 503: Reference and Information Services
9.  LIS 504: Management Principles for Library & Information Services
Fourth Term (Winter) 10.  HUCO/DH 510: Issues in Digital Humanities
11.  HUCO/DH Elective
12.  SLIS Elective
Fifth Term (Fall) 13.  LIS 597: Seminar in Advanced Research
14.  SLIS Elective 
15.  HUCO/DH Elective
Sixth Term (Winter) THESIS

*Electives are determined on a rotation therefore suitable electives may not be offered.  Consult with your advisor.