Ad Hoc MA in Digital Humanities

Program Description

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The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers an Ad Hoc MA degree in Digital Humanities. Students in the 2-year Master's program can expect to learn various methods for the computational study of cultural phenomena as well as applying humanistic theory to the effects of computing on scholarship. The flexible nature of the Ad Hoc format emphasizes interdisciplinary course work across faculties and departments at McGill in the areas of cultural theory and computational method. The degree culminates in a supervised thesis or digital project that is relevant to the Digital Humanities discipline. 

How To Apply

Prospective students must follow the application procedures set by McGill in addition to submitting the required documents indicated below. 

Required Documents for Digital Humanities 

  • Online application form, application fee, transcripts, a statement of purpose (1-2 pages describing interest in the program and potential DH research), two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (approx. 15 pages). Please emphasize prior programming experience if applicable.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for non-native English applicants.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange) Current McGill Students (any citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 Jan. 6 Jan. 6 Jan. 6
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Aug. 14 Sept. 15 Sept. 15
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2020-2021 (last updated Jan. 16, 2020) (disclaimer)

Questions about applying?

Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures 
Email: info.llcu [at] mcgill.ca
Phone : (514) 398-4400

Required Coursework

The Ad Hoc nature of our MA degree emphasizes interdisciplinary study across departments and faculties as well as graduate courses available in The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Below is a detailed explanation of required courses and complementary course offerings.

Required Course (3 credits)

LLCU 602 The Digital Humanities 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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Required Thesis courses (24 credits)

LLCU 696 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
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LLCU 697 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
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LLCU 698 Thesis Research 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
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LLCU 699 Thesis Research 4 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

Students are expected to write a Master's Thesis. This can take the traditional form of research document (maximum 100 pages) that addresses questions of digital methods for the humanities within various disciplinary subspecialties (languages and literature, history, communication studies, etc.). It can also be a shorter (ca. 50 pages) research document that contextualizes and reflects on a substantial and original digital resource.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

  • Minimum of 18 credits (6 courses) from any graduate-level course from the lists below or an unlisted course with permission granted from the Graduate Program Director of DH
  • No more than 9 credits from any unit outside of LLC

Sample Schedule

Since the Ad Hoc nature of our program structure is highly interdisciplinary and tailored to students' research objectives, we have provided a sample schedule from a current student in the Ad Hoc MA program. This students' theoretical interests include the following keywords: children, family, ideology and public opinion. Their methodological interests include text mining, data mining and machine learning. 

Fall 2020 Winter 2021
COMP 550 Natural Language Processing LLCU 606 Topics in Literature
LLCU 602 The Digital Humanities *required course LLCU 607 Topics in Thought
SOCI 535 Sociology of the Family POLI 680 Social Change in Ad. Ind. Democracies
SOCI 623 Latent Variable Models LLCU 696 Thesis Research 1 *required course
Fall 2021 Winter 2022
LLCU 697 Thesis Research 2 *required course LLCU 698 Thesis Research 3 *required course
  LLCU 699 Thesis Research 4 *required course

 

Winter 2022 List of Complementary Courses 

*Note: Not all of the courses listed below are offered every academic year. Please consult McGill’s e-Calendar for current course offerings.

Cultural Theory

ENGL 670 Topics in Cultural Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

FREN 628 Théorie littéraire 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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FREN 697 Méthodologie&Théorie Litt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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GEOG 631 Meth of Geographical Research 3 Credits
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GERM 580 Topics in German Lit & Culture 3 Credits
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LING 521 Dialectology 3 Credits
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LING 571 Syntax 2 3 Credits
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PHIL 685 Fundamentals of Logic 3 Credits
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POLI 611 Qualitative Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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POLI 615 Gender and Politics 3 Credits
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PSYC 506 Cognitive Neuroscience of Attn 3 Credits
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PSYC 545 Topics in Language Acquisition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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SOCI 501 Capitalism Socialism & Democ 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Computational Method

COMP 551 Applied Machine Learning 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 597 Topics in Computer Science 4 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 598 Topics in Computer Science 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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COMP 599 Topics in Computer Science 2 4 Credits
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COMS 630 Readings in Commun Research 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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GLIS 608 Course not available
GLIS 611 Course not available
GLIS 615 Course not available
GLIS 620 Course not available
GLIS 627 Course not available
GLIS 629 Course not available
GLIS 630 Course not available
GLIS 634 Course not available
GLIS 641 Course not available
GLIS 645 Course not available
GLIS 649 Course not available
GLIS 660 Course not available
GLIS 661 Course not available
GLIS 663 Course not available
GLIS 665 Course not available
INSY 609 Technology Project Management 3 Credits
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INSY 642 Tech. and Tools for Analytics 3 Credits
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MUMT 621 Mus. Info,Retr.,Acq.,Preserv. 3 Credits
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

We want to support your application to study with us. See some of the inquiries and responses below about the Ad Hoc MA program in Digital Humanities.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the MA program depends on your residency status in Canada. Check the McGill graduate fee calculator for an updated cost analysis.

Are funding packages or stipends available for graduate students?

Funding packages or stipends are not systematically available for MA students of Digital Humanities at McGill. Occasionally, there are Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant positions that become available based on supervisor or project funding, but should not be considered as a dependable source of funding graduate tuition or individual cost of living in Montreal. We encourage prospective students to contact professors or potential supervisors when applying to learn more about forthcoming opportunities. We also encourage prospective students to learn more about applying for external funding based on their eligibility.

What is the general format of the program?

The Ad Hoc MA program is a 2-year degree in which the first academic year is dedicated to interdisciplinary coursework and the final academic year to conduct research and write a thesis under the supervision of DH faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. Graduate students will choose their supervisor during the first year of their studies, so there is no need to determine your supervisor before applying.

How many students are admitted per academic year? What about class sizes?

While ample interest in our program spans from across the globe, we generally have cohorts of students in the single digits, admitting between four and five Masters' students per academic year. However, our DH graduate courses are filled with a mix of our own student population, students coming from outside the department and in other units of the department. Class sizes of the complementary courses in other departments range from small seminar settings to larger lecture-style courses.

Contact

For more information on the Ad Hoc MA program, please contact:

andrew.piper [at] mcgill.ca (Professor Andrew Piper) | Graduate Program Director of DH

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