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 on the Graduate and Postdoctoral website.

Term 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. 1st 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]
Phone : (514) 398-4400

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.


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

Professor Andrew Piper | Graduate Program Director of DH
Email: andrew.piper [at]

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