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Announcing the standalone option for Northeastern’s Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

The NULab is excited to announce the launch of a standalone option for students seeking to complete Northeastern’s graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. The program is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester—applications are due by July 15, 2021. The certificate involves four courses plus a project component, typically completed over two years.

The certificate program has been thriving since its launch in 2015, with over 50 students enrolled in the program thus far. The program has drawn participants from Northeastern’s MA in Public History and World History, as well as from the MA and PhD programs in English, History, and Journalism. Graduates have found jobs with national and local museums and libraries, funding agencies, educational non-profits, the National Park Service, WGBH, and other kinds of cultural heritage and educational organizations. By adding a standalone option, we are hoping to open the program to professionals who may benefit from additional expertise in digital humanities theory and praxis, project design and development skills, and an opportunity for immersion in a collaborative community of students and scholars with similar interests. The certificate could be a valuable learning opportunity for librarians; museum and cultural heritage professionals; humanities faculty; and technologists working in humanities, library, and/or cultural heritage organizations.

Northeastern University’s Certificate in Digital Humanities is designed to prepare students for a range of professional and research careers in academic, cultural heritage, non-profit organizations, public media, and other sectors where a critical understanding of digital technologies is essential. The program is also excellent preparation for continued graduate study at the MA or PhD level—offering a grounding in key technical skills but also in analysis, project management, open-source design approaches, visualization, and information modeling, which are increasingly important for humanities practitioners inside and outside the academy. Through coursework and applied project development, students develop skills in methods such as data modeling, geographic information systems, 3D modeling, text analysis, computational analysis, and project design and management, as well as expertise in critical digital cultures, that prepare them for future academic studies, employment, or career advancement.

Students in the certificate program have opportunities to participate through paid positions and research internships in Northeastern’s many research institutes, centers, and digital projects, including the NULab, the Digital Scholarship Group, the Boston Research Center, the Humanities Center, the Huskiana Press, and the numerous projects hosted by the NULab and the DSG.

Applications are now being accepted. For the fall 2021 semester, the application deadline is July 15, 2021. For more information about the program, please visit the NULab’s informational page or email us at

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