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Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia

FAQ

WHO MAY APPLY? 

Graduate students (MA and PhD) in Arts and Sciences may apply to this certificate program with the permission of their director of graduate studies, and may enroll if their application is accepted by the DH Certificate Faculty Advisory Committee. Graduate students from other UVa schools may enroll with permission from their academic dean or dean’s designee and acceptance by the certificate committee.  At the time of application to the DH certificate program, doctoral students are expected to articulate a plan approved by their DGS for completing the certificate requirements within the standard candidacy deadline and graded credit requirements for their program.

WHEN DO I APPLY?

Students in master’s programs will apply to the certificate program by the conclusion of their first semester of enrollment, and doctoral students will apply by the conclusion of their first year of enrollment. In the case of more advanced students who have DH experience such as Praxis fellowships, DH project research assistantships, or DH coursework, the faculty DH committee may make exceptions to this rule for the first few years of the certificate program (see below).  

HOW DO I APPLY? 

Here is a link to the application form.  The primary requirement is a one-page statement of your purpose in applying for the DH Certificate, including how you expect that DH approaches will enhance your scholarship and what you hope to achieve in your DH certificate work. Also required is a pdf of your transcript (unofficial is fine), your advisor's name and email address, and information about your department and your year in your graduate program. At the time of application to the DH certificate program, doctoral students are also expected to submit a plan approved by their DGS for completing the certificate requirements within the standard candidacy deadline and graded credit requirements for their program.

I HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED MY DEPARTMENTAL COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS.  CAN I STILL APPLY? 

Yes!  Many DH-interested doctoral students, even those who are in the final year of their program, find that they have completed most of the requirements for the DH Certificate.  MA students who have two semesters left may also be able to enroll in the program.  It's important to speak to Rennie Mapp, Administrative Director, as soon as possible to find out whether you're already on your way to gaining a DH Certificate. UVa's DH certificate is designed to recognize work that students are already doing as well as to encourage students to take on new DH work.

Here's the official policy statement on this issue:  "Waivers for late application may be granted in some circumstances (such as for those students who have achieved high levels of DH proficiency and experience before the official start of the certificate program), as long as they can incorporate the DH requirements into their master’s degree or PhD candidacy requirements."

WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Please contact Rennie Mapp, DH certificate project manager, at mapp@virginia.edu if you have questions or comments.

START DATE

September 2018