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Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies

Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies

The MA in Digital Humanities and Societies is a two-year program that allows participants to study the Middle East’s digital culture from a scholarly and applied perspective. Through the program, students are able to specialize as archival print scholars of Middle Eastern digital cultures or as researchers trained to employ the powerful methodologies of the digital humanities to investigate practices, patterns, and trends of digital culture.

The program welcomes applicants with an interest in digital cultures and humanities, including students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate program, entrepreneurs, project managers, and working specialists in IT, public relations, communications, libraries, media, and cultural heritage backgrounds.

Graduates of the program are equipped to:


  • Contribute to cutting-edge theory and timely intellectual conversations about digital cultures in the Middle East and other regions.
  • Pursue careers in different fields such as higher education administration, library or cultural heritage organizations, research centers, communication, media and marketing firms, or digital start-ups.
  • Pursue advanced research at the PhD level.



  • Students are taught by CHSS faculty, who are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, or by distinguished visiting professors.
  • Students are introduced to professional activity through a local or international internship at a renowned institution.


A two-year, full-time program that requires 39 credits with three departmental core courses, three program core courses, three electives, an internship (or an independent research project), and a thesis. All courses are taught in English.

  • List of Courses:

    Total of 39 credit hours

    Six core courses (18 credits)

    Code Course
    Code: DHS 621 Course: Approaches to Digital Humanities
    Code: DHS 622 Course: Digital Communication and Media
    Code: DHS 623 Course: Methods in Digital Humanities
    Code: ME 611 Course: History, Politics and Cultures of the Middle East
    Code: ME 613 Course: Social, Economic and Development Theory
    Code: SS 612 Course: Research Methods




    Three elective courses (9 credits)

    Code Course
    Code: DHS 651 Course: Emerging Technologies and Applications
    Code: DHS 652 Course: Digital Publishing and Design
    Code: DHS 654 Course: Civil Society and Digital Activism
    Code: DHS 655 Course: Exploring Digital Heritage Methods
    Code: DHS 656 Course: Introduction to Human Language Technologies
    Code: DHS 657 Course: Coding for Humanities
    Code: DHS 658 Course: Digital Resources in the Humanities
    Code: DHS 659 Course: Digital Innovation and Transformation
    Code: DHS 660 Course: Digital Disinformation and Propaganda in the Middle East and North Africa
    Code: DHS 661 Course: Digital Writing
    Code: SS 600 Course: Thinking and Practicing Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
    Code: TSD 628 Course: Terminology
    Code: WSD 653 Course: Gender and Digital Cultures
    Code: WSD 662 Course: Women and Gender in the Literature and Cinema of the Middle East and North Africa



  • Internship or Project (3 credits)

    Code Course
    Code: DHS 691 Course: Internship 


    Code Course
    Code: DHS 669 Course: Independent Research Project
  • Thesis (9 credits)

    Code Course
    Code: DHS 695 Course: Master's Thesis Hours 
  • Non-Course Requirements

    Code Course
    Code: 699 Course: Thesis Defense