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Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management

Engage the heritage sector with modern approaches to heritage management.

MA in Cultural Heritage Management

With a broad and inclusive definition of heritage the MA in Cultural Heritage Management trains tomorrow’s leaders to embrace our shared humanity in order to advance heritage’s interpretation, documentation, preservation, and management for the betterment of a global society.

Given the expansion of heritage-based tourism and 21st-century challenges, there is an increased need for forward-thinking management and preservation strategies. 

By graduation you’ll:

  • Develop heritage management and leadership capacities alongside an understanding of the role of policy, advocacy, and sustainability
  • Gain skills in community engagement and reflect on the global and local impact of heritage designation and management
  • Analyze the impact of the changing role of digital technologies on the field, its possibilities, and potential limitations

Our Approach to Heritage

We embrace an inclusive definition of heritage beyond sites, monuments, and artifacts, to include full landscapes, the natural environment, as well as intangible heritage and the people who embody and preserve these cultural traditions in the present and for the future.

We emphasize the transdisciplinarity of the field, and as a result the curriculum allows each student to customize his or her studies to their unique career goals and trajectory.

Our Students

Our students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Many are working within the heritage sector, others are hoping to change careers and enter the field. Domestic and international students learn together in small classes meant to encourage engagement between students and faculty. Classes are asynchronous, but not self-paced — you can learn where and when it’s most convenient to you.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. They come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds which adds to the broad transdisciplinary and global nature of the program.

Build a Valuable Network

You’ll gain valuable opportunities to meet heritage professionals from around the world, including the instructors of your courses. Johns Hopkins builds a community within the program between peers and faculty through social media tools and a virtual café, where you can:

  • Meet others in the program
  • Find internship and job announcements
  • Learn about relevant conferences and events


The program consists of 9 online courses, and 1, on-site, 2-week seminar in a national or international location.

Required Courses

  • Studies in World Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage Management/Leadership
  • Cultural Heritage Management Seminar (Onsite)

Core Courses — Select 3 of 5

  • Reading the Landscape: Cultural Heritage at Scale
  • Protection of Global Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policies, Politics, and Advocacy
  • Heritage and Representation: Approaches to Interpretation and Outreach
  • Engaging Communities in Heritage: Ownership, Stewardship, Sustainability, and Creative Cultural Expression
  • Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

Note: Once core courses are satisfied, any additional core courses may count toward elective-course requirements.

Sample Elective Courses — Select 4

  • Research Methods in Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Resource Management and Methods
  • Culture as Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Development
  • Cultural Heritage Risk Management and Security
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Internship

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