Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management

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Discover Modern Approaches to Heritage Management

Prepare to become a leader in policy, advocacy, and sustainability with the MA in Cultural Heritage Management degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs division. In this part-time online program, you will discover practices for embracing our shared humanity while preparing to lead initiatives that foster the betterment of a global society.

Study community engagement and heritage management at global and local levels, all through flexible online coursework. Taught by leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, this program combines academic and professional experience to help you begin or advance your career. Given the expansion of heritage-based initiatives and 21st century challenges, there is an increased need for forward-thinking professionals trained on the latest strategies and digital technologies.

This program enables you to:

  • Develop interdisciplinary knowledge as you customize your studies around your unique career goals and trajectory.
  • Choose from a wide range of courses and electives that feature small class sizes, creating an environment for engaging with your instructors and peers.
  • Control your study schedule through asynchronous courses that offer a highly flexible learning experience.
  • Take part in a two-week, intensive cultural heritage management seminar that Johns Hopkins will organize in the U.S. or an international location.

Build a Valuable Network

Johns Hopkins builds a community within the program between peers and faculty through social media tools and a virtual café, where you can:

Fast Facts

Engage in flexible online coursework, along with an on-site, two-week seminar.

Distinguish Yourself in Your Field

The program consists of nine online courses and a two-week, on-site seminar in the U.S. or abroad. For your convenience, some electives are presented as a collection of related courses within a focus area. This master’s degree offers four curated focus areas in:

This focus area introduces you to the evaluation, documentation, and management of cultural heritage resources, such as historic sites, museums, and archaeological sites. You can also pull together a suite of courses that satisfy the Professional Qualification Standards that CRM professionals must meet including the educational requirements of 36 CFR 61 federal qualification criteria.

In this focus area, you will learn about the relationship between culture, heritage, and tourism. Coursework examines the benefits and challenges of tourism and site management in both rural and urban contexts, and the security strategies implemented to protect and preserve sites from 21st-century threats.

Select this focus area if you are interested in investigating the relationship between public monuments and collective memory. You will also explore the relatively new category of intangible cultural heritage, tracing the development of the concept and related policy from the 1970s through to today.

This focus area delves into the management of cultural heritage on a global scale. Learn how cultural heritage can contribute to sustainable economic development, and how it can impact long term development strategies and policies. Coursework also examines the socio-economic effects of investment in cultural heritage and the impact of heritage’s continuing politicization.

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