FAQ

What is the greatest strength of the program?

Digital Curation is an emerging field in museum practice. This certificate offers a specialized curriculum that is critically needed in the museum field. It will prepare current and aspiring museum professionals to manage the growing volume and variety of digital data of long-term value that museums are now producing, acquiring, storing and sharing with researchers, educators and the public. Students in the program will also contribute to the new literature in the field.

Who teaches the courses?

The Digital Curation Certificate faculty is made up of highly regarded experts in the museum, library, and archives fields and academia. The faculty is primarily full-time practitioners, who are active members of the museum and library communities. They are passionate about addressing the critical need to train museum professionals in managing and preserving all types of digital assets to ensure the longevity of our cultural heritage of which museums are the stewards.

Will the program help me find an internship to fulfill the requirement?

Yes. The program will offer internship opportunities worldwide. In addition, students may potentially develop relationships in their own locale for relevant opportunities, in consultation with their advisor. The Program Coordinator of the Digital Curation Certificate must approve all internships.

What are career opportunities for graduates of the program?

Current positions in museums that now may require digital curation skills include: registrar, collection manager, archivist, librarian, research scientist, curator, conservator, and new media manager.

These positions might include responsibilities of collections documentation and management of acquisition information, treatment records, and digital images of collection objects; research data management; online exhibitions management; management of intellectual property rights; and management and preservation of born-digital media, such as digital media art.

In addition to new skill requirements for professionals in traditional jobs, new positions are being created in museums that reflect the new demands for managing digital assets throughout their life cycle. Some titles of currently existing positions that illustrate the range of new career opportunities that are emerging in the museum field include: Chief Officer of Digital Media; Digital Curator; Director, Digitization Program; Director of Research and Scientific Data Management; Digital Archivist; Digitization Specialist.

What are the criteria for admission?

Applications to the Certificate in Digital Curation will be accepted from:

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years full time experience working in a museum, library, or archive, or related cultural heritage organization
  • Individuals with a master’s degree in museum studies or other relevant field
  • Students currently enrolled in the JHU museum studies master’s program after completion of 5 courses or 5 years full time experience working in a museum, library, or archive, or related cultural heritage organization (separate application to the certificate program is required; no more than two courses, from a list of designated courses, may be applied to both the master’s degree and the certificate)
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (work experience will also be considered)

How do I apply?

You must apply to the Digital Curation Certificate program online. Please visit the application page.

What is the deadline for admission?

We have rolling admissions for the program, so there is no “official” deadline or standard timeframe for the admissions process. However, it is best for you to submit your materials approximately two months before the start of the semester in which you would like to begin studying. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for the start dates of each semester. After your application materials are complete, they are sent to an admissions review committee.

What financial aid is available?

Please see the Financial Aid page for financial aid information.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.