Cultural Heritage Management

About the Program

The challenges of the 21st century and the expansion of heritage tourism worldwide have increased the need for forward thinking management and preservation strategies. With a focus on emergent technology and its impact on conservation, preservation, and engagement; together with integrated approaches to management, and community and stakeholder partnerships, Johns Hopkins University offers an innovative, online graduate degree in Cultural Heritage Management. This degree program immerses students in a broad context of cultural heritage issues, including social, environmental, and economic trends, and provides them with the qualifications needed to assume leadership and management roles in the cultural heritage sector.

We train leaders in the field that embrace our shared humanity and heritage in order to advance its interpretation, documentation, preservation, and management for the betterment of a global society.

Quick Stats

Course Locations *Online
Available 100% Online No. Nine online courses and one onsite, two-week intensive seminar (to be held in a location organized by the program) are required to complete the degree.
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 10 courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2018-2019 academic year is $4,167 per course. More information.
Core Principles

Our program is built around several guiding principles.

  • We embrace an inclusive definition of heritage beyond sites, monuments, and artifacts, to include full landscapes, environments, and intangible heritage.
  • We recognize grassroots efforts and community buy-in as critical to successful management strategies.
  • We support an integrated approach to management and a wide understanding of its ties to sustainability, development, and community.
  • We take full advantage of our online medium by focusing on emergent technologies related to the field and their impact on preservation, engagement, documentation, and asset management.
  • In addition to a sustained focus on digital technologies, the program is framed through a global lens, situating the local, regional, and national within a global context.
Program Benefits

The majority of the program is available online, allowing us to offer the expertise of highly regarded professors and heritage management professionals from around the world. You’ll also have access to virtual field trips and global resources brought together in new and exciting ways. Our international student body provides diverse perspectives and experiences in a dynamic online learning environment.

  • Interdisciplinary approach
    We emphasize the interdisciplinarity 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.
  • Wide range of courses available
    In addition to the 3 required courses, students choose 3 out of 5 potential core courses and an additional 4 electives. Our close relationship with the Museum Studies and Digital Curation programs, greatly expands the choice of course electives.
  • Flexibility
    The program is almost fully online. Students take nine online courses and one two-week onsite seminar in a national or international location arranged by the program. Classes are offered as asynchronous learning experiences, allowing maximum flexibility in a student’s schedule.
  • Web-based learning
    The Internet is used to its full potential, and learning is enhanced through the most up-to-date web-based tools for design, collaboration, conferencing, and community building.
  • Small class size
    Classes are kept small (15 to 17 students) to encourage active engagement and community among fellow students and faculty.
  • International focus
    The interdisciplinary nature and international focus and concern of Cultural Heritage lends itself well to the online format where domestic and international students will have the opportunity to learn together.
  • 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 interdisciplinary and global nature of the program.
  • Community
    As an online program, we offer students valuable opportunities to meet heritage professionals from around the world. We build a community within the program through social media tools and a virtual café, where students meet others in the program, find internship and job announcements, and learn about relevant conferences and events.
Onsite Seminar

As part of the program, you’ll participate in a two-week, intensive cultural heritage management seminar in a location (either domestic or international) organized by the program. The seminar includes practicum opportunities related to site management, heritage tourism, and conservation, alongside classroom sessions that integrate the daily experiences. Using the rich diversity of the designated city, the seminar provides students with the chance to use what they have learned in their prior courses, develop networks with fellow students and heritage experts, and explore the latest in cultural heritage practice. Students work on directed activities during the two-week period, coupled with multiple site visits focused on the academic work being accomplished.

Heritage Unbounded Podcast
Our most recent podcast: Episode 18-03

Heritage Potentials and Pitfalls:
Bali and the impact of its World Heritage Status

An interview with Dr. Stephen Lansing

Dr. Steve Lansing

Dr. Stephen Lansing

With its rice terraces and water temples, the subaks of Bali’s cultural landscape blend the natural, cultural, and spiritual through a cooperative social system of management. The 2012 designation of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, as a World Heritage site, brought about the potential for additional preservation alongside increased tourism but continued challenges to site management remain.

Dr. Stephen Lansing, co-director of the Complexity Institute & a Professor in the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, talks about these challenges and potentials. Dr. Lansing worked on the successful nomination of Bali as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The nomination efforts developed out of his study of the subaks and water temple networks of Bali, a system key to the World Heritage site’s eventual designation.

Learn more about the UNESCO nomination process, the subsequent impacts on site management, and the future of Bali’s cultural landscapes.

Documents related to the World Heritage Site of Bali referenced in the podcast are available at UNESCO.

Additional links to Dr. Lansing’s work on Bali’s subaks including publications, film, and video are available at


View all Cultural Heritage Management Podcasts

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State-specific Information for Online Programs

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