All students earn a Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural Heritage Management. The MA requires ten courses, three required, three core courses, and four electives, to be completed within five years of beginning the program.
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. In addition to the 3 required courses, students choose 3 out of 5 potential core courses and 4 electives. Our close relationship with the Museum Studies and Digital Curation programs, greatly expands the choice of course electives. Students work with an advisor to design a course of study that best suits their needs and interests.
Students must take a total of 10 courses
- Studies in World Heritage
- Cultural Heritage Management/ Leadership
- Three Core Courses
- Four Elective Courses
- One two-week Onsite Seminar
- Optional internship (An internship or project at a student’s local heritage institution, approved by the Internship Coordinator, may be substituted for one elective course)
Required Courses (three required courses)
- 460.702 Studies in World Heritage
- 460.704 Cultural Heritage Management/Leadership
- 460.708 (Onsite Seminar) Reading the City: A Case Study in Urban Heritage
Note: In order to register for this course, students must have completed a minimum of two courses in the program, although four or more courses are encouraged. One of these courses must be 460.704, students are also strongly encouraged to take 460.707 and some seminars may have other specific requirements. Students are responsible for travel to and from the location, accommodations, and meals, as well as any specified field trip fees.
Waiver option: Students who are unable to travel to seminar locations, due to accommodation needs, financial hardship, or family challenges, may apply to the program director for an exemption to the two-week seminar. If a waiver is granted, the student must enroll in the internship option (460.780) to fulfill the onsite component of the degree requirement.
Core Courses (select at least three of five)
* Once core course requirements are satisfied any additional core courses may count toward elective course requirements.
- 460.707 Reading the Landscape: Cultural Heritage at Scale
- 460.710 The Protection of Global Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policies, Politics, and Advocacy
- 460.730 Heritage and Representation: Approaches to Interpretation and Outreach
- 460.732 Engaging Communities in Heritage: Ownership, Stewardship, Sustainability, and Creative Cultural Expression
- 460.740 Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age
Electives (select four)
- 460.706 Research Methods in Cultural Heritage
- 460.712 Cultural Resource Management and Methods
- 460.714 Culture as Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Development
- 460.716 Cultural Heritage Risk Management and Security
- 460.734 Heritage Tourism
- 460.780 Internship
Students may take up to two related courses in other Johns Hopkins University departments subject to the approval of the Program Director.
Eligible Elective Courses from the Museum Studies Program
- 460.609 Museums in Global Perspective
- 460.611 History and Philosophy of Museums
- 460.621 Evaluation Theory & Techniques for Museums
- 460.628 Architecture of Museums
- 460.633 Core Aspects of Conservation: A 21st Century Approach
- 460.638 Management of Analog and Digital Images
- 460.639 Material Culture and the Modern Museum
- 460.645 Museums and Mobile: Adapting to Change
- 460.665 Introduction to Archives
- 460.666 Collection Management
- 460.670 Digital Preservation
- 460.671 Foundations of Digital Curation
- 460.675 Leadership in Museums
- 460.683 Project Management in Museums
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.
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