Degree Requirements

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)

Course Requirements

Required Courses (three required courses)

  1. 460.702 Studies in World Heritage
  2. 460.704 Cultural Heritage Management/Leadership
  3. 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.

Electives (select four)

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

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.