Digital curation is an emerging field that encompasses the planning and management of digital assets over their full lifetime, from conceptualization through active use and presentation to long-term preservation in a repository for future re-use.

Degree Type:
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
5 online courses and one required onsite internship
Time to Complete:
12 – 15 months

Program Overview

As the creation and acquisition of valuable digital assets continues at a rapid pace, cultural heritage institutions now have a critical need for digital curation professionals. This program will equip you with the knowledge and experience to:

  • Manage and preserve all types of digital assets to ensure their long-term availability for researchers, educators, and the public
  • Participate in the development and promotion of standards and best practices for digital curation in cultural heritage
  • Contribute to the critically needed professional literature in the field

The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation advances the education and training of museum and cultural heritage professionals worldwide in this emerging field.

This certificate program offers a specialized curriculum that prepares current and aspiring cultural heritage professionals to work with digital collections, exhibitions, and research data to ensure the effective stewardship of our global cultural heritage.

Who Should Apply

The program is appropriate for all types of current and aspiring cultural heritage professionals who have responsibility for or interest in museum, archives, and artifact collections.

Career Opportunities

In addition to new skill requirements for professionals in traditional cultural heritage jobs, new positions are being created in museums and cultural heritage management organizations that reflect the increased demands for managing digital assets throughout their life cycle.

High-Demand Specialization

Museums and other cultural heritage organizations are increasingly digitizing their physical collections to protect and increase access to their holdings and are also creating and acquiring born-digital content such as digital art, research data, and web materials. This certificate will provide an advantage for practitioners in both traditional and digital positions.

Join a Vibrant Community

Our international student body and accomplished alumni provide you with a built-in network of professionals. Our faculty is made up of experienced practitioners and recognized leaders in the digital curation field.

What You Will Study

The Certificate in Digital Curation program encompasses five core courses and one elective. You'll study the foundations of digital curation and preservation, learn to manage digital assets in an institutional setting, and get experience to implement your knowledge as it pertains to your career goals.

Complementary Credentials

Digital asset creation, management, and preservation are critical functions in both today's museum settings and across cultural heritage management. Combine this certificate program with one of these master's degrees and you'll earn the credentials you seek in even less time than if you pursued them separately.

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Meet the emerging demands of digital asset management and curation in today's museums, as well as heritage and cultural institutions.

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Advanced Academic Programs Admissions

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $25,752 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs ($2,030) were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ N/A of debt.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, 6 Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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