The challenges of the 21st century and the expansion of heritage tourism worldwide have increased the need for forward-thinking management and preservation strategies.

Degree Type:
Master of Arts
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
10 courses
Time to Complete:
16 – 24 months

Program Overview

The challenges of the 21st century have increased the need for forward-thinking heritage management and preservation strategies. What is needed is an integrated approach and a wide understanding of its ties to sustainability, development, and community.

The past and the present are indispensable to our future, from the built environment of historic sites, monuments, and cities, to full landscapes and the unique biodiversity of natural habitats, to the intangible gems of our global cultures— music, dance, food, dress, craft. We have come to recognize the value of our heritage.
A career in cultural heritage management offers you the chance to protect as well as shape the future of our most precious places and people.

What Is Heritage?

According to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”

Heritage is an expansive concept and the reach of heritage is broad embracing sites and monuments, the built environment, urban centers and full landscapes, as well as intangible heritage and the people who embody and preserve these cultural traditions in the present and for the future.

A Career in Cultural Heritage Management

A career in heritage management offers many opportunities:
from local historic sites and museums, to national monuments, preservation agencies to research organizations, and visitors’ bureaus to community organizations, as well as national, state and local parks. Within these organizations, you could work in a variety of areas, including:

  • Site management
  • Interpretation
  • Community Engagement/Advocacy
  • Preservation
  • Archaeology
  • Collections Management
  • Research
  • Development

A Quality Education On Your Terms

Our cultural heritage management program embraces a fully inclusive definition of heritage. It’s more than local, regional, and national sites, monuments, and artifacts; it’s also full landscapes, environments, and even the intangible. And we explore it all in a global context.

The online MA in Cultural Heritage Management program is flexible enough to fit your scheduling needs, as well as interactive, providing an enriching learning atmosphere. A two-week onsite study seminar adds a tangible, real-world component to your Johns Hopkins experience.

Why Hopkins for Cultural Heritage Management

A Diverse Faculty With Rich, Real-World Experience

They are archaeologists, anthropologists, curators, and historians. And they’ve worked with places like the U.S. National Parks Service, International Council on Monuments & Sites, Smithsonian Institution, and the Center for Digital Antiquity.

Customizable Curriculum With a Wide Range of Electives

Supplement your foundation in world heritage and cultural management with electives that fit your interests, including offerings from our museum studies, digital curation, and environmental science policy programs.

Immersive Educational Experiences

Spend two weeks immersed in a culturally significant location learning from your instructor and heritage professionals. Your experience will include class sessions, daily activities, visits to other sites, and hands-on site management opportunities.

Complementary Credentials

Expand on your cultural heritage studies by pursuing two credentials at once and you may find exactly the right educational focus to advance your career. In addition, these combinations will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.

A Community of Heritage Professionals

Our international student body, diverse faculty members, and accomplished alumni provide you with a built-in network of cultural heritage professionals.

Attend Our Next Event

Join JHU's Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, MA in Museum Studies, Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee, and Hopkins at Home in celebration with a webinar about the Long Journey to Women’s Suffrage.

Time: Jul 14 12:00 PM
Location: Online

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Start or further your journey into cultural heritage preservation and tourism.

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