M.A. Online

Cultural Heritage Management

16 months
4690 USD/module
4690 USD/module
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The challenges of the 21st century and an expanded drive to remain connected to our traditions and history have increased the need for forward-thinking management and preservation strategies. The Cultural Heritage Management program is offered at Johns Hopkins University.


In our fast-paced society, the need to understand where we have come from cannot be overstated. An integrated approach that is both forward-thinking and strategically linked with sustainability, development, and community will be required for heritage management and preservation efforts to succeed.

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 at Johns Hopkins University 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.

Programme Structure


  • Studies in World Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage Management/Leadership
  • Two-Week Onsite Cultural Heritage Management Seminar
  • Reading the Landscape: Cultural Heritage at Scale
  • Engaging Communities in Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in study areas relevant to the curriculum (Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Preservation, Art History, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Preservation, Cultural Management or Tourism, Public History, or related field).
  • Applicants are accepted to the program on the understanding that they have sufficient background in a relevant field, either through their previous degree or through relevant professional experience, to be able to successfully complete the program.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum GPA of 3.0 does not guarantee admission. For students who have been out of school for some time, work experience may be considered.
  • Strong writing and time management skills.

Tuition Fee

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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