12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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In our MA in Cultural Heritage Studies program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, we’ll teach you how societies around the world select and preserve traditions, monuments, and important cultural artifacts—and how that affects public policy and advocacy.


Depending on what you want to accomplish in your career, you’ll choose between two concentrations of study. The Cultural Heritage concentration focuses on giving you an in-depth knowledge of international cultural heritage and its role in politics and diplomacy. You’ll also learn about how and why we conserve historical sites—and the damaging impact of looting and destruction of these places. If you choose the Cultural Heritage Administration concentration, your coursework will dive more into public policy and advocacy. 

You’ll get to study the role that museums and nonprofits play in educating the public—plus you’ll study the fundamentals of running and managing an organization that promotes cultural heritage understanding. No matter which concentration you choose, you’ll take 27 hours of coursework, including Issues in Global Cultural Heritage Preservation: Practice and Policy. You’ll also earn three credit hours completing a practicum or internship. And to graduate, you’ll complete a research project that proves you have the skills needed to enter the field.

The Master of Arts degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the only graduate program of its kind in the state. The M.A. degree in Cultural Heritage Studies provides students with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary to enter a career in the emerging fields of cultural heritage practice, policy, and management. The program is interdisciplinary; in addition to core and elective courses in art history, students will take additional relevant classes in anthropology and public administration. The small size of the program affords graduate students the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members in seminars and directed research projects.

Fast Facts:

  • UAB’s M.A. in Cultural Heritage Studies is the only program of its kind in Alabama.

Programme Structure


  • Issues in Cultural Heritage Policy and Practice
  • The Public Policymaking Process
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Scope of Public Administration
  • Capstone Internship: Experience and Presentation
  • Peace through Global Governance
  • Religion, Reconciliation, & Forgiveness

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) is required for acceptance into the program. 
  • The applicant should have completed 18 semester hours in related coursework such as art history, anthropology, history, political science, or museum studies, although this requirement may be waived depending on the applicant's background and preparation. 
  • Qualified applicants will be invited for a required personal interview, which may take place over Skype or similar. 
  • The committee will consider all applicant information to select students who will be offered program admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
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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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