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Digital Curation

12 months
4690 USD/module
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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. The Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation is offered at Johns Hopkins University.


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, offered through the graduate program in Museum Studies, 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 in all types of museums—from art museums to zoos—and related cultural heritage organizations.

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—including collection managers, registrars, curators, museum archivists, museum librarians, and others.

Students who are interested in pursuing both the MA in Museum Studies and the Digital Curation Certificate may apply to both programs simultaneously. Two core courses for the certificate may be taken as electives in the MA program and counted toward both the MA and the certificate, and vice versa, resulting in a total of 14 courses rather than 16 (see Museum Studies/Digital Curation Certificate). Students currently enrolled in either program may also apply to the other program at any time.

Career Opportunities

In addition to new skill requirements for professionals in traditional jobs, new positions are being created in museums that reflect the new demands for managing digital assets throughout their life cycle. Some titles of currently existing positions that illustrate the range of new career opportunities that are emerging in the museum field include:

  • Chief Officer of Digital Media
  • Digital Curator
  • Director, Digitization Program
  • Director of Research and Scientific Data Management
  • Digital Archivist
  • Digitization Specialist

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Digital Preservation 
  • Foundations of Digital Curation
  • Managing Digital Information in Museums 
  • Digital Curation Certificate Internship
  • Digital Curation Research Paper

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree 
  • Individuals with a master’s degree in museum studies or other relevant fields.
    • Students currently enrolled in the JHU museum studies master’s program (a separate application to the certificate program is required; no more than two courses, from a list of designated courses, may be applied to both the master’s degree and the certificate).
    • A grade point average of at least 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (work experience will also be considered)
    • Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and meet the GPA requirement but lack the necessary work experience may apply to the dual Museum Studies/Digital Curation Certificate program. Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their academic and career goals with the Digital Curation Program Coordinator prior to applying.

    Work experience

    at least 3 years of experience working in a museum, library, or archive, or related cultural heritage organization.

    Tuition Fee

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      4690 USD/module
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      Based on the tuition of 4690 USD per module during 12 months.
    • National

      4690 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 4690 USD per module during 12 months.


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