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Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (CHRM) provide interdisciplinary and rigorous training to emerging scholars and working professionals in the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in cultural and heritage resource management. CHRM graduate programs include a masters of professional studies or a graduate certificate. Designed by practicing professionals, CHRM graduate programs help meet the growing needs of the industry and opens doors to employment or advancement with private contracting firms, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. Increase your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, and career advancement readiness.

The Masters of Professional Studies in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (MPS-CHRM) may be completed in as little as 18 months without taking leave time from work. The 36-credit curriculum provides rigorous training to broaden knowledge and understanding of cultural and heritage resource management, specifically in areas identified as critical by the practicing professionals within the field, laboratory, and management of areas of the discipline. The MPS-CHRM highlights intensive research methods, ethics, communication, management, technical writing, and critical thinking skills throughout all coursework, a management level practicum or internship, and a technical report highlighting a CHRM research project.

The Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (GC-CHRM) is an 18-credit curriculum emphasizing professional development, ethics, and writing as well as professional communication, critical thinking, career options, and an internship or practicum with a cultural or heritage resources management agency or firm within the private sector or government. Students who successfully complete requirements for the GC-CHRM may apply these credits towards the MPS-CHRM. Students must first submit an application; if applying within a five-year period, students do not need to re-submit accompanying application materials or pay the application fee.

CHRM professional degrees, delivered mostly through UMD’s online learning environment, offer flexibility and accessibility that fits in with your personal and professional responsibilities. Online learning features easy to use web-based technology that enables learning in an engaging, interactive environment. Course lectures are using advanced audio and video technology. Students attend lectures in real time via the use of webcams and headsets with microphones. Lectures, slides, and Q&A interactions are video-archived for review and for those who cannot attend the lectures in real time. CHRM uses the 12-week term format wherein students complete course work in 11 weeks with week 12 reserved for finals (see Calendars & Deadlines). Instruction is provided by Department of Anthropology faculty, practicing professional archaeologists, and CHRM specialists.

CHRM is offered through the Department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. Considered one of the top applied anthropology programs in the U.S., the Department of Anthropology has a strong commitment to preserving and transmitting the knowledge of the past, illuminating the challenges of the present, and contributing to their solutions and shaping the future. The department is nationally recognized for having an excellent program in applied anthropology and is prepared to further collaborations within the University, locally, and globally. Unlike most traditional academic programs, the department has established itself as a cutting edge leader for preparing practicing professionals entering careers outside of academia with its Masters in Applied Anthropology, and by creating partnerships and educational opportunities with the community of practicing professionals.

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