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Program Overview


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. 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.

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management include a Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate. The program welcomes full-time or part-time study. Students who successfully complete requirements for the Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master of Professional Studies if the student applies and is admitted.

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (MPS-CHRM) is a 36-credit graduate program designed to be completed in eighteen months of continuous enrollment while minimally disrupting personal and professional life. The MPS-CHRM 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 program 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.
  • Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (GC-CHRM) is an 18-credit graduate program designed to be completed in nine months of continuous enrollment. GC-CHRM emphasizes 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.

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management features online instruction which offers greater flexibility and increased opportunity to tailor learning that accommodates personal and professional responsibilities. UMD’s online learning environment delivers content through easy-to-use web-based technology that supports engaging and interactive learning. Instruction is provided by university faculty and experts in the field. The program uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).

Program Contact Information

Graduate Programs in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management is offered through the Department of Anthropology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 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 of Maryland, 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. Students with specific academic questions may contact:

Dr. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels
Department of Anthropology
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
0107 Woods Hall
4302 Chapel Lane
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7415

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