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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.

CHRM 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. 

CHRM features 100% online instruction, with a Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate. Designed for working professionals, students can earn a University of Maryland degree while continuing to work full-time with minimal disruption to personal and professional life. Full-time or part-time study is welcomed. Students who successfully complete requirements for a certificate may apply these credits towards the master’s if the student applies and is admitted. Students with specific academic questions may contact Dr. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels, via email:

Master of Professional Studies in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management

  • 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. Learn more.

Graduate Certificate in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management

  • 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. Learn more.
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