What is a Master of Professional Studies?
At the successful completion of this program, students earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Cultural and Heritage Resource Management. The CHRM MPS is a highly applied, interdisciplinary program in comparison to M.A. and M.S. degrees, which are often more research-oriented.
Who is the program for?
Both the MPS and the Graduate Certificate programs were designed for working professionals who wish to enter or advance in the field of cultural resource management. Classes are offered online to provide the most flexibility and accessibility for working professionals.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is set to be the same as in-state “resident” graduate tuition at the University of Maryland, which increases slightly year to year with inflation. Therefore tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Current resident tuition rates may be consulted here for UMD graduate tuition and fees. Students in the CHRM graduate program typically enroll in 6 credits per quarter.
Students also pay an off-site student services fee, which is currently $95 per quarter, and is expected to increase slightly with inflation each academic year.
Students will require access to a computer and internet in order to utilize the distance learning platform on CANVAS (www.elms.umd.edu).
Is there financial aid available?
No fellowships or graduate assistantships are available for the CHRM graduate program.
Domestic students in our program are eligible for the US Department of Education's Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans and Federal Grad PLUS Loans. Some of our students also have their tuition paid, at least in part, by an employer or other third party. The University's Financial Services Center provides Third Party Billing when the third party requires a bill from the university. More information about financial aid is available from the University of Maryland's Office of Student Financial Aid.
May I attend the program part-time?
Part-time enrollment is an option, but advancement to degree will take longer. We recognize that students working in the CRM industry will sometimes require flexibility in their plan of study. Please consult with the Program Director () about your plans.
How long does it take to earn the MPS degree? The Graduate Certificate?
Both programs run on a quarter-based academic calendar. Students complete the 10-course master degree in 17 months if they take 6 credits per quarter, which is the typical course load for the program. Students complete the 5-course graduate certificate in 9 months if they take 6 credits per quarter.
Where and when are classes held?
All courses are accessed through UMD’s online learning environment, which features easy to use web-based technology, supporting learning in an engaging, interactive environment that blends synchronous and asynchronous modes of instruction. Synchronous learning requires the student to login at a specific time, and involves live instruction and discussion-based engagement among program participants. Asynchronous learning modes allow the student to access and complete work at any time during the defined course schedule set by the instructor.
What is the time commitment? How much time should I expect to spend on each class?
Online learning is as rigorous and demanding as face-to-face, traditional courses. Be prepared to work a minimum of 9 hours per week for every 3 credit-hour course you take.
Who are the instructors?
The instructors in the CHRM program have the credentials and professional expertise in the field of CRM required to train the next generation of specialists.
What is the typical sequence of courses?
Please consult the plans of study detailed for the Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate degree options to see the typical sequence of courses.
General Admissions and Application FAQ
What is required for the application?
- Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages)
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Writing Sample
Is the GRE required?
No. We do not require GRE scores for admission, but you may submit your scores if you desire.
What is the institution code for the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland, College Park institution code is 5814.
What is the Program Code?
The program code for the Master of Professional Studies degree is MPCH.
The program code for the Graduate Certificate is Z121.
What do I include on the personal statement?
The personal statement is your opportunity to articulate your professional goals, how your professional background and experience will lead to success in the CHRM graduate program, and how the program will help you achieve your goals.
What is the application deadline?
Fall 2019 Priority Deadline: June 14, 2019
Fall 2019 Final Deadline: July 26, 2019
Spring 2020 Final Deadline: January 31, 2020
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
How can I have my application fee waived?
The department does not waive application fees. However, the Graduate School waives the application fee for applicants who may have attended specific organizations and/or preparatory programs. For more information and to view the listing of such preparatory programs, please visit this link: https://gradschool.umd.edu/feewaivereligibility.