Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) – School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University

Rutgers University
School of Arts and Sciences
     Graduate Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS)

Master of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Application Deadlines15 November for January 2014 admission
                                  1 March for September 2014 admission

This two year master’s degree program (30 credits) emphasizes the development of a broad understanding of heritage contexts and policies along with development of professional skills through seminars and directed internships. Its aim is to train students in theoretical and practical approaches to cultural heritage conservation, specifically the monuments, sites, objects and inherited practices that constitute the tangible and intangible remains of the past.

The program is multidisciplinary and cross-cultural in emphasis. Faculty includes both academics from a variety of disciplines and heritage professionals. Courses are also offered through CHAPS Abroad, emphasizing interaction with faculty and professionals within the host country. A major focus is practical professional experiences, which includes internship or fieldwork with an appropriate cultural institution, firm, or governmental/non-governmental agency. Opportunities are available at local, national and international levels, and reflect the student’s area of focus.

As an affiliated member of the Project Forum UNESCO – University and Heritage,CHAPS is globally focused and committed to working in collaboration with UNESCO for the protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage through joint research and education initiatives.

Application to the program is competitive and open to students with a bachelor degree and strong interest in cultural heritage studies, regardless of field. Applicants with related professional experience are welcome to apply.

For program information:
For application materials:
Program contact: Geralyn Colvil


Dual Master of Cultural Heritage and Preservation
Studies and Doctor of Law Program

Deadline for application: 1 March (fall admissions only)

CHAPS and Rutgers School of Law offer a four year dual MA/LLD degree program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the expanding fields of cultural heritage law and cultural heritage preservation.  It is designed for future lawyers and for those pursuing careers in cultural heritage preservation within governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as in cultural and public service institutions.

This program includes two and one-half years at Rutgers Newark Law School and one and one and one- half years at Rutgers CHAPS, New Brunswick studying Cultural Heritage Preservation. Students who take advantage of summer offerings in both fields could reasonably finish the dual program in three and one-half years.

Application is competitive. Students must apply and be accepted at both institutions.

Application Deadline: 1 March
For program information and application:
Program contact: Carol Roehrenbeck

Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies
Department of Art History
Rutgers University

71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick NJ 08901