Admission Guide: Heritage Management, MA
Guide to Completing the Application for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Master of Arts in Heritage Management
Program Website: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/depts/anthropology/masters.php
Entry Term: Fall
Priority Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: May 1
The next cohort for the MA in Heritage Management will begin in Fall 2025. Applications are not being accepted for 2024.
Program Purpose and Goals
The master’s degree in Heritage Management is designed for students who seek heritage-related careers in a multitude of government agencies, private-sector consulting firms, educational institutions, and various other organizations engaged in the interpretation, preservation, and perpetuation of cultural heritage (such as heritage centers and museums). We emphasize heritage training in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands but will contextualize these regional specializations globally.
- Create a workforce of historic preservationists who are committed to the long-term management of Oceanic cultural resources;
- Increase the representation of descendant communities in leadership positions in heritage management;
- Assist community planners in more sensitive treatment of traditional cultural properties, human burials, sacred sites, ancient habitation sites, agricultural systems, and trails;
- Provide training to meet the federal professional standards for archaeologists as defined in 36 CFR Part 61;
- Provide training to meet the professional qualifications of principal investigators as defined in Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules (HAR) 13-281 for conducting archaeological fieldwork and for conducting cultural impact assessments.
Participants of the program will
- Perform community-based research in heritage management;
- Develop skills in archaeology, cultural impact assessment, and collections management related to heritage management;
- Prepare a thesis project based on original field research and internships;
- Present results in oral and written publications;
- Interpret and critique heritage literature.
M.A. Application Checklist
- UH Hilo Graduate application form Online
- $50 Application fee paid online
Uploaded with your Online Application in the Documents Tab
- Personal statement of objectives including applicant’s planned area of community-based heritage research.
- A writing sample demonstrating the candidate’s technical writing skills. This could include a copy of an undergraduate term paper of at least 10 pages, an undergraduate thesis, a community grant application, or a professional report prepared primarily by the candidate.
Requested in the Online Application Recommendations Tab
- 3 Recommendations from academic and/or professional referees.
Sent Directly to the UH Hilo Graduate Division
- Official transcripts sent directly from all non-UH system colleges or universities you have attended.
- Official transcripts from UH system institutions will be pulled via STAR.
- We recommend certified electronic transcripts sent directly from your institution to the UH Hilo Graduate Division- email@example.com.
- Baccalaureate degree transcripts from international institutions must be submitted to an independent transcript evaluation service.
Hard Copy transcripts should be mailed to:
UH Hilo Graduate Division
200 W. Kawili Street
COBE Building, Room 201
Hilo, HI 96720
For international applicants
- Baccalaureate degree transcripts from international institutions must be submitted to an independent transcript evaluation service. More information can be found at International Graduate Student Information.
- Official college transcripts in the original language and official translations into English must be provided. To expedite your application, all graduate applicants with international transcripts are required to send the baccalaureate transcript for professional evaluation by one of the credential evaluation services listed on the International Graduate Student Information page.
- Only graduates of accredited universities will be considered for acceptance.
- International Graduate Student Supplemental Information Form/Confidential Financial Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native speakers of English; see Eligibility Criteria), UH Hilo (Code: 4869)
As of the Fall of 2021, the Heritage Management program is not requesting GRE scores.
Applications will be examined beginning Jan. 15 for admission to the following Fall semester. After Jan. 15, applications will be accepted on a space available basis until May 1. The UH Hilo Graduate Division receives applications and supporting documents and maintains the applications through final notification.
Applications that meet the admission criteria will be forwarded to the Anthropology Graduate Admissions Committee for a comprehensive review and consideration for admission into the program. Admission decisions made by the committee will be forwarded to the Graduate Division which sends the final notification to the applicant.
The applicant’s admission status is valid only for the semester to which the applicant is accepted. Applications for students who do not register or who withdraw from the University are voided but retained for a period of two (2) years. Students may reapply for admission to the next year by submitting a new application to the Admissions Office with the application fee.
Eligibility Criteria for Admission
Acceptance is granted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee based on the six criteria listed below. An applicant must:
- Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited US institution or from a nationally recognized foreign institution.
- In her/his personal statement, list advisor(s) from the Heritage Management M.A. faculty who agrees to sponsor the application and to serve as primary advisor upon acceptance to the program. Also, the personal statement should describe the proposed community-based research project that the applicant intends to complete for their thesis.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 = A scale) or the equivalent in the last four semesters of approximately 60 semester credits of undergraduate and/or in all post- baccalaureate work. Candidates with less than a 3.0 GPA may still be considered if they can demonstrate additional post- baccalaureate professional development that compensates for the GPA.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from references who have observed or supervised the applicant’s performance and are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s academic achievement, ability to pursue graduate study, and general character.
- Earn a score of 550 TOEFL (paper based), 213 (computer based) or 79 (internet based), or 6.0 IELTS (for students who have not attended an English language university, or for whom English is not the primary language).
Recommended coursework prior to admission
- Major or minor in Anthropology, Hawaiian Studies, or History;
- 1 year of non-English language related to proposed thesis project;
- Mastery of undergraduate courses in writing and technical writing
Transfer of Credits
Requests for transfer of graduate credits must be made during the first semester in which the student is enrolled in the program. Only credit hours with a grade of B or better from accredited universities are transferable. Transfer credit hours must have been completed within five years preceding the date upon which the advanced degree is to be conferred by UH Hilo, and must not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree. The Heritage Management program will decide which credits will be transferred.
For more information, please contact:
Required Courses (36 Credits)
Core Courses (Required for all HM MA Students):
Note: All MA candidates must have completed one year of coursework in a language, or pass a language exam for a non-English language related to their thesis. Language credits, if needed are not counted towards completion of the MA degree.
Topical Course Electives (Choose 1):
Area Electives (Choose 1):
Applied Analytical Methods (Choose 2):
Thesis and Internship Courses:
(6 Credits Required)
(6 Credits Required)
Students in this program pay the Graduate Tuition Rate. Resident and Non-Resident rates are available.
Total Credits in Program: 36 Credits
Students are charged tuition on a per credit hour basis up until 12 credits per semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to find a faculty sponsor?
Yes, you are required to contact individual faculty members whose research interests are similar to your own and who agree to sponsor your application to the program. It is recommended that you begin faculty contact well before the application deadline. Faculty sponsorship is required for program acceptance.
How do I find a faculty sponsor?
Heritage Management faculty information can be found below and on the Anthropology Department website.
** How long does it take to complete the program?**
The M.A. is designed to be completed in 4 semesters with the summer between the first and second year devoted to the completion of thesis field work.
What are the entrance requirements?
See Check List and Criteria for Admission on the first page of this form.
Do I have to take the GRE?
No, the Heritage Management program is no longer requiring that GRE scores be submitted.
Can I transfer credits?
Yes, up to 6 credits, subject to program approval.
When will the program start?
Classes for new students begin in the fall semester of odd numbered years.
How much will it cost to live in Hilo?
You should budget approximately $31,000 per year (residents of Hawaiʻi) and $44,000 (non-residents) for tuition, books, housing, food, and personal expenses. More information can be found on the Cost of Attendance page.
Heritage Management Faculty
Joseph Genz firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., UH Mānoa, Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Impact Assessment, Voyaging and Navigation
Kathleen Kawelu email@example.com
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Hawaiian Archaeology, Community-based archaeology
Lynn Morrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Medical Anthropology, Human Osteology
Christopher Reichl email@example.com
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, Japanese Studies
Tarisi Vunidilo firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Auckland
Eileen “Momi” Naughton email@example.com
Director, Heritage Center
Hawaiʻi Community College, Kō Education Center
Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
Cultural Anthropology, Heritage Interpretation and Preservation