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MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage

The American University of Rome
15 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
On campus
Fall semester
The American University of Rome

Program description

MA in Sustainable Cultural Heritage

The greatest challenge facing cultural heritage is ensuring the long-term preservation of the world’s monuments, artistic treasures, historic buildings and cultural traditions. Threatened by decay, cutbacks in public spending, pressures from increased tourism, gentrification and climate change, the challenges have never been greater.

This program shapes a new type of professional by offering liberal arts, humanities and social science graduates the opportunity to acquire the practical skills necessary to become a heritage professional in the 21st century.

Rome is at the center of debates about global heritage. With major international organizations based in the city as well as the greatest concentration of heritage monuments and works in the world, Rome serves as the ideal base from which to prepare students for a career in this field. In addition, AUR’s connections with numerous cultural institutions both in Rome and throughout the Mediterranean allow practical experience in professional circumstances that will help to shape each student’s career.

Admission requirements

Applications for M.A. Programs starting in Fall 2019 are now open

Students must apply by the February 1st deadline to be eligible for Merit Scholarships.

Application Fee (non-refundable):

  • 60 Euros for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than the United States or Canada.
  • 60 US Dollars for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

The application fee covers the administrative cost of processing all applications received. It is not refundable under any circumstances. It is payable online.
For U.S. Veterans, AUR students and alumni the application fee will be waived.

Checklist of required documents:

  • A completed online application form

  • Official university transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent and a bachelor's degree.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A motivation letter (minimum 700 words) that explains your career goals and interest in the relevant M.A. program 

  • At least one academic letter of recommendation (from an academic advisor or professor at the undergraduate/graduate level), and one professional letter of recommendation (applicants in the workforce for more than 5 years may submit two professional letters of recommendation)

  • A scan of the student's passport photo page or European Union ID

  • For students whose previous degrees were conducted in a language other than English: Official TOEFL results (minimum scores Paper-based: 637, Computer-based: 270 and Internet-based: 110) or IELTS Academic (minimum score 7). An academic writing sample is strongly recommended to demonstrate the candidate's mastery of the language and critical thinking skills.

Recommended for Merit Scholarship Applicants

The admissions committee highly recommends that all candidates submit a sample of academic writing demonstrating research abilities to be taken into consideration both during the admissions and merit scholarship selection process.

Official Documents

All admissions decisions are conditional on receiving official/original documents:

  • Official Final Transcripts must show the final GPA, a complete list of courses, and date/description of degree conferred. To be official, U.S. and Canadian transcripts must be delivered in a sealed envelope or via certified PDF. For students of international universities, official documents may be shown and photocopied in person.

  • Official ESL Test Scores must be sealed and sent by the test provider.

  • Letters of Reference: if scanned or sent by anyone other than the author, please provide an email address and telephone number where the referee can be reached.


Personal interviews are required of all applicants. They may be conducted face-to-face, on the phone, or via video-conferencing. Upon completion of the application, students will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule an interview.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants without any significant professional experience may submit two academic letters of recommendation, while those who are returning to university from the workforce may submit two professional letters of recommendation instead.

GRE results

GRE results are not required for admission into AUR's M.A programs, however, test results are always welcome in addition to the documents listed above. They are recommended (but not required) for students applying for merit-based scholarships. 


Students applying by the February 1st deadline merit scholarship will receive a decision notification via email no later than March 1st, 2019. When rolling, completed applications will receive a decision within one month of the final interview.

Student Visa

Non-EU/EEA citizens and residents must apply for a student visa upon acceptance. The necessary documentation will be provided to each accepted student once the deposit has been paid. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the student visa is obtained before arriving in Italy. As it may take several weeks to obtain an appointment with the local Italian Consulate, appointments should be made no later than May 15th for a date no more than 90 days prior to the arrival date (26 August 2019), or June 29, 2019. Contact your admissions counselor if any issues arise during the process.

The University reserves the right not to run an M.A. program if it does not enroll sufficient numbers of students. Acceptance to an M.A. program does not automatically guarantee that the program will run.

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The American University of Rome

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The American University of Rome is dedicated to providing a unique educational experience to forward-thinking students from all over the world. At AUR, we pair a commitment to academic excellence with the curation of practical professional skills, so that upon...

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00153 Rome

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