Apply for Master of Management Studies in Heritage Management


Heritage is a broad concept and an emerging field of practice for a range of disciplines. The Master of Management Studies in Heritage Management Programme at Ahmedabad University provides a multi-disciplinary conceptual understanding of heritage, along with managerial insights towards sustainable heritage management. Through course work, field work, field immersion, project exercise, practicum and thesis, the graduates would have gained holistic perspectives on heritage as well as relevant managerial strategies from business, sustainable, entrepreneurial and organisational points of view. The Programme is a pioneer in offering an educational approach to heritage management and is aligned with the Competency Framework for Cultural Heritage Management adopted by UNESCO.


Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) or equivalent from a recognised university in India or abroad.

A candidate who is yet to appear for the final year examination of the bachelor's degree or equivalent is eligible to apply. However, for such candidates (if selected), the final year/semester examination should have been completed by July 15, 2024, and the result of that examination must be declared by September 31, 2024, following which they must submit a photocopy of their mark sheet and degree certificate.

Application Process

Admissions Selection Process

Admissions Test

Shortlisted candidates must pass the online admissions test. The aim of the test is to understand the candidate’s passion for heritage irrespective of their prior education/work experience.

The test has two sections:

  • Section 1 - 'Understanding of Heritage Sector'
  • Section 2 - 'Experience Related to Heritage Sector' – candidates may share relevant information from their academic and professional experience, and upload supporting documents. While this is not mandatory for all, it will support the application if applicable.


  • Following the written test, selected candidates will be invited for a personal interaction.
  • An admissions offer will be made based on the statement of purpose, written test and personal interaction.

Fee Structure and Payment Schedule


  • The tuition fee for the programme for the academic year 2023-2024 is INR 3,50,000 (INR 1,75,000 per annum) and INR 40,000 (INR 20,000 per annum) towards books/ course materials/ activity charges. 

Payment for Securing Admission:

Selected candidates are required to pay the full fee for the first semester to confirm the admission.

Information about expenses for Mandatory Field Immersions and Field Visit as well as Optional Exchange Programmes

The above-mentioned fees do not include the expenses of travel and logistics pertaining to compulsory field immersion and study trips as well as the practicum programme. On an average students should be prepared to spend around INR 25,000 for field studies.

Financial Aid and Fellowship

At Ahmedabad University, we believe that finances should not stand in the way of pursuing education. 

Students can opt for a Fellowship of INR 50,000 per year, under which they are required to undertake Teaching Assistantship under a faculty member assisting them in teaching. Their effective fees would be INR 1.25 lakh per year.

Important Dates

Particulars Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Availability of Online Applications Forms September 1, 2023
Application Submission Deadline     December 15, 2023 January 15, 2024 April 15, 2024
Admissions Selection Process (Test-Interview) January 1-5, 2024 March 1-5, 2024 May 1-5, 2024
Notification of Admissions to Selected Candidates  January 10, 2024 March 10, 2024 May 10, 2024
Commencement of Academic Session July/ August 2024

Frequently asked Questions

How is the Programme structured?

The structure is as follows:

Semester 1 Key Conceptual Courses like Heritage Discourses, Conservation, Documentation, Heritage Economics, and so on
Semester Break Heritage Field Immersion
Semester 2 Various areas of Heritage Management, like Museums and Archives Management, Urban Heritage Management, Indigenous Knowledge Systems Management, Nature and Environmental Conservation, and so on
Summer Practicum and Independent Research
Semester 3 Thesis Proposal and Elective Courses
Semester 4 Thesis Completion, and Ethics and Professional Practice

Note: The above is an indicative flow of how a student may progress, but Ahmedabad University has a choice based credit system, which means a student can chart their own course plan and complete the necessary requirements to complete the programme.

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What is the educational background required to apply for the Programme? Should I have studied any specific subjects?

There is no specific background required for entry to this Programme. You must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in India or abroad. What is important is that you have a self-motivated interest or existing passion for heritage. You should consider whether the Programme is the right one for you and if it aligns with your career goals.

Is there any entrance test or interview?

The selection process includes an admissions test and interview. Shortlisted candidates, based on their application and Statement of Purpose (SoP) are invited for the test and interview.

What is the test about?

Heritage Awareness Survey and Preparedness Test has two components:

  • Section 1: Understanding of Heritage Sector – a general awareness test to evaluate the awareness and interest of the candidate in the area of heritage
  • Section 2: Experience Related to the Heritage Sector
    • Candidates who have pursued any studies or work related to heritage (in any of its manifestations) must submit samples of such work as evidence to support their answers in the awareness and preparedness test.
    • For work completed, candidates must upload a digital copy of the report/paper/drawings/ photographs or other related material.
    • For work/internship experience, candidates must upload a letter stating the nature and duration of the work.
    • For thesis/reports/articles, such documents must be uploaded.
    • For course/s taken, please provide the course outline/syllabus, or a summary of what the course/s covered.

The Admissions Committee will use this information to assess the awareness and preparedness of the candidate, which will be taken into account while making admission decisions.

What is the basis of selection for the Programme?

The selection process is based on Ahmedabad University’s holistic review process.

Criteria  Weightage 
Statement of Purpose  30%
Awareness and Preparedness Test 40%
Personal Interview 30% 
Total  100%

The key purpose of the selection process is to ensure the alignment of the applicant’s interest and the programme objectives. High scores in prior academic work may not always guarantee selection but an awareness of the broader field of the heritage sector and the applicant’s personal inclination towards the sector may make a convincing case.

If one has already been involved with the heritage sector either through earlier student projects and research or through practice and self-experience, it is easy to establish this eligibility. This eligibility will be assessed through the Statement of Purpose and interview as well as portfolio, if applicable.

Does Ahmedabad University provide a student housing facility?

Yes, Ahmedabad University provides housing options for its students. Please visit our website for information.

Programme Inquiry

For Admission Inquiry Contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
Ahmedabad University
[email protected]
Contact Number: +91.7226959511 | +91.79.61911302/133


About Centre for Heritage Management

Centre for Heritage Management offers specialised education in heritage studies and professional management of diverse heritage resources. This includes, but is not limited to, the management of monuments, crafts, museums, natural resources, tourism, urban development; as well as intangible heritage such as languages, music, customs and the performing arts.

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