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College of Information Science and Technology

College of Information Science and Technology

School of Information Systems and Management

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CMDA Certificate

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The Curation and Management of Digital Assets (CMDA) Certificate is a post-master's program that focuses on instruction about and research into the creation, management, and use of digital assets, and the long-term preservation and current and future access to those assets in a variety of disciplines and sectors of the economy. It is a four-course, fully online certificate designed for working professionals who need training in next-generation cloud computing technologies, tools, resources, and best practices to help them evaluate, select, and implement digital curation solutions.

In the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, across the nation, and around the world, the need for professionals to manage and curate digital assets is acute. Major corporations, government agencies, international organizations, universities, cultural heritage institutions, and scientific organizations need information professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage, preserve, and curate digital resources.

For information on Faculty, the First CMDA Certificate Cohort, and syllabi for the courses, please visit the CMDA Blog at:

Applications for the 2016 CMDA Certificate Cohort are now closed. Check back for announcements about our next cohort!

Watch an Information Session!

Want more information? Watch one of our virtual information sessions! Hear more about the instructors, curriculum, and capstone project, and ask questions about the program and application process. No registration required. Just click on the link to be taken to the virtual Adobe Connect space.

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The CMDA certificate is designed for professionals from a wide variety of information management backgrounds, and it is flexible enough to accommodate individuals working full or part-time.  

Students enrolled in the CMDA certificate will complete their coursework together as a cohort, beginning their instruction at the same time and proceeding through their program as a cohesive unit over the course of twelve months. Unlike the online degree programs that follow the university’s regular academic schedule, the certificate program will run in four, 12-week segments beginning in June.

Inaugural Cohort 2015–2016 Schedule

INST 640 - June 1–August 21, 2015

INST 641 - August 31–November 20, 2015

INST 742 - November 30, 2015–February 26, 2016

INST 744 - March 7–May 27, 2016

Program Requirements

The CMDA Certificate requires the completion of four courses, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The following courses are taken in sequence within one calendar year.

  • INST 640: Principles of Digital Curation, 3 credits
  • INST 641: Policy Issues in Digital Curation, 3 credits
  • INST 742: Implementing Digital Curation, 3 credits
  • INST 744: Solving Problems in Digital Curation, 3 credits

Tuition and Fees

Please visit our tuition and fees page for more information on the cost of the CMDA Certificate program. Students admitted into the certificate program are eligible for in-state online tuition.

Admission and Registration

The application for the second cohort in the CMDA certificate is now CLOSED. Check back for updates on the next round of applications.

All applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School. These are:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of international applicants who are not native speakers of English.

In addition, CMDA certificate applicants must also meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science; or master’s degree in a related area and relevant experience.
  • Certificate must be pertinent to applicant’s current position.

Required Application Materials

The following materials must be submitted for acceptance:

  • Graduate School Application
  • Transcripts
  • Current resume or CV
  • A Statement of Purpose (500 words) about the applicant’s interest and how the certificate will contribute to the applicant’s career
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a supervisor or someone who can speak to the applicant’s capacity for successfully completing the certificate program and how the certificate will contribute to the applicant's career


Applicants must send official, sealed undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all post-secondary schools they have attended. The online application requires that you upload transcripts (unofficial or official), but you also must send official transcripts to the following:

University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operation—Attn: Graduate Admissions
Room 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742

Application Submission Process

All application materials are submitted electronically through the Graduate School’s ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by the Professional Education Committee at the iSchool. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students. International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer and contact them with related questions. Please also visit the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

Help with the Application

Those who have begun the application process are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s helpdesk for any technical issues. Students who have not started the application process should direct questions related to the ApplyYourself application process to the Graduate School.

Contact Information

For general program questions, please contact the CMDA Certificate Program Coordinator at:

Admissions questions should be directed to:

Student Services Office
College of Information Studies
Room 4110, Hornbake Building South
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4325
Tel: (301) 405-2038
Fax: (301) 405-9145