Heritage, Culture, Museums - Graduate

How to Apply

Applicants to the Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

We welcome applications from individuals with a strong commitment to informed and meaningful practice in all aspects of the cultural heritage sector. Admission is a competitive process, based on both grades from prior studies, and on evidence of related professional experience and achievements.

Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

To be eligible for admission to the program, you must be admissible to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as such hold a baccalaureate degree with a minimum B (5.0) average in the last two years (30) units leading to the degree. Applicants with four or more years of relevant professional experience whose grade point average is below B may be considered for admission as a mature student.

Document check list:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • A minimum of two assessment reports (or letters of reference) preferably one academic and one professional; if you do not have an academic referee, please list two professional referees from cultural heritage workplaces
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • A professional resume or CV
  • Statement of intent (minimum 300 word statement outlining why you have chosen the GPC program and how theories, concepts, and methods will enhance your personal, professional and/or academic development)
  • For students pursuing a concurrent MA or PhD degree: a memo from your Graduate Adviser confirming the number of units that can be applied to your graduate degree

Tips for completing the online Application form:

  1. When completing the online application form, you will need to select your program of study (i.e. Cultural Heritage Studies Certificate). To do this, simply search for the Department (History in Art) and the Field of Study (Cultural Heritage).
  2. The entry term is: Fall
  3. When you see a question regarding Funding, you may leave it blank, unless applicable. You are not required to report if your individual museum or heritage site is financially supporting your studies, but you do need to report if you are receiving money from a governmental funding source.
  4. The Supervisor section you can leave blank.
  5. This program is a part-time study program.

Application deadlines:

Admission deadline: The Admission application submission for September 2014 will open on November 30th, 2013. If your complete application package is submitted by our early bird deadline of Feb. 15th, 2014 you will be notified of acceptance by March 30th. The final deadline for applying to the program is May 15, 2014.

Acceptance deposit: $350, paid directly to the Cultural Heritage Studies program. Due 4 weeks after your preliminary admission offer in order to secure a space in the program. This non-refundable deposit will be applied toward your tuition.

Submissions of documents:

The documents required to start the evaluation of your application must be uploaded at the time of application. These include unofficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended (including UVic), a copy of your CV/Resume, your statement of intent, and any other supporting documents. Referees will be required to submit the assessment form and/or letter of reference directly to UVic.

For complete guidelines about the submission of documents, please visit the GARO website:

Applicants to the Graduate Professional Diploma in Cultural Heritage Management

This program will be introduced in the 2014-2015 academic year, following the completion of the first cohort of the Graduate Professional Certificate in Heritage Studies.

Admission to the Graduate Professional Diploma (GPD) in Cultural Heritage Management is based on completion of the GPC in Cultural Heritage Studies, the Diploma in Cultural Resource Management or the Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation within the previous six years, and with a minimum of a 5.0 (B) average. Applicants holding a graduate degree or certificate in museum studies or heritage conservation may also be considered. All applicants must be admissible to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Please note that HA 560 Cultural Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability is a prerequisite for applicants who have not yet completed the GPC program.

Further guidelines regarding the GPD admissions process will be made available in 2014. If you wish to be placed on the interested list to receive GPD program updates as they become available, please contact: