Heritage, Culture, Museums - Graduate

How to Apply

Please be aware that we will not be accepting applications for the Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural heritage Studies for the 2015-16 academic year.

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.You will meet and study with people who share your passion and commitment - and who will enrich your learning experience with their perspectives, their challenges and their insights.

Your participation options include:

Cultural Heritage Professionals

The programs are designed for energetic, self-directed early to mid-career professionals working or involved with cultural heritage in such diverse settings as museums, cultural and interpretive centres, art galleries, historic sites, parks and landscapes, community planning and urban revitalization initiatives across Canada and around the world.

Once you have completed the GPC and/or GPD, you may be able to utilize some of the credits toward a graduate degree at the University of Victoria, with the permission of the academic unit.

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Graduate Students in Related Programs

The programs are also designed to enable graduate students dedicated to and involved with cultural heritage who are currently or planning to be engaged in related Master's and PhD studies at UVic to undertake concurrent degree/certificate programs in which selected certificate courses are transferrable to the degree with the approval of the academic unit. You will learn with people from the many diverse disciplines that comprise cultural heritage study and practice. Concurrent degree/certificate students can receive both a graduate degree and a graduate professional certificate upon completion of program requirements.

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Cultural Resource Management Program Participants and Graduates

The graduate certificate and diploma programs allow Cultural Resource Management Diploma and Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning students and graduates to complete further study in the field of cultural heritage, provided you fulfill the admission requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and are admitted to the program.

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How To Apply

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: Application submission for September 2015 entry will open on October 15th, 2014. The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2015.

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: