Heritage, Culture, Museums - Graduate

How to Apply

Application for September, 2016 entry opens October 15, 2015. Application and supporting documents deadline for September, 2016 entry is March 15, 2016.

Applicants to the Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies

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

Your participation options include:

Cultural Sector Professionals

The program is designed for early to mid-career professionals working or involved within the cultural field 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.

Graduate Students in Related Programs

Concurrent graduate degree and graduate professional certificate studies

You can earn both a graduate degree and the graduate certificate by undertaking concurrent degree and certificate programs. This approach enables you to use some of the credits earned in the certificate toward your degree with the permission of the academic unit, with the proviso that no more that 50% of graduate degree units may be obtained through concurrent graduate certificate or diploma coursework. The following table notes shared course credits at the master's level that have been endorsed by UVic academic units.

Program Potential shared course units
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Up to 4.5 units toward the MBA
Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty of Education
Up to 4.5 units MA or the MEd with the permission of the graduate advisor
Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education
Up to 4.5 units toward the MEd in Leadership Studies
Department of History, Faculty of Humanities
1.5 units
Department of History in Art, Faculty of Fine Arts
3.0 units
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities
1.5 units, with additional 1.5 units subject to the approval of the graduate advisor
School of Public Administration
Up to 3.0 units toward the MPA with the permission of the graduate advisor
Department of Theatre, Faculty of Fine Arts
Up to 3.0 units toward an MA in Applied Theatre or Theatre History
Note: that other degree programs and other departments may be amenable to concurrent study arrangements by special arrangement. You are advised to discuss potential concurrent studies with the graduate advisor in your academic unit. Program staff will be happy to work with you and your graduate advisor to clarify partnership options.

Current Cultural Resource Management Program Students

Students currently enrolled in the Diploma in Cultural Resource Management or the Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning who are admissible to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and wish to make a transition to the graduate program, may transfer 1.5 units of HA 488 or HA 489 credit to the Graduate Professional Certificate with the approval of the Graduate Adviser. Where coursework is clearly equivalent to the 500 level courses (ie. HA 489K/CH570, HA 489C/CH571 and HA 489L/CH572), further transfers may be considered.

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:

Tips for completing the online Application form:

  1. 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 (Art History and Visual Studies),the Field of Study (Cultural Heritage), and concentration stream (Museum Studies or Heritage Conservation Planning).
  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 should leave blank.
  5. This program is a part-time study program.

Application deadlines:

Admission deadline: Application submission for September 2016 entry will open on October 15th, 2015. The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2016.

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. Contact for more information on how to make your acceptance deposit.

Submissions of documents:

The documents required to start the evaluation of your application must be uploaded at the time of application and must be received by the application deadline. As such, applicants are encouraged to apply early and make arrangements to ensure all supporting documents will be submitted by March 15, 2016.

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