The smart next stop in your career in the cultural sector.

A career in the fields of museum studies and heritage conservation can take you in many directions. The versatile Diploma in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) provides you with the skills, experience and professional network that will make you feel current and confident in your work and take your career wherever you want it to go.

Program Description

The Diploma in Cultural Resource Management program offers practical, theoretical and management-based professional training, along with a recognized and respected diploma credential, in a flexible format taught by established industry experts.

Program Features

  • Comprehensive Programming: 10 courses: three core courses and seven electives, which can be completed in 2-3 years of part-time study
  • Flexibility: Can be completed entirely online; some face-to-face short immersion elective course options also available.
  • Professional Networking: Study with other cultural specialists from across Canada and beyond, led by instructors who are experts in their field.
  • Practical Experience: Internship option provides valuable  sector experience.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for career professionals working in the museum and heritage field, who are looking to gain valuable professional development and earn a credential. Students in this program come from a wide variety of cultural sectors and professions, including:

  • curators
  • collections managers
  • historical interpreters
  • museum designers and technicians
  • museum educators
  • heritage planners
  • public historians and many more

Program outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates should:

  1. Have developed a critical understanding of current principles, practices, and current debates in cultural resource management;
  2. Apply course learning and training to function within a professional context and have necessary skills to enter a career in the cultural resource management field;
  3. Apply a range of management and administrative knowledge and skills to maintain and strengthen the role and the impact of cultural organizations in society, and understand important cultural resource management practices, such as leadership, financial management, organizational behavior, or resource development;
  4. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Admission and completion requirements

To be admissible to the diploma program, applicants must normally:

  • hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • be admissible to UVic
  • be actively involved in a paid or volunteer capacity in related professional activities

During your program, you'll complete 15.0 units of academic credit (10 courses) with online or on-campus course work chosen from our program curriculum.

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator
  • Program/Historical Interpreter
  • Museum Technician
  • Learning and Public Programs Coordinator
  • Tour Guide
  • Heritage Planner



Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $100.00
Three required courses $1,650.00
Seven elective courses $4,800.00
Estimated Total $6,550.00*
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

Starting in
January, 2018
Accepting Applications
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
Apply by
Nov. 1, 2017
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Starting in
May, 2018
Accepting Applications
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
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March 1, 2018
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Starting in
September, 2017
Not Currently Accepting
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
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Dates TBD
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How to apply

Applying to our diploma program is a two-step process:

Step one: apply to the program on our website by clicking the “apply online” button. There is a $100 application fee that will only be debited if you are accepted to the program.

  • We encourage you to submit your CV by emailing a copy to our program assistant Irene Lo at

Step two: you must also apply and be accepted as an undergraduate or returning student at the University of Victoria. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the My UVic online application. 

  • For Program of Study, from the drop-down menus, select: Faculty > Fine Arts and Degree Type > Diploma.
  • Select your entry term in the term you will be registering. Please be aware that if you do not register in a course during your entry term, your UVic application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.
  • Submit one copy of your official transcripts to the University Admissions office as well. If possible, please notify our Program Assistant when you have ordered the transcripts so we can alert the admissions staff.

Please be aware that you can register for our courses before your application is approved.