This program is currently under review and is not accepting applications.

The Graduate Professional Certificate (GPC) in Cultural Heritage Studies provides advanced learning for emerging and mid-career individuals involved with a range of cultural heritage fields.

This distance program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis—one course per term—to enable you to balance your studies with your personal and professional commitments. Students complete five courses: four required core courses, plus one elective or practicum course within either the Museum or Heritage stream.

The program will strengthen your understanding of cultural heritage and community engagement, and build knowledge of professional practice and values necessary to keep pace in today’s rapidly changing context.

Program outcomes

Museum stream

  • Apply a range of knowledge and practical skills to maintain and strengthen the role of museums in a changing society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key areas of museum research and practice such as social engagement, visitor experience and curatorial planning and practice.
  • Apply course learning in a professional setting.
  • Identify a range of ethical and political issues that underpin current practices in the museum field.

Heritage stream

  • Define and discuss the terms, concepts and philosophical foundations of legal, regulatory and economic development tools; and of heritage resource management business principles and ethics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key areas of heritage research and practice such as heritage conservation planning, determining significance, defining authenticity and value-based management, and apply course learning in a professional setting. 
  • Identify the role of cultural heritage in the construction and preservation of identity and memory.


During your program, you'll complete five courses (7.5 units): four required core courses, plus one elective or practicum course.

Museum stream

Heritage stream

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program, you must be admissible to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and 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.

Completion requirements

During your program, you'll complete five courses (7.5 units): four required/core courses, plus one elective or practicum course. You are expected to complete one core course per term during the academic year (September to April) and complete your elective course or practicum or apply for a Personal Leave during the summer term (May to August).

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator
  • Conservation Officer
  • Heritage Planner
  • Museum Education Coordinator
  • Learning and Public Programs Coordinator
  • Museum Manager/Director



Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee ($144 for transcripts arriving from outside of Canada) $116.75
Four required courses $4,341.36
One elective course $1,085.34
Estimated Total $5,543.45*
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
Program under review
Not Currently Accepting
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
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Dates TBD
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