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.


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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, including three core courses and seven electives, which can be completed in two to three 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

Program partners

Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Art History and Visual Studies

As well as various community partners and organizations.

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, organization 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.

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, some of which include:

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

Career options

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


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Courses and fees

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.

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Program planning

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see our upcoming offerings, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $100.00
Three required courses $1,886.67
Seven elective courses $5,486.18
Estimated Total $7,472.85*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Explore financial support options for Cultural Resource Management students on the Awards, scholarships and bursaries page.

Deposit/withdrawal fee policy for face-to-face courses only:

All requests to withdraw from a course should be sent in writing to Please include your name, your student number, and the course name or number.

  • Non-credit tuition fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw prior to the course Registration Deadline noted on your receipt. Any withdrawal following that date will be assessed a minimum $100.00 administrative fee.
  • Credit students are required to pay a deposit of $100 at the time of registration  to the Division of Continuing Studies. This deposit will be refunded following the second day of the face-to-face class, so long as the student has not withdrawn. In addition to this fee, regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the University of Victoria Calendar apply. Full tuition and student fees for credit students continue to be payable to UVic Accounting.

Application information

Admission requirements

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

  • hold a bachelor’s degree, or have completed a minimum equivalent of two years of post-secondary education
  • be admissible (or already admitted) to UVic
  • have a minimum 6 months experience and be actively involved in a paid or volunteer capacity in the cultural, museum or heritage sector to provide a context for studies

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  through the online application; if you prefer you may email a copy to our program assistant, Irene Lo at

Step two: once you hear back from the office, 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. 

Application dates

Starting in
September 2024
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July 1, 2024
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Starting in
January 2025
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Nov. 1, 2024
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Starting in
May 2025
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March 1, 2025
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