Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation

Mission San Xavier del Bac

The five-course, 15-unit fully online Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation educates students in the preservation of the built environment as part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. The Southwestern United States is a unique laboratory within which to explore a range of cultures, architectural styles and landscapes, online or on-ground.   

The focus of our program is preparing students for practice in the field of heritage conservation. Our alumni work in the public and private sectors, including employment with the National Park Service, local historic preservation offices and museums and cultural resources consulting firms. 

Students may pursue the Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation alone or may combine it with other degrees, including the Master of ArchitectureMaster of Science in ArchitectureMaster of Landscape Architecture and Master of Science in Urban Planning.

The University of Arizona’s Heritage Conservation program is an active member of the National Council for Preservation Education.

Our program is a participant in the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (DSCESU), a cooperative network of federal, university and nongovernmental agencies studying and managing natural and cultural resources across the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, expanding opportunities for students to work on projects with federal agencies. Through the DSCESU, heritage conservation students have engaged in service learning projects and have been hired as research assistants for projects at places such as Valle Caldera National PreserveCasa Grande Ruins National Monument and Zion National Park. Formed in 2000, and encompassing the Sonoran, Mojave and Chihuahuan Deserts, the DSCESU has been involved in more than 400 projects, with funding totaling over $19 million.