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Heritage Conservation

Graduate Certificate


of All Higher-Ed Institutions

-Center for World University Rankings, 2022

One of only two fully-online graduate certificates in heritage conservation in the country

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 15
Cost Per Credit: $650
Mission San Xavier Del Bac

College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Program Details

Develop a strong knowledge base and tangible skills for professional preservation practice in heritage conservation for the built environment.

The Heritage Conservation program prepares students to enter the public and private sectors such as the National Park Service, local historic preservation offices and museums, and cultural resources consulting firms. This practice is part of a comprehensive ethic of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. 

This program is a participant in the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (DSCESU). Through the DSCESU, Heritage Conservation students have engaged in service-learning projects. They have been hired as research assistants for projects such as Valle Caldera National Preserve, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Organ Pipe National Monument and Zion National Park.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program consists of five three-credit courses:

ARC 571F: Introduction to the Conservation of Cultural Resources
PLG 564: Preservation Planning
LAR 597J: Documentation & Interpretation of the Historic Built Environment
ARC 571S: Contemporary Architecture and Urban Theory
LAR 565: Cultural Landscapes



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation will build core skills, including:

  • Active listening
  • Analyzing historical data
  • Architectural conditions assessment
  • Community engagement
  • Data analysis
  • Graphic communication
  • Historic documentation
  • Historic research
  • Preservation plan development
  • Professional report writing
  • Recording historical data
  • Remediation of historic landscapes
  • Surveying historical data
  • Writing and communication

Graduates of the Historic Preservation Program will be qualified to pursue careers as cultural resource specialists and historic preservationists.

Graduates who have complementary degrees in other fields are prepared for the following careers: 

  • Landscape Architect in Cultural Landscape Preservation
  • Historic Landscape Architect
  • Cultural Landscape Specialist
  • Historical Architect
  • Urban Planner in Historic Preservation
  • Archivist
  • Museum Curator
  • Educator
  • Cultural Anthropologist