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Heritage Business Management

Professional Certificate in Heritage Business Management

Professional Certificate in Heritage Business Management

Online Program


15 months



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Take your heritage-related training and scholastic achievements a step further into business management. Learn the basics of business management as they relate to heritage companies and organizations. Understand accounting and finance application in project life cycles, capital management, and more. Discover how to market and sell your work, contract with clients, and bring value into your organization or research. Study operational workflows for efficiency and best practices for operations management. Appreciate how the element of people and relationship impact heritage fields in particular, including leadership, workplace planning, and cultural diversity. Once your ability to manage your work and people is evident, you can establish yourself as a skilled, qualified, and business-savvy professional with an eye for ambitious initiatives that are achievable, justifiable, and valuable.

For an in-depth program overview and top career tips from industry professionals, view our webinar.

Designed For

  • Working professionals already in a heritage-related field wanting to hone their business acumen
  • Working professionals with a non-heritage-related degree but working in a heritage field
  • Graduate students preparing to enter a heritage career and wanting to have a business-focused edge

What You'll Learn

  • Essentials of business management from a heritage-industry perspective, including basic concepts and function within a heritage business
  • Accounting and finance best practices and how project life cycles, capital consumption and management, and tax planning operate within the heritage industry
  • Marketing, sales, and contracting for heritage organizations
  • Best practices and principles for operations management
  • People-related concepts and considerations, such as emotional intelligence, harassment, and organizational change and strategy

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include for- and non-profit organizations, government, private companies, and more. Jobs might include the following fields:

  • Cultural resource management
  • Environmental compliance and consulting
  • Tourism and travel-related resources and attractions
  • Media such as magazine, television, and books
  • Research, preservation, and education
  • Museums and historical attractions
  • Architectural, planning, and construction design

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning The Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a heritage-related field.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree from a non-heritage field can be admitted if they currently work within the heritage industry.
  • A knowledge of English is required, as course materials and assignments will be delivered in English.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Business Management for Heritage Professionals

MGT X474.1

3 units

Quarter 2

Accounting and Finance for Heritage Professionals

MGT X474.2

3 units

Quarter 3

Heritage Sales, Marketing, and Contracting

MGT X474.3

3 units

Quarter 4

Heritage Operations and Project Management

MGT X474.4

3 units

Quarter 5

Peopling Heritage Organizations

MGT X474.5

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“For career success in the heritage industry, it is no longer sufficient to have training only in your discipline. Business training gives working professionals and graduate students the competitive edge in career advancement. The Professional Certificate program in Heritage Business Management is the only online program providing heritage-tailored business training for students and professionals. The program has been designed for archaeologists, historic preservationists, architects, museum scientists, tour operators, and others who work as the stewards and ambassadors of cultural heritage worldwide.”

Christopher D. Dore, Ph.D., M.B.A., MCIfA 8900, RPA 10331

Heritage Business International, L3C
Tucson, AZ

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