May 22, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024

Historic Preservation, Graduate Certificate

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This program is not accepting new admits as of the Summer 24 semester.


The School of Urban Affairs offers a certificate program in Historic Preservation. The program is central to the School’s mission to provide academic and professional education, expertise, and research capabilities to enhance the quality of life in urban communities.

Career Information

The certificate program offers a sequence of courses to graduate students and professionals who wish to learn about historic preservation to enhance their careers as preservationists, urban planners, local government officials, or in other urban-oriented professions.  The program provides a solid understanding of the basic concepts, policies, practices and issues in contemporary historic preservation.

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold regular admission status may be admitted to the certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements detailed in the Admissions  section of this Catalog. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a University graduate certificate. Credits earned for the certificate may apply toward a graduate degree, as approved by the student’s graduate program director and in keeping with policies of the College of Graduate Studies.

Submit application materials to Campus 411 All-In-One, Berkman Hall, Room 116.

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For further information, contact:
Public Affairs Student Services Center
Urban Affairs Building, Suite 205
Phone: (216) 687-3884

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program consists of four courses for a minimum of fifteen credits. The introductory course UST 576 - Historic Preservation  introduces students to the practice of historic preservation in the United States. The class focuses on the history of U.S. preservation, federal, state and local policies, and preservation planning tools and strategies.  There is an emphasis on Greater Cleveland, although cases from around the nation and world are discussed. 

  gives students an in-depth view of a few key issues in historic preservation with contemporary relevance to Cleveland/Northeast Ohio. The third course,   addresses the technical methods of conserving historic buildings. Students gain knowledge about building conditions, rehabilitation processes, and financing and policy tools. The final course is an elective, to be approved by the student’s advisor and the faculty member overseeing the certificate. Students can select from a range of courses offered in the School of Urban Affairs, as well as history and/or other departments on campus.

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