Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

trinity historic presThe Maxine Goodman Levin 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. 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 a certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements detailed in the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog and listed below. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a university graduate certificate.

Historic Preservation Certificate Admission Requirements:

  • Submission of application for certificate admission and application fee.
  • Official transcripts confirming completion of baccalaureate degree, completed master’s degree, or completed JD degree.
  • Students must meet one of the following admission criteria:
  1. For bachelor's degrees earned within the past six years, the applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA for the bachelor’s degree of 2.75 (4 point scale),
  2. OR if the bachelor's degree is more than six years old, the applicant must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA,
  3. OR a minimum GRE score of the 50th percentile,
  4. OR completion of 12 graduate level credits at CSU with a minimum "B" in each course,
  5. OR completion of regionally accredited U.S. masters or Juris Doctorate degree.

Submit application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
2121 Euclid Ave
Attn: Application Processing Center
Cleveland, OH 44115

To facilitate the admission process, it is strongly recommended that applicants use the online application system. The processing time for paper application forms is longer.

Course Requirements

The certificate program consists of four courses for a total of sixteen credits. The final course is an elective, to be approved by the student's advisor and the certificate program coordinator. Students can select from a range of courses offered in the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, as well as history and/or other departments on campus.

Required Courses

  • UST 576 - Historic Preservation
  • UST 578 - Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation
  • UST 580 - Conservation Techniques for Historic Preservation
Contact Information

For more information please contact:
Public Affairs Student Services Center
Telephone: (216) 687-3884 / E-mail: