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Historic preservationists draw on a variety of skills from allied disciplines; such as, architecture, urban planning, history and management, that is focused on the conservation of built and natural heritage for the betterment of our communities, both urban and rural. The Historic Preservation Certificate is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of preservation practice through a series of online seminar courses taught by practicing professionals in the field. Topics range from law and adaptive reuse practices to architectural history and placemaking, creating options for students with various backgrounds to gain necessary expertise that suits their professional backgrounds.



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Certificate Enrollment

The Historic Preservation Certificate is fully online and open to students studying from anywhere in the world.

Enrollment in the Historic Preservation Certificate* requires the submission of the Certificate Application Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 617.585.0135.

Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.

*An undergraduate degree is recommended, but not required for enrollment in the certificate program. Courses in this program are taught at the graduate-level.

Program Requirements

The Historic Preservation Certificate program requires the completion of 9 credits – one 3 credit required course and 6 credits of elective courses. It is recommended that students begin with the required course and then take the elective courses in whatever order they wish.

Historic Preservation Certificate students take the same courses as students in the Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation program.


Required Course / 3 Credits

Elective Courses / 6 Credits

Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings.