The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

This graduate-level certificate is an interdisciplinary effort between the College of Architecture + Planning,
the College of Humanities Department of History, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Public Administration
Program. The program focuses on historic preservation issues in the western United States in the twenty-first century
with an overall goal of advancing appropriate historic preservation practices nationwide.

Historic Preservation

Historic preservation is a broad-based practice encompassing architecture, planning, historic research, and
public administration. Trends in sustainability and stewardship of the built environment are expected to expand
and require practitioners who are familiar with the opportunities and synergies that historic preservation can create.
Opportunities in historic preservation continue to grow as the inter-relationship between property owners, architects,
engineers, construction professionals, planners, public administrators, historians, and the public become more complex.

Program Purpose

The program is a forum for developing skills used in the interdisciplinary practice of historic preservation.
The certificate complements the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (M.C.M.P.), Master of
Public Administration (M.P.A.) and graduate degrees in History and seeks to provide opportunities for graduate
students throughout the University of Utah to learn more about historic preservation. The program is also open to
professionals not enrolled at the University to enhance their professional development.

Completion Requirements

The program requires the completion of 15 credit hours (CH) that are divided into four categories:

Foundation Knowledge 3
Methods 3-6
Content 3-6
Capstone Experience 3

Click here to see our Historic Preservation Course Offerings


All students entering the program must have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Graduate students accepted or enrolled at the University of Utah should send a letter of intent to the historic
preservation program director stating their interest in enrolling and how the certificate will benefit their professional

In addition to the letter of intent, applicants from outside the university must complete the graduate school
application and submit two letters of reference. Application materials received after April 1st will be considered on a
space-available basis. All applications will be reviewed by the CA+P Admission Committee and applicants will be notified
of their acceptance. All students not enrolled in the University of Utah graduate school will be classified as non-matriculated.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click here. (PDF)