Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Graduate students in Prof. Ashima Krishna’s Fall 2017 URP529: Documentation and Field Methods course exploring architectural styles in Buffalo’s historic Linwood neighborhood.

Graduate students in Prof. Ashima Krishna’s Fall 2017 URP529: Documentation and Field Methods course exploring architectural styles and physical environmental conditions in Buffalo’s historic Linwood neighborhood.

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation program welcomes interested students with educational and professional backgrounds in fields as diverse as architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, geography, ecological behavior, law, archaeology, history, journalism, art history and urban studies.

The Advanced Certificate in Historic Preservation may also be pursued concurrently with the Master of Urban Planning, the Master of Architecture, the Master of Science in Architecture,   or other graduate degrees at the University at Buffalo.

Curricular elements include history and theory, methods, environmental conservation, preservation planning and design and taking advantage of the incredible historic resources in the Buffalo Niagara region.

What will I be studying?

Required Foundations Course

  • URP528: Foundations in Historic Preservation (3 credits, spring)

Required Methods Course

  • URP529: Documentation and Field Methods in Historic Preservation (3 credits, fall)

Required Practicum

  • URP581/URP582/END581: Planning Practicum specializing in historic preservation (6 or 7 credits). To be taken in consultation with the specialization director

Required History of the Built Environment Courses* (minimum 2 courses)

  • URP501: Evolution of Urban Structure (3 credits, fall)
  • ARC531: Architecture History 1 (3 credits, fall)
  • ARC534: Architecture History 2 (3 credits, spring)
  • Any other course on history of the built environment, by permission

How much will it cost?

Tuition and fees: $10,497
Books and supplies: $1,438
On-campus room & board: $11,144

What are the other costs of this program?

For further program cost information click here.

* The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financial support options are available for this program?

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

  • Federal loans: *
  • Private education loans: *
  • Institutional financing plan: *

*There were fewer than 10 graduates in this program. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of graduates.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to take 1 year to complete.* 

* Fewer than 10 students completed this program in 2014-15. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Please Note:

If you are interested in becoming a professional historic preservationist, you may wish to review the Secretary of the Interior's requirements, which include a combination of education and experience.

Meet the Historic Preservation Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor Hiroaki Hata holds a post-professional degree in urban design from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University.
Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning - 335 Hayes Hall - (716) 829-5325
Erkin Özay is a registered architect and an urbanist with a research focus on urban asset distribution practices and their spatial impacts on the city, with a specific concentration on the design of educational environments. 
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, University at Buffalo
Professor - Department of Architecture - Capen Hall 549 - 716-645-6200
Kerry Traynor has been working in the field of historic preservation for over 20 years. Professor Traynor has a diverse background including work in the private and public sectors, as well as in academia.

Interested in an advanced graduate certificate in historic preservation?

Would you like to learn more?

Kevin P. Donovan
Director of Graduate Recruitment
129 Hayes Hall