The Certificate in Historic Preservation was approved by the College of Architecture Executive Committee in November 1995 for the purpose of providing students in any graduate degree program at Texas A&M University the opportunity to develop a body of knowledge in historic preservation to support their career goals.

The certificate is based on the premise that historic preservation is a cross-disciplinary field in which practitioners must have mutual respect for others while building appropriate awareness, understanding, and abilities within a chosen area of expertise.

The certificate is awarded after completion of the program and must be signed by the head of the student's academic department and the dean of the college. The certificate contains the seal of the university and appropriate text. It will normally be presented at college ceremonies prior to the official university graduation exercises.


Graduate students shall declare the intent to seek the Certificate by filing an application at the time they file a Degree Plan for their chosen degree.

Certificate coursework must include ARCH 646: Historic Preservation Theory and Practice (3 credits), and at least 12 additional credits of coursework with preservation content.

At least three (3) credits must be taken from courses outside of the student's major department.

The degree program must include a professional study, professional paper, thesis or dissertation with a historic preservation focus.

online application for a certificate in historic preservation