BE Certificates

Interdisciplinary Certificates

Students in the College of Built Environments may supplement their professional degree with a certificate awarded in one of these three interdisciplinary programs.

Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The GCHP curriculum emphasizes the field of historic preservation and related developments in allied fields that address the multiplicity of issues in the identification, evaluation, and protection of cultural resources. The Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation is intended to enhance the education of matriculated UW graduate and professional students beyond their regular course of study. This certificate program is open to all UW graduate students to allow those with allied interests to incorporate preservation knowledge and skills in their future careers, expanding the reach of this discipline which is integral to our cultural knowledge and future cities, suburbs, and rural districts.

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Urban Design Certificate

Candidates for the Certificate in Urban Design typically have a physical design background, and hold an approved undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental design, or urban planning with a design emphasis. Alternatively, an equivalent background may be obtained during residency in the College. Courses are available to help students develop design awareness and basic skills in conceptualization and integration skills, including coursework in graphics and communication techniques and introductory studios. Applicants without sufficient design background should anticipate spending additional time (one to three quarters) at the University of Washington. Candidates without physical design skills may, in unusual circumstances, be awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Urban Design where a specialized program of advanced study in urban design (research, history, law and implementation, urban development) has been approved by the urban design faculty.

Upon acceptance in participating College programs, students interested in obtaining a Certificate in Urban Design must complete a Statement of Interest for the Program. Ideally, this should be done during the first week of instruction of the two-year programs or any time during the first year of the three-year programs.

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Graduate Certificate in Real Estate

The two-quarter program offers non-real estate UW graduate students an opportunity to learn the fundamental concepts and tools critical in the workings of real estate markets while helping them understand how their own fields of study can be useful in real estate.

Procedures for application to the graduate degree programs are detailed in individual departmental prospectuses. Applicants intending to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate are also encouraged to contact the program office for further information.

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