Historic Preservation M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


All graduate students enter the program in the fall. Most complete their studies after three semesters and a summer internship. Part-time enrollment is also possible by special arrangement.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in a preservation-related field such as history, architectural history, art history, architecture, engineering, planning, business administration, economics, community development, interior design, law, American studies, or environmental studies.

  • Applicants must take the general (aptitude) portion of the Graduate Record Examination and submit a writing sample.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Master of Science

Thirty-six credits of course work. A minimum of thirty-three credits (including an internship or thesis) must be taken in historic preservation.

Required courses in Historic Preservation:
HP 200History American Architecture3
HP 201History on the Land3
HP 204Historic Pres: Devlpmnt Econ3
HP 205Historic Preservation Law3
HP 206Rschg Historic Structure/Sites3
HP 302Community Preservation Project3
HP 304Contemp Preservation Plan&Pol3
HP 305Hst Preservation Pract Methods3
HP 306Architectural Conservation I3
HP 307Architectural Conservation II3
HP 303Grad Internship1-6
or HP 391 Master's Thesis Research
A written comprehensive examination given during the third semester
An internship in a preservation agency, or a written thesis. The internship or thesis may be undertaken upon completion of two semesters of concentrated course work with advisor's permission
Students also take one elective unless they elect to do a thesis instead of an internship. For the thesis option, a total of six credits is required for HP 391, as well as advisor's permission

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination for M.S. Historic Preservation students is required to be taken by the end of the final semester of courses. Normally this is scheduled during the second half of the fall semester. This written examination covers broad knowledge in historic preservation. Information on the date, general details, and format of this examination is provided to students in advance.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Completion of the above requirements.