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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 architecture, architectural history, history, planning, business administration, economics, engineering, interior design, law, 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:36
History American Architecture
History on the Land
Historic Pres: Devlpmnt Econ
Historic Preservation Law
Rschg Historic Structure/Sites
Community Preservation Project
Contemp Preservation Plan&Pol
Hst Preservation Pract Methods
Architectural Conservation I
Architectural Conservation II
Grad Internship
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 or three semesters of concentrated course work
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

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 for  the second week of November. 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.