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 3 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.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Master of Science

30 credits of course work with Graduate Internship or 33 credits with Master’s Thesis. A minimum of 30 credits must be taken in historic preservation.

Required courses in Historic Preservation:
HP 5200History American Architecture3
HP 5201History on the Land3
HP 5205Historic Preservation Law3
HP 5206Rschg Historic Structure/Sites3
HP 6302Community Preservation Project3
HP 6304HstPres Policy and Planning3
HP 6305HstPres Practical Methods3
HP 6306Architectural Conservation I3
HP 6307Architectural Conservation II3
An internship in a preservation agency or a written thesis. For the internship option, a total of 3 credits is required for HP 6991. For the thesis option, a total of 6 credits is required for HP 6391, as well as advisor's permission. The internship or thesis may be undertaken upon completion of 2 semesters of concentrated course work with advisor's permission.
A written comprehensive examination given during the third semester

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.