Curriculum

The MS Historic Preservation is a 49-55 credit program and can be attended on a full-time or part-time basis. Students choose to focus upon one of two tracks: Documentation and Research - open to students with non-design or design backgrounds; or Preservation Design - requiring an undergraduate major in a design discipline.

Based upon evaluation of previous coursework, students may achieve advanced standing in the program or may be required to begin the program with one or two courses, taken in the summer prior to their first fall semester.

Total Credit Hours: 49-55 credits

Pre-year One

SUMMER

  • Introduction to Drafting, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Visualization, 3 credits

First Year

FALL (12 credits)

Integrated Preservation Projects: 

  • Uncovering the Past: Tools, Methods & Strategies, 3 credits
  • Building Conservation & Assessment, 3 credits 
  • Architectural Forensics & Documentation, 3 credits 
  • Issues in Contemporary Perspectivs, 3 credits

SPRING (13 credits)

  • Collaborative Preservation Project, Modernism, 4 credits
  • American Architecture or Vernacular Architecture, 3 credits
  • GIS for Design and Development, 3 credits
  • Preservation Economics, 3 credits

OR

  • Study Abroad: Anhalt University, Dessau, Germany, – Modernism Focus*

Summer Options

  • Study Away (3 credits)
    • Preservation Institute Nantucket – 18th/19th Century Vernacular Focus
    • Giuseppe Terragni Archive, Como, Italy – Modernism Focus
  • Internship

Second Year

FALL (12 credits)

  • Collaborative Preservation Project, Adaptive Reuse & Urban Regeneration, 6 credits
  • Thesis Preparation, 3 credits
  • Designated Elective, 3 credits

SPRING (9 or 12 credits)

  • Preservation Thesis, 6 credits
  • Designated Elective, 3 or 6 credits

Elective Options

  • Architectural History & Theory
  • Sustainable Design
  • High Performance Building Envelope--Intro to Facades
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Development—Public-Private Partnerships, Affordable Housing