Architecture: Historic Preservation, MSD

The one-year Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP) complements Weitzman School’s long-standing two-year MSHP degree.The MSD-HP directly addresses the needs of practicing design professionals seeking post-professional training, specialization, or change in career path.The MSD-HP curriculum requires 12 CUs and spans one calendar year – two full-time semesters, plus one summer studio course. Half of the required courses are elective; personalized curricula can accommodate advanced thesis research or additional studios. Applicants must possess a professional degree in design or planning fields (architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban planning, urban design, engineering) from an accredited university, and at least three years of professional experience. 


A total of 12 course units are required.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
HSPV 5210 American Architecture (or History elective) 1
HSPV 6240 Digital Media for Historic Preservation I 0.5
HSPV 6400 Contemporary Design in Historic Settings 1
HSPV 6600 Theories of Historic Preservation 0.5
HSPV Elective 1 1
Open Elective 1 1
 Course Units5.00
HSPV 6270 Digital Media for Historic Preservation II 0.5
HSPV 6610 Theories of Historic Preservation II 0.5
HSPV 7030
Urban Regeneration in The Americas: The Conservation and Development of Urban Heritage Areas
or Advanced Preservation Studio
Select 2 HSPV Electives 2 2
Open Elective 2 1
 Course Units5.00
HSPV 7070 Historic Preservation Post-Professional Studio (mid-May to mid-June) 2
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units12.00

HSPV 7010 can substitute for two electives.


HSPV Thesis can substitute for 2 course units.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.