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 10 CUs and spans one calendar year – two full-time semesters. 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 10 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 6600 Theories of Historic Preservation 0.5
HSPV 6400 Contemporary Design in Historic Settings 1
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 7210 Capstone Studio 2
HSPV Elective 1 1
Open Elective 2 1
 Course Units5.00
 Total Course Units10.00

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 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.