Historic Preservation, MSHP

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree requires two academic years of full-time study, including core subjects and specialized study in one of four focus areas: architectural conservation, preservation design, preservation planning, and public history of the built environment.


A total of 19 course units are required.

All courses must be pre-approved by the student's advisor prior to registration each semester. In addition, students are expected to complete a
summer institute (HSPV 790) before their first year, and a summer internship between their first and second years of study.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCourse Units
HSPV 790 Historic Preservation Summer Institute 0
 Course Units0.00
HSPV 521 American Architecture 1
HSPV 600 Documentation, Research, Recording I 1
HSPV 624 Digital Media for Historic Preservation I 0.5
HSPV 660 Theories of Historic Preservation 0.5
Select 2 HSPV Electives 1 2
 Course Units5.00
HSPV 601 Documentation, Research, Recording II 1
HSPV 627 Digital Media for Historic Preservation II .5
HSPV 661 Theories of Historic Preservation II 0.5
Select 2 HSPV Electives 1 2
Select 1 General Elective 1 1
 Course Units5.00
Second Year
Optional HSPV Summer Elective 1 0-1
Preservation Planning Praxis  
 Course Units0.00
HSPV 701 Historic Preservation Studio 2
HSPV 710 Thesis I 1
Select 2 General Electives 1 2
 Course Units5.00
HSPV 711 Thesis II 1
Select 2 HSPV electives 1 2
Select 1 General Elective 1 1
 Course Units4.00
 Total Course Units19.00

Preservation Design

Building Pathology
Contemporary Design in Historic Settings
Urban Regeneration in the Americas: The Conservation and Dev. of Urban Areas

Public History of the Built Environment 

Historic Site Management
Public History - Theory and Practice
Introduction to City Planning: Past, Present and Future
American Domestic Interiors
Cultural Landscapes and Landscape Preservation
American Vernacular Architecture
Seminar in American Architecture
Topics in Historic Preservation

Preservation Planning

HSPV 572Preservation Through Public Policy
HSPV 625Preservation Economics1.0
HSPV 671Historic Preservation Law1.0
CPLN Elective Course

 Architectural Conservation

HSPV 555Conservation Science1.0
HSPV 551Building Pathology1.0
HSPV 740Conservation Seminar: Finishes1.0
HSPV 739Conservation Seminar: Masonry1.0
HSPV 738Conservation Seminar: Wood1.0

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.