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 HSPV Summer Institute: First-year Historic Preservation Workshop 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
Professional Practice

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: The American Urban Cemetary
Topics in Historic Preservation

Preservation Planning

HSPV 572Preservation Through Public Policy
HSPV 625Preservation Economics
HSPV 671Historic Preservation Law

 Architectural Design

ARCH 551
ARCH 555
ARCH 737Semi-Fictious Realms
ARCH 738The Modern House: Technology Then and Now
ARCH 739New Approaches to an Architecture of Health
ARCH 740Formal Efficiencies

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.