Looking up at an interior wooden stair well.

The Warwick Tower by Clay Lancaster

Photo by Alan Rideout

The Power of Place
The Power of Place

Historic Preservation Curriculum

Master of Historic Preservation

The 48-credit hour master’s degree is designed to provide students with the analytical, theoretical and procedural skills to excel in a broad range of professional contexts. Core courses in the first year of the Master of Historic Preservation degree program emphasize American architectural history, the history and theory of historic preservation, documentation, policy and law, materials analysis and conservation, and preparing students for their master’s project. The second year allows students to execute their master’s project while applying their knowledge of historic preservation in both design and planning contexts. The curriculum also provides space for four electives to develop an area of specialization. Many students use their electives to pursue training from outside the College of Design, whether in GIS, public administration, finance, history or other fields.

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On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation allows graduate students from across campus and the professional world to “learn the language” of historic preservation without committing to the full master’s degree program. The Lexington-based graduate certificate may be earned concurrently with a master’s degree in any other field, such as architecture, interiors, history, anthropology, engineering or business. It may also be earned by professionals who already possess a bachelor’s degree in another field. The certificate consists of two core courses and two courses from the area of concentration. The core courses are HP 601: An Introduction to Historic Preservation and HP 602: Historic Preservation Law. Certificate students have a choice of three areas of concentration: Preservation and Design; Preservation and Adaptive Reuse; and Preservation and Planning. Previous design experience or education is not a requirement for acceptance into the certificate program.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Building on the success of our on-campus certificate, the Department of Historic Preservation began offering an Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation in the fall of 2016. This 12-credit online graduate certificate was created to provide practitioners in a broad range of fields with an understanding of historic preservation; this opportunity will enhance existing careers and open new doors for all those with an interest in the built environment. Similar to its on-campus equivalent, the online certificate consists of two core courses and two electives, allowing the certificate to be tailored to meet the needs of the student. The core courses are HP 601: An Introduction to Historic Preservation and HP 602: Historic Preservation Law. Online certificate students may choose from several new courses that have been developed for the online certificate, in addition to online versions of many traditional HP electives. The Online Graduate Certificate Program does not require GRE scores or official transcripts. All credits earned online are fully transferrable to the Lexington-based MHP or HP Certificate programs with the exception of HP 675.

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“Look around and you will notice a newfound spirit of revitalization and preservation, and many of those leading the charge are millennials. They are recognizing the importance of sense of place and community engagement. This is a time of growth for the Department of Historic Preservation as this next generation of students have ample opportunities to hone their preservation skills in the field.”

Master of Historic Preservation

  • Year One
  • HP 601 Introduction to Historic Preservation 3 hours
  • HP 612 Documentation I 3 hours
  • HP 610 American Architecture I 3 hours
  • HP 613 Historical Structural Systems and Building Materials 3 hours
  • HP 602 Historic Preservation Law 3 hours
  • HP 614 Documentation II 3 hours
  • HP 611 American Architecture II 3 hours
  • HP 798 Research Design 3 hours
  • Year Two
  • HP 616 Historic Preservation and Design 3 hours
  • HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning 3 hours
  • HP 799 Masters Project I 3 hours
  • HP 799 Masters Project II 3 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • Elective 3 hours

On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

  • Preservation and Design:
  • HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
  • HP 613: Historic Structural Systems and Building Materials
  • HP 616: Historic Preservation and Design
  • * Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval
  • Preservation and Adaptive Reuse:
  • HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
  • HP 772: Adaptive Reuse
  • * Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval
  • Preservation and Planning:
  • HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • HP 602: Historic Preservation Law
  • HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning
  • HP 615: American Settlement Patterns
  • * Other courses may be substituted with faculty approval

Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

  • Core:
  • HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation (Fall and Spring)
  • HP 602: Historic Preservation Law (Spring)
  • Electives (2):
  • HP 675: Architectural History for Preservation Practice (Fall)
  • HP 676: Field Methods in Historic Preservation (Summer)
  • HP 670: Preservation Ethics, Public Policy, and Heritage Resources (TBD)
  • HP 671: Review and Compliance for Architectural Historians (TBD)
  • HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning (Fall)
  • HP 772: Adaptive Reuse (TBD)