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Historic Preservation Degrees

Master of Historic Preservation (MHP)

From archaeological sites and historic buildings to urban neighborhoods and rural landscapes, graduates of the Master of Historic Preservation program are actively engaged in the identification, protection and sustained use of a broad range of historic and cultural resources. Our graduates work in private practice, at every level of government, and in the non-profit world.

In the first year of the Master’s program, students learn about the history and theory of preservation; become familiar with the political and legal structures that guide preservation practice; and develop skills as researchers, building investigators, architectural historians, and writers. In the second year, core coursework emphasizes the application of preservation skills in planning and design, while also allowing students the flexibility to pursue a range of electives.  The second year is also when students prepare their Master’s projects.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling in the MHP program. The Department of Historic Preservation supports students with teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships based on merit and need.  Students are also encouraged to identify funding opportunities through the Graduate School’s extensive listing of internal and external fellowships and scholarships. Information about program costs may be obtained from the University Registrar.

Application Guidelines

MHP Courses

Semester 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

Semester Two
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

Semester Three
HP 616 Historic Preservation and Design 3 hours
HP 799 Masters Project I 3 hours
Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours

Semester Four
HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning 3 hours
HP 799 Masters Project II 3 hours
Elective 3 hours
Elective 3 hours

Course Descriptions

On-Campus Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The Department of Historic Preservation’s on-campus Graduate Certificate allows students to gain basic familiarity with historic preservation while completing studies in their primary field.  Since 2014, students in Architecture and Interiors, Anthropology, History, Geography, and other fields have taken advantage of the Graduate Certificate to gain specialized skills that help them stand out in the job market. The on-campus certificate requires 12 credit hours. Two core courses — Introduction to Historic Preservation and Historic Preservation Law — are required, and are supplemented by the student’s choice of any two approved electives. Students may structure their certificate to explore areas of particular interest, such as adaptive reuse, planning, or American architectural history.  Although encouraged to take classes on campus, students may also take online courses when live courses conflict with their primary coursework or if a desired Preservation class is only being offered online.

Students must apply to the historic preservation certificate program prior to completing all four courses in order to be considered for the certificate. Please contact the Historic Preservation faculty for more information.

Application Guidelines

On-Campus Certificate Courses

Core Courses
HP601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP602: Historic Preservation Law

Approved Electives (Choose Two):
HP 501: Cultural Landscapes and Historic Preservation
HP 609: Urban Revitalization in the United States
HP 610: American Architecture I
HP 611: American Architecture II
HP 612: Documentation of Historic Buildings and Sites
HP 613: Historic Structural Systems and Building Materials
HP 614: Documentation of Historic Buildings and Sites II
HP 615: American Settlement Patterns
HP 616: Historic Preservation and Design
HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning
HP 670: Rethinking Preservation: Ethics, Public Policy, and Heritage Resources
HP 671: Cultural Resource Management
HP 675: Architectural History for Preservation Practice
HP 676: Field Methods in Historic Preservation

Course Descriptions

Online Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

The Department of Historic Preservation’s 12-credit Graduate Certificate is also available in a purely online format. The online certificate provides working professionals and adult learners an opportunity to enhance existing careers and open new doors by gaining an an understanding of historic preservation. From archaeologists to engineers, agency employees to private practitioners, online certificate students come from a range of backgrounds and bring a great deal of practical and professional experience to the program.

The online program was designed with flexibility in mind, allowing students to complete their work at the time of day and week that best suits their schedule.  The course content is delivered using the Canvas Learning Management System, and all courses are taught by faculty in the Department of Historic Preservation. Courses typically include short videos or lectures, readings, podcasts, and assignments. Additionally, course discussions create a community of learning where students interact with and learn from their professors and peers.

A Bachelor’s degree is required prior to admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Admission to the online Graduate Certificate does not require GRE scores. Online certificate students pay the same tuition rate as in-state, part-time graduate students regardless of residence.  Additional information about tuition may be found on the University Registrar’s page. Please contact the Historic Preservation faculty for more information.

Application Guidelines

Online Certificate Courses

Core Courses:
HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation
HP 602: Historic Preservation Law

Approved Electives (Choose Two):
HP 613: Historic Structural Systems and Building Materials
HP 615: American Settlement Patterns
HP 675: Architectural History for Preservation Practice
HP 676: Field Methods in Historic Preservation
HP 670: Preservation Ethics, Public Policy, and Heritage Resources
HP 671: Review and Compliance for Architectural Historians
HP 617: Historic Preservation Planning
HP 772: Adaptive Reuse

Course Descriptions