Field School–Gardenside Neighborhood
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Historic Preservation

Historic preservation helps communities negotiate change. The historic preservation program at the University of Kentucky trains students to become skilled practitioners through a combination of classroom instruction and applied projects in urban and rural contexts. A rigorous curriculum, outstanding faculty, and an emphasis on community engagement make the program a recognized leader in the field.

The College of Design has three historic preservation offerings: the Master of Historic Preservation degree and the on-campus and online graduate certificates in historic preservation.

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Historic Preservation Degrees

Students can choose from one of three Historic Preservation pathways.  The Master of Historic Preservation is a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for a career in HP.  The on-campus and on-line certificate curriculum provides fundamental knowledge and is offered to College of Design students as well as students and professionals from other disciplines. 

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"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."


The program is certified by the National Council for Preservation (NCPE).

The MHP and online and on-campus graduate certificates are certified by the National Council for Preservation Education

Apply to the School of Historic Preservation

We get it. Applying to college may be one of the biggest decisions you’ve had to make so far in life. Luckily, we’ve streamlined this process for you. Please choose which Historic Preservation offering you want to apply to and follow the link.

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