Masters and Certificate Program in Historic Preservation



Effective December 2014, admissions to the MA in Historic Preservation (MAHP) are on hold while the curriculum is evaluated and revised. Applications will not be accepted for Fall 2015 admission. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Rebecca Sheppard, Director of the MAHP, for further details and updates on when admissions will resume. The hold on admissions does not affect the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation—prospective applicants should contact Dr. Sheppard with any questions regarding the Certificate program.

Program Description

MA in Historic Preservation - Mickey's DinerThe Master of Arts in Historic Preservation prepares professionals for the successful practice of historic preservation in public, private and non-profit venues. 

Students learn the theory and practice of historic preservation and develop skills in analysis and documentation of historic resources, practice of preservation planning, contextual research design, and advocacy.

The program is designed to meet the needs of both traditional graduate students and working professionals, providing graduates with the skills and knowledge to work with a wide variety of populations and in diverse settings. 

The program offers the opportunity to pursue specific areas of emphasis within historic preservation, including (but not limited to): planning, museum studies, material culture, documentation and analysis, non-profit leadership, vernacular architecture and landscapes, and geographic information systems.

Download the MAHP program brochure.

Master of the Arts degree program brochure Historic Preservation

Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

Drawing on courses from the MAHP as indicated on the program of study, a twelve-credit hour Certificate Program in Historic Preservation is also offered. 

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Center for Historic Architecture and Design

The Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) is a research and public service unit in the School of Public Policy and Administration.  Students gain knowledge and employable skills both through academic coursework and through applied experience in research and preservation obtained by working with the Center. CHAD has a strong record of external funding to support its research and public service goals, including student support.

Program Director Contact Information

Rebecca Sheppard, Assistant Professor
331A Allison Hall