Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Historic Preservation (HPRS)

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Advisor: Ted J. Ligibel, Ph.D.
235 Strong Hall

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The M.S. in Historic Preservation requires a minimum of 36 hours. The master’s curriculum emphasizes preparation for careers in historic preservation in a planning, administrative, historic museum, consulting or heritage tourism capacity. This general studies program provides practical experience through workstudy, internship, cooperative education and field study opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Applicants must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;

  2. Meet Graduate School admission requirements; and

  3. Have attained at least a 2.75 grade point average in the major field during the last two undergraduate years.

In addition to completing the Graduate School application form, the applicant must obtain program application forms from the historic preservation coordinator and follow all application procedures.

Conditional Admission
Otherwise promising students who do not meet Graduate School or departmental undergraduate GPA requirements may be granted conditional admission. Students who fulfill the probationary requirements may be granted regular admission.

Degree Requirements

  1. Selection, in consultation with the program advisor, of a course of study in historic preservation.

  2. Completion of 36 hours of approved graduate-level course work beyond the bachelor’s degree as described below under course requirements.

  3. Completion of prerequisite courses. The number of hours and the specific courses will be stipulated by the program advisor according to the student’s prior course work.


Students must complete course work in each of the following foundation areas or have acceptable undergraduate equivalent, in which case the course may be waived.

Course Requirements:

The M.S. in Historic Preservation requires 36 credit hours of course work to be distributed among core and concentration (required and restricted elective) courses as follows:

Required Courses: 13-14 hours

Courses are chosen that create a focused historic preservation approach in an area of concentration of the student’s choosing, selected with advisor approval. Courses may be chosen from relevant historic preservation, geography or geographic information systems and planning program offerings.

Restricted Elective Courses: 8-10 hours

Courses may include any other relevant historic preservation-related electives including appropriate cognate courses.

Conservation and Technology Concentration

Heritage Interpretation, Tourism and Administration Concentration

Preservation Planning Concentration

Program Total: 36 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Geography and Geology

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

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