May 25, 2018  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Master of Science in Historic Preservation (HPRS)

The M.S. in Historic Preservation is an applied degree that requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate course work. Its mission is to focus upon career development in the several concentration areas with the aim of preparing students for gainful employment in the field of historic preservation in the public and private sector. There are three basic concentrations available in the Historic Preservation Program. Courses are distributed among prerequisites, core, concentration, and elective courses.

Program Website

Program Admission

Applicants must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. Meet Graduate School admission requirements;
  3. Have attained at least a 2.75-grade point average in the major field during the last two undergraduate years;
  4. Personal Statement; and
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

Department Information

Geography & Geology, College of Arts & Sciences

Richard Sambrook, Ph.D. | Department Head | 311A King Hall | 734.487.0218 |

Advisor Information

Ted J. Ligibel, Ph.D. | Professor | 311B King Hall | 734.487.0232 |

Nancy Bryk | 404A King Hall | 734.487.7575 |

Dan Bonenberger | 406A King Hall | 734.487.8750 |

Matthew Cook | 406 King Hall | 734.487.8485 |

Required Prerequisites: Up to 17 hours

Students must complete coursework in each of the following foundation areas or have an acceptable undergraduate equivalent:


Degree Requirements: 36 hours

  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 coursework 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 coursework.

Courses are distributed among prerequisites, core, required, and restricted elective courses as follows:

Concentrations: 19-22 hours

Preservation Planning and Administration Concentration:

Specific Prerequisites:

Choose one course from the following:

Recordation, Documentation and Digital Heritage Concentration:

Interpretation, Cultural Tourism, and Museum Practice Concentration: