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    Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program


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    Historic Preservation

    Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program

    Investigate. Protect. Inspire.

    Apply now

    Ready to take the next step? Apply online and receive a decision within two weeks.


    The Historic Preservation Program prepares tomorrow’s leaders to make sustainable and unique contributions to their world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons. Students investigate the past and help community members manage their heritage resources responsibly, making decisions and inspiring others to esteem the created and natural environments that best represent our most valuable lessons to be preserved or adapted for future generations. Students in Ursuline's undergraduate Historic Preservation program get a jump on completing this master's degree through our bridge program.

    Unique in Ohio

    The Historic Preservation Program is one of only 39 master’s degree programs in Historic Preservation in the U.S. recognized by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) for fully providing the highest standard of education within this highly multi-disciplinary field of study. It is the only NCPE master’s degree program in Ohio.

    Surrounded by History

    The Northeast Ohio region features hundreds of years of architectural traditions and styles that we use liberally for field study, and they’re all within an hour of campus.

    Tuition for 2020-2021

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, tuition will cost $1,214 per credit hour.

    Careers: Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program

    Historic Preservation is one of the fastest growing fields within public/applied history today. Historic preservationists build a legacy for themselves and their community through a wide variety of career opportunities at:

    • Architecture firms
    • Building and house museums
    • Conservation organizations
    • Construction companies
    • Consulting agencies
    • Design firms
    • Development and revitalization companies and organizations
    • Engineering firms
    • Environmental firms and organizations
    • Heritage corridors
    • Historical societies
    • Historic sites (federal, tribal, state, regional, local)
    • Landmark Commissions
    • Main Street organizations
    • Museums
    • National Park Service (single largest employer of preservationists in the U.S.)
    • Parks (federal, tribal, state, regional, local)
    • Planning departments (federal, state, county, municipal)
    • Preservation organizations
    • Restoration companies
    • State and local preservation departments
    • Transportation departments (federal and state)

    Admission Requirements: Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program

    Degree Program Prerequisites

    At least one course or experience in Architectural History.
    At least one course or experience in Drafting/AutoCad.

    Students admitted without these two prerequisites are required to complete these independently of their degree program within their first year after entrance. These courses are offered at Ursuline but may also be taken at other accredited institutions.

    Admission Requirements

    Students applying for admission must meet the general requirements for graduate admission and the following program requirements:

    • Writing sample that is the sole work of the applicant. This may be an independent research paper from previous college experience, summary of a design or research project, or other evidence of professional-level writing ability.
    • An interview with the Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

    While application materials are accepted continuously, admission packets should be completed and submitted for consideration at least 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the initial semester anticipated for attendance.

    Scholarships: Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program

    Housing Scholarship
    If you live more than 50 miles from Ursuline College, are admitted to the Historic Preservation program, and have completed the FAFSA, you are eligible to apply for a housing scholarship. The application is available here and must be submitted by July 15.

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