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The Master of Design in Historic Preservation Degree program offers the opportunity for advanced study in historic preservation theory, practice, and public policy at a major public research university. Designed to equip students with necessary skills to thrive in the field of historic preservation, students learn about and expand their skills in architectural design, theory, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, as well as increase their understanding of historic site management, while working closely with leading preservationists in the state and region.

The Historic Preservation program is geared toward both students with only limited background in preservation as well as working professionals and others who wish to pursue an advanced degree or individual courses.  A number of courses are offered on Friday afternoons and on Saturdays, and we have developed a one-year program for individuals with extensive background in historic preservation. 

The Master of Design in Historic Preservation program has rolling admissions throughout the year.  Applicants can apply at any time for admission to the program and may begin taking courses in either the Fall or Spring semester.  Evidence of design background, historic preservation policy knowledge, and/or expertise in the building trades is required for admission. 

Students or professionals interested in taking individual classes are not required to apply for admission but must secure permission of the director.  They may register using the UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) website.

Credits may be transferable to alternate advanced degree programs.