The CU Denver Dana Crawford Preservation Program offers a Master of Science in Historic Preservation that prepares students for a true, 21st Century career in preservation. The curriculum equips you to participate in the preservation of historic buildings
and sites and presents opportunities for you to study large-scale landscape conservation, the preservation of cultural heritage and underrepresented communities, the impact of gentrification in cities, and how preservation can create solutions to
improve and expand affordable housing.
The program is compliant with the National Council of Preservation Education Standards, requiring:
CAP offers multiple opportunities for Maymester and summer travel study. Some of these are particularly useful for historic preservation students.
Faculty members are open to proposals from students for a topic of study not regularly offered in the curriculum. Typically, the student will suggest a topic and together with the faculty tutor develop a work plan and evaluation strategy.
Opportunities exist for students to engage in paid research assistantships with the college’s Center of Preservation Research (CoPR).
The course of study for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation is designed to accommodate the background and needs of both those students with substantial experience and those new to the field.
The curriculum is flexible but rigorous, requiring a total of 45 semester hours to complete:
|Course Type||Semester Hours Required|
|Core Courses in Preservation||15 semester hours|
|Approved Core Design History Courses||6 semester hours|
|Capstone Requirement||9 semester hours|
|Electives||15 semester hours|
Students receiving significant transfer credit and those with a related degree may further reduce the time required for the MS in Historic Preservation degree and should work with an academic advisor to confirm.
Our program is compliant with National Council of Preservation Education Standards.
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