Master of Science in Historic Preservation

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MSHP) is for students seeking training in spatial, technical, and design aspects of the broader field; it encompasses architecture, cultural landscapes, preservation, planning, building technology, project management, documentation, interpretation, and representation.

Program Information

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MSHP) is a 45 credit hour program, usually completed in 15 or 18 months (three regular semesters and possibly part or all of one summer). It is designed to accommodate the background and needs of both those students with substantial experience and those new to the field.

Historic preservationists come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are well-educated in the humanities and desire to increase their technical understanding. Those familiar with the social sciences might be seeking “real world” applications for their expertise. Many already with “first professional degrees” in design and planning disciplines, as well as law and business, seek to deepen their competence in the vibrant and interesting professional niche of historic preservation. Our program is compliant with National Council of Preservation Education Standards

Historic Preservation Contacts

Steve Turner

Steve Turner

Assistant Professor, Director of Historic Preservation & Classical Studies

Program Highlights

Field-Based Learning

CAP offers multiple opportunities for Maymester and summer travel study. Some of these are particularly useful for historic preservation students.

Independent Studies

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.

Research Assistantships

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 TypeSemester Hours Required
Core Courses in Preservation15 semester hours
Approved Core Design History Courses6 semester hours
Capstone Requirement9 semester hours
Electives15 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.

Travel Study Opportunities

Tuition & Fees

The University of Colorado Denver has one of the most affordable tuition rates in Colorado.  Our tuition and fees are set by the Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Colorado.  Tuition is based on student classification (undergraduate, graduate, academic program, resident or nonresident) and you can find out what rates will apply to your situation here.
All CAP Graduate Programs have WICHE-WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program) status, which grants in-state resident tuition to students from 15 western states including California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona.

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