The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design offers two graduate degrees: a two-year Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MSHP) and a one-year + summer Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP). A Certificate in Historic Preservation is also available to students enrolled in other graduate degree programs in the Weitzman School (including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning). The Weitzman School does not offer a specific Ph.D. program in historic preservation, but preservation faculty often work with students enrolled in the school's Ph.D. programs in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. If you would like to apply to Penn, visit the Weitzman School Admissions section for application instructions.
Master of Science in Historic Preservation
The Master of Science in Historic Preservation combines rigorous intellectual training with practical foundational skills needed for professional practice. The degree is earned in four consecutive semesters (two years), with students taking four to five courses per semester (for a total of 19 Course Units). First-year core courses prepare students for second-year integrative courses-the Preservation Studio and individual Thesis. Each student chooses electives clustered around an Area of Emphasis; ten of the 19 required Course Units are devoted to electives. A professional internship is required in the summer between the two years of study. The MSHP degree may be pursued in conjunction with other Weitzman School departments and Penn schools as part of established dual-degree programs.
View the MSHP Summary of Curriculum Requirements here.
Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation
The one-year Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation (MSD-HP) complements Weitzman School’s long-standing two-year MSHP degree.The MSD-HP directly addresses the needs of practicing design professionals seeking post-professional training, specialization, or change in career path.The MSD-HP curriculum requires 12 CUs and spans one calendar year – two full-time semesters, plus one summer studio course. Half of the required courses are elective; personalized curricula can accommodate advanced thesis research or additional studios. Applicants must possess a professional degree in design or planning fields (architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, urban planning, urban design, engineering) from an accredited university, and at least three years of professional experience.
View the MSD-HP Summary of Curriculum Requirements here.
Certificate in Historic Preservation
The Certificate in Historic Preservation provides an opportunity for students enrolled in other graduate degree programs in the University of Pennsylvania to gain expertise in historic preservation while completing requirements for their professional degree programs. A total of 5 HSPV course units, including HSPV 660/661 Theories of Historic Preservation I and II (0.50 cu each), are required for the certificate, and are selected in consultation with the HSPV faculty to develop an area of professional focus.