Welcome Historic Preservation Students

Welcome and congratulations! We are very pleased that you are considering joining us.

Ours is unique among preservation programs for its holistic grasp of the field. The marriage of critical and practical proficiency is our goal – and the hallmark of the 700+ Penn graduates working in the preservation field all over the world. Penn's program also has a long history, so our faculty have expertise in the whole range of areas needed to succeed in practice: preservation planning, site management, public history, design, and architectural conservation.

Due to guidelines for large public gatherings issued by Penn in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Weitzman School’s Spring 2022 Open House will take place virtually on April 4. However, we are happy to announce that will be inviting admitted and wait-listed candidates to visit campus for small in-person tours on March 16, 17 and April 7. You will be notified via email for specific programming and registration for both events. Please be sure to check all your email folders (Clutter, Spam, Promotions, etc.) for announcements from Weitzman.

Feel free to visit the information posted on our website, including the most recent issue of Prospectus, the latest issue of the Penn journal Change Over Time, faculty and student work, upcoming events, course listings, student theses, and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Penn and the long tradition of excellence in historic preservation in the School of Design.

Updated 3.11.2022

Important Dates

Mon, April 4  Virtual Weitzman School Open House
March 16/17 and April 7  In-Person Campus visits (Register Here)
Mon, August 15 First day of Historic Preservation Summer Institute (HSPV 790-901)
Fri, August 26 Weitzman School New Student Orientation
Tues, August 30 First day of fall 2022 classes

Summer Institute Begins August 15, 2022

The pre-semester Historic Preservation Institute will be held from Monday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 24, 2022 for all incoming MSHP students. The course fee is $500. The summer institute serves several purposes: it begins your orientation to Philadelphia and its history and architecture and introduces some of the important skills, questions, and issues that will be at the center of your first year's work.  It will also allow the first-year cohort to get to know one another and provide a chance to begin working with the Program's faculty. A full program and schedule will be sent under separate cover. Micah Dornfeld (micahdor@design.upenn.edu) will issue permits and enroll the incoming class in this non-credit workshop.

Billing Information

Penn is transitioning to a new student records system, which effects billing. Information will be updated in April and detailed instructions will be shared with students via email.  

Get to Know Us Better

Current graduate students Dan Mangano (MSHP'23) Allison Nkwocha (MLA/MSHP ‘23) are happy to answer questions you may have about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Click on their names to check out their student profiles, or take a look at our Program blog

Learn more about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation faculty on our People page.

Fall Registration

Penn is transitioning to a new student records system, which effects course registration. Information will be updated in April and detailed instructions on how to register for courses will be shared with students via email before the start of the fall semester at which point you can register for the following required fall 2022 courses (5 CU) for incoming MSHP students:

HSPV 521 American Architecture (1 cu)
HSPV 600 Documentation, Research, Recording 1 (2 cus)
HSPV 624 Digital Media for Historic Preservation 1 (0.5 cu)
HSPV 660 Theories of Historic Preservation 1 (0.5 cu)
HSPV Elective (1 cu)

Full MSHP & MSD Degree Requirements. 

Computer Guidelines

Incoming Historic Preservation students are required to buy or bring a computer for your time as a student at Weitzman School. Please see the Computer Purchasing Guidelines provided by Weitzman School IT. Specific guidelines for 2021 will be posted in early summer.

International Students

International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to check in with International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The check-in process includes an online tutorial, online arrival form, and an in-person document check upon your arrival into the US. Please plan to arrive in Philadelphia at least one business day before the start of Summer Institute to complete the in-person check-in. You are encouraged to make an appointment in advance.

Please visit the ISSS webpage for detailed information on Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements.