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MS Historic Preservation

University of Colorado Denver

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MS HP) in the Dana Crawford Preservation Program is a 45 semester- hour program, usually completed in 15 or 18 months (three regular semesters and possibly part or all of one summer). The curriculum equips you to participate in the preservation of historic buildings and sites. It also 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 be tied in with affordable housing. As our global climate changes, environmental sustainability and historic preservation are even more closely linked.

Graduates will be prepared to become the new leaders of the cultural heritage movement. The course of study is very broad to provide students skill in the political, economic, and legal aspects of historic preservation.

Throughout your time in the program, you will have the opportunity to carve a unique path and personalize your degree through independent study


Application to the Master of Science in Historic Preservation program is open to all students holding the bachelor's (undergraduate) degree from an accredited college (or its equivalent from a foreign institution).

Materials Required

  • A brief statement of interest (500 word max.)
  • A compact sample of work (max. 15 pages 8.5" X 11") of writing samples, and optionally, graphic work and professional resume is recommended.
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores is optional. [There is an expedited application procedure for current CU Denver students in another CAP master's program. Please inquire to the MS in Historic Preservation program director.]

Transfer Credit

In accordance with the graduate education policies, coursework that has been applied towards an undergraduate degree or another graduate degree on the same level (e.g., MA to MS) cannot be accepted for transfer credit. Specifically, master’s courses applied to one completed master’s degree program may not be applied to another master’s degree. Credits earned in a Graduate Certificate Program, that have not also been applied to a graduate degree program may be applied to a graduate degree program with program consent. Please see the Graduate Education Policies and Procedures for more information.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
2 years


Jun 2024

Start Month

May 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • August 2024
  • June 2024
  • August 2025
  • January 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time