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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Historic Preservation, M.S.

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Building on its three-decades-old undergraduate program, Roger Williams University now offers a Master of Science in Historic Preservation. A two-year, 52-credit program is available to qualified students  holding a bachelor’s degree. A one-year (minimum), 32-credit program is available to students holding a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation. A least 30 graduate credits must be taken at Roger Williams University. The mission of the Historic Preservation Program is to provide an education that empowers individuals to work with and to help others while realizing their own personal and professional
potential. Classes, community-based work and field experience specific to preservation are coupled with a strong liberal-arts education. To mirror the environment we help preserve and to prepare students for diverse careers, the program couples a multi-disciplinary approach with a rigorous core of field-based professional preservation offerings. Students gain an understanding of the field in the greater
context of history, the built environment, cooperative community engagement, work with allied professions; documentation and research, and design, philosophy, standards and practice. The program includes preservation history and philosophy, planning, law and regulation, economics and heritage management. Studies are placed into practice through field-based workshops, assignments and an internship-all in partnership with area and national organizations and firms.

Applying to the Master of Science in Historic Preservation Program

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. To apply to the M.S. in Historic Preservation Program, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admission:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Letter of intent (two double-spaced pages, maximum) describing your interest in preservation, career goals and how you can positively contribute to the Master’s Program in Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University
  • Scholarly research paper, 10 pages minimum, with sources cited employing a conventional style
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school
  • Current résumé
  • If your first language is not English, an official report of TOFEL or IELTS results
  • Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Program Requirements

Historic Preservation Electives

In consultation with their advisor, students select three graduate-level electives from the following:

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