The Preservation Studies Program recognizes that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary for effective and judicious management of cultural resources. The program strives for a balance between academic training and field experience. Specifically designed preservation courses in historic building conservation, preservation management, adaptive use of older buildings, and neighborhood conservation are combined with in-depth training in such fields as architectural history, archaeology, material culture, decorative arts, urban history and geography, urban affairs, and law.
Specific requirements of the master's degree program include:
- Two School of Law courses: either Land Use (JD 855) or Real Estate Finance and Tax Seminar (JD 914); and Seminar in Historic Preservation (JD 891-offered every other year).
- Three core courses: AM 546 Historic Preservation (GRS course), AM 759 Financing Historic Preservation (GRS course), and AM 754 Planning and Preservation.
- One course in architectural history.
- A final preservation project, which may be a Master's thesis, a Master's project, or a group project in AM 755 Preservation Planning Colloquium AND three Preservation electives.
- A three-month paid Preservation Studies Summer Internship after second year of law school (may be waived by the Preservation Studies program director if the student has extensive preservation experience).
For more information, contact Claire Dempsey, Director, Preservation Studies Program, 226 Bay State Road, Boston, MA, 617/353-9910.