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 bachelors 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.
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:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Students complete the following required courses:
|HP||501||Fundamentals of Historic Preservation|
|HP||542||Professional Practice in Historic Preservation|
|HP||526||Preservation Law and Regulation|
|HP||551||History and Philosophy of Historic Preservation|
|HP||631||Graduate Thesis Seminar in Historic Preservation|
|HP||681L||Historic Rehabilitation Workshop|
|HP||682L||Preservation Planning Workshop|
|HP||651||Preservation Graduate Thesis|
Historic Preservation Electives
In consultation with their advisor, students select three graduate-level electives from the following:
|ARCH||530||Special Topics in Architecture (selected topics)|
|ARCH||572||Urban Design Theory from the Industrial Revolution to the Present|
|ARCH||573||Modernism in the Non-Western World: A Comparative Perspective|
|ARCH||576||Regionalism in Architecture|
|ARCH||576||Theoretical Origins in Modernism|
|ARCH||577||The American Skyscraper|
|ARCH||581||Construction Contract Documents|
|AAH||530||Special Topics in Art + Architectural History (selected topics)|
|HP||530||Special Topics in Preservation|
|LEAD||501||Leaders and the Leadership Process|
|LEAD||502||Communication Skills for Leadership Roles|
|LEAD||503||Data Management and Analysis for Organization Leaders|
|LEAD||505||Budgeting and Finance in Complex Organizations|
|LEAD||506||Human Resource Management for Organizational Leaders|
|LEAD||507||Strategic Leadership in a Globalized World|
|LEAD||510||Stakeholders Relations in Complex Organizations|
|PA||501||Foundations of Public Administration: Legal and Institutional|
|PA||502||Foundations of Public Administration: Theoretical|
|PA||503||Quantitative Methods in Public Administration|
|PA||504||Public Policy and Program Evaluation|
|PA||505||Public Budgeting and Finance|
|PA||506||Public Personnel Management|
|PA||514||Urban Administration and Management|
|PA||516||Grant Writing and Management|
The minimum passing grade in graduate-level courses is a B- (2.67). The minimum GPA for M.S. in Historic Preservation graduates is a 3.0.
Registration in Courses
Students pursuing the Master of Science in Historic Preservation who are enrolled in graduate courses may also be enrolled in undergraduate courses during the same semester. In their first year and in consultation with the program director, students in the two-year program may select ‘bridge’ courses from undergraduate and/or graduate offerings. With permission of the Dean, undergraduate students in the B.S./M.S. in Historic Preservation program may take graduate courses that are part of the program.
Offered with School of Law. Full-time enrollment required.
The Joint Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Master of Science (M.S.) in Historic Preservation program is designed to provide an accelerated path to a J.D. degree and an M.S. in Historic Preservation degree through an electives credit-swapping structure that allows for 3 law courses (9 credits) to count toward the M.S. degree and 4 to 5 M.S. in HP courses (12 to 17 credits) to count toward the J.D. degree, depending on whether or not a student has a prior B.S. in Historic Preservation. Other than changes in allowable electives, which are detailed below, the existing requirements for the J.D. and M.S. programs described in the University Catalog and School of Law Catalog remain the same. Students who enter the joint-degree program with a B.S. in Historic Preservation can potentially complete the joint degree in three years (with winter/summer coursework) and in four years otherwise.
Note: Applicants applying for the Joint J.D./M.S.H.P. degree must apply to an earn acceptance into the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation and the School of Law separately. Applicants who intend to pursue the Joint degree must so indicate on the application for admission. Submit applications sufficiently in advance of the application deadline to assure adequate processing time at both schools. Applications to each school normally need to be filed simultaneously, even though students will normally only be taking courses in the School of Law for the first year. (This sequence is required due to School of Law prerequisites for electives.) Students who are currently matriculated into the B.S. in Historic Preservation program in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation must notify the Dean and Program Director by the end the junior year to indicate their intent to enroll in the Joint J.D./M.S.H.P. program, contingent on maintaining a 2.67 average or greater.
Three-year Joint J.D./M.S. in Historic Preservation
The joint degree can be completed in three years for students matriculated into the J.D. and M.S.H.P. programs who also have a B.S. in Historic Preservation from an accredited National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) member institution, with the assumption that coursework would need to be taken in the summers and/or winters as well as the normal fall and spring semesters. The School of Law accepts 12-14 M.S.H.P. program credits towards J.D. program requirements and the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation accepts 9 J.D. program credits towards the M.S.H.P. program for a total of 101-103 combined credits instead of 122 if the degrees were pursued separately.
Four-year Joint J.D./M.S. in Historic Preservation
If a student is not entering the program with a B.S. in Historic Preservation, it is still possible to complete the joint degree in an accelerated timeframe of four years, with the assumption that coursework would need to be taken in the summers and/ or winters as well as the normal fall and spring semesters. The School of Law accepts 15-17 M.S.H.P. program credits towards the J.D. program and the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation accepts 9 J.D. program credits towards the M.S.H.P. program for a total of 118-120 combined credits instead of 142 if the degrees were pursued separately.
Applying to the Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Historic Preservation Program
Each program requires a separate application. Refer to the application requirements for each individual program in the University Catalog and the School of Law Catalog. When applying for the J.D. and M.S.H.P. programs concurrently the application fee for the M.S. program will be waived (only the application fee for the J.D. program is required).
Students who are currently matriculated in the J.D. program or the 2-year M.S.H.P. program and are in their first year of coursework are eligible to apply to the program in which they are not matriculated for consideration for the Joint J.D./M.S.H.P. program. Students who are currently matriculated in the 1-year M.S.H.P. program cannot apply to the Joint J.D./ M.S.H.P. program.
Allowed electives for credit swap between the Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Historic Preservation programs
The following courses will count toward both the J.D. and M.S. H.P. program elective requirements.
School of Law courses that satisfy M.S.H.P. degree elective requirements (choose 9 credits):
School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation courses that satisfy a portion of the J.D. degree elective requirement (12-17 credits will be applied to J.D. elective requirements depending on whether or not the student is matriculated into the 1-year or 2-year M.S.H.P. program)
Required coursework sequence for various degree entry points
Shared requirement for M.S. program thesis and J.D. writing project
The thesis required for the M.S. program satisfies the J.D. program’s writing requirement. The student is required to have at least one thesis reader from the School of Law faculty.
Shared internship/public service requirement
Students who complete the 140-hour internship required of the M.S.H.P. program that focuses on historic preservation and law and incorporates at least 50 hours of non-remunerated activities satisfies the internship requirement of the M.S. program and the public service requirement of the J.D. program. (Reimbursement of expenses is allowed.)