Collge of Design, Construction & Planning
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Master of Historic Preservation


The University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning offers a Master of Historic Preservation degree using an interdisciplinary variety of coursework in the basic and applied skills and arts of historic preservation, anthropology, archeology, architecture, building construction, cultural tourism, history, interior design, landscape architecture, museum studies, and urban and regional planning. The coursework totals 42 hours. Students must take 12 hours of core courses, 6 hours of pre-approved history electives, and may choose from pre-approved and specially approved electives from across the campus. A true thesis to meet Graduate Requirements relating to historic preservation is required.

Historic preservation problems are fundamentally human as well as physical problems and should be understood in terms of human motivations and actions in as well as technical, legal and historical solutions. Their solution requires holistic thinking about dynamic cultural awareness and conservation and the social, economic, and political forces driving human action. To this end, the goal of the graduate program is to provide advanced training in thinking and the main theories and methodologies of the historic preservation and cultural conservation movements in the US and internationally to foster integrative approaches to complex real-world problems.

Program of Study

The Master of Historic Preservation degree program promotes interdisciplinary thinking in historic preservation by combining (1) required coursework in history and theory, research, documentation and recording historic sites, conservation of building materials and systems, and practica or other practical experience with (2) two courses in the history of the designed environment (including, for example architecture, urban development, landscape architecture, archeology, or material culture.) with (3) electives from a list of courses identified by the faculty, in the subject areas of resource-related studies including design issues, neighborhood issues (zoning, strategic planning, housing and social aspects of real estate development) historic and cultural landscape issues, historic interior issues, economic issues (marketing principles, private and public finance, property management and budget preparation), legal issues (Constitutional law, preservation case law, federal, state and local regulatory legislation and administration) sustainability issues traditional building crafts and curatorial issues (site development interpretation, management and cultural tourism). A true thesis that meets Graduate Requirements on an approved historic preservation topic is also required.

About the Degree Program

This degree program is designed for students desiring an interdisciplinary academic program related to historic preservation. It does not replace the University’s existing graduate programs in design disciplines,building construction, life sciences, and social sciences. Students seeking a more specialized discipline should major in the appropriate department. The departments of anthropology, architecture, building construction, cultural tourism, history, interior design, landscape architecture, museum studies, and urban and regional are partners in the Interdisciplinary Concentration and Certificate (ICCHP) and students in those departments should pursue the certificate if they desire to add historic preservation to their training. A Master of Science in Architectural Studies allows students to take historic preservation through the School of Architecture.

The cross-departmental composition of the MHP Supervisory Committee and of the curriculum empowers the student to take an unusually broad, challenging program of study.

If you need financial help to support your program of study, financial support in the form of fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, and tuition payments is available from the university, the school, and faculty grants on a competitive basis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program pursue numerous current opportunities for employment within the continually growing field of cultural heritage preservation including research, identification, and/or evaluation of historic sites and the planning, design, conservation, and long-term management of landmarked properties. Students who have graduated are in a position to develop careers in local, state and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector both in the US and abroad.

Research Opportunities

The Center for World Heritage Research and Stewardship was launched in 2007 to create programs, professional projects and public education initiatives in heritage conservation; support conservation objectives through management of resources including historic structures, landscapes, archives, collections, ethnic/ cultural traditions and practices, historical sites, and natural resources; and support public and private groups that work in the heritage tourism and conservation field.

The Center for Building Better Communities conducts research and sponsors educational activities that promote balanced growth and development of communities.


For information on Master’s and Ph.D. study in Historic Preservation, contact:
Marty Hylton
Graduate Coordinator
352-392-6098 ext. 326

For information on application/admissions to MHP program, contact:
Pat De Jong
Ph.D. Advisor
352-392-4836 ext. 312

For information on application/admissions to Ph.D. program, contact:
Pat De Jong
Ph.D. Advisor
352-392-4836 ext. 312

For information on ICCHP, contact:
Marty Hylton
Graduate Coordinator
352-392-0252 ext. 457
(Note: ICCHP is only open to currently enrolled students)

Application Process

The College of DCP’s Master of Historic Preservation Supervisory Committee serves as the graduate admissions committee and considers applications for admission for either Fall or Spring semestes. It bases its decision on the overall strength of your application package. The application deadline is February 1 of each year for fall and October 1 of each year for spring. All application materials must reach UF by this date. Late applications are not turned away, but they cannot be guaranteed priority for placement or financial aid consideration. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. The committee will notify you of its decision by letter.

The MHP Supervisory Committee reviews these application materials as part of the process:

  • Your undergraduate grade point average, of which 3.00 is the expected minimum.
  • The total of your official verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, of which 1000 is the expected minimum. A score of 450 minimum in verbal is expected.
  • Your official transcripts and credentials from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to assess -your academic performance or professional experience.
  • Your letter of intent, detailing your motives and goals in pursuing a graduate education in Historic Preservation, as well as your intended focus or specialization.
  • If you are a foreign applicant, your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, of which 550 (paper format) or 213 (computer format) is the expected minimum.

When You Apply

To be successfully admitted into the Masters of Historic Preservation degree program, several things must happen. You must send application materials and a professor affiliated with the college program (Master of Historic Preservation Supervisory Committee) must agree to be your major advisor. Financial arrangements must be made or understood. After you apply, the school director and professional advisor will help you make these arrangements.

Your Letter of Intent will enable the school staff to help you identify potential advisors. We will contact potential advisors directly, circulate your application, and facilitate your communication. It is your responsibility to communicate with potential advisors to determine common interests, identify research opportunities, and explore the possibility of close collaboration during your degree work in Historic Preservation.

You may begin your own search for potential advisors, even before you apply. We suggest that you look up the internet home pages of appropriate professors and examine the Graduate Catalog. In the process of narrowing your search, you should correspond directly with individual faculty members. Once you have identified one or a small number of potential advisors, you may decide to visit campus to assess the situation and discuss your plans.

The Design, Construction and Planning Historic Preservation Committeereviews applications to the program as they are completed, starting February 2 and October 2, and makes offers of admission as soon as they become feasible. This means that decisions on how to allocate the limited funds available to support students are made starting in the first week of January, continuing into February. Except for unusual circumstances,all admission offers for Fall semester are made by April 15. Because most offers are made well before that date, it is to your advantage to apply early.

Most offers of centrally administered financial support are for students who begin in Fall semester (August), but students may begin in Spring semester (January) or Summer semester (May), because support from faculty grants or other sources may become available at any time. Students who need financial support and seek to begin class in Fall semester should apply during the previous fall (August to December) or January, so that the application file is complete no later than February 1.

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A bachelor’s degree or higher degree with a 3.0 average in coursework from an accredited program in any academic discipline. All prospective UF students must also take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and score at least 320 on the verbal and 1000 overall. For this program, 450 is the expected minimum score on the verbal portion of the GRE.

Preservation Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be interdisciplinary and flexible. Each student will work with their faculty advisor to develop an appropriate academic program reflecting the student’s academic and/or professional background and interests in historic preservation. Interdisciplinary coursework in other college and campus disciplines is encouraged, as is participation in the school’s off-campus programs field schools offer enriching opportunities as well as course credit in the summer.

Students must take 15 credit hours of required historic preservation coursework from this list:

MHP Typical Course of Study

MHP Graduate Studies Handbook