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MS Historic Preservation

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee


Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The Historic Preservation Program prepares leaders to address the great challenges of protecting the world’s architectural, cultural, and historical heritage in the face of profound change. The multi-disciplinary program has set the standard in the dynamic field of historic preservation and heritage conservation since James Marston Fitch founded it in 1964 as the first such program in the United States.

The program’s renowned faculty uses the architectural and historic riches of New York City as its laboratory, while encouraging study throughout the United States and the world. The Columbia University curriculum stresses the development of analytical thinking and effective communication, coupled with a strong base of knowledge in history, theory, conservation science, planning and policy, and design. Students graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance this rapidly evolving field and thus join the vibrant network of alumni who are already redefining the boundaries and practice of heritage conservation around the world.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The M.S. HP program is multidisciplinary in nature and expects all students to engage in preservation in depth from many perspectives. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to historic preservation as a profession and students should have a basic knowledge of the history of architecture.
  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. HP program.

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Course Modules

  • Architecture Studio V
  • Advanced Studio 3: Joint HP/Arch Studio, (Joint W/ Architecture - A4005)
  • Experimental Preservation

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How to Apply

  • Create and complete an online application.
  • Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. HP requires three letters of recommendation.
  • Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
  • Upload scanned copies of official academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
  • Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. A minimum verbal score of 150 is required. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). A minimum score of 100 is required. Please find our institution codes here.
  • Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
    (Optional) Mail copies of work and writing samples to the GSAPP Admissions Office: 400 Avery Hall, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material. If your samples do not exceed five pages they may be emailed directly to [email protected]

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