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MSHP Degree Requirements

Course Sequence Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 3
Semester 4
Studio I
Studio II
Advanced Studio (optional)
Thesis Colloquium
Thesis II
Required Courses
6x3pts = 18pts
Traditional American Architecture

Traditional Building Technology

Theory & Practice of Historic Preservation

Preservation Planning & Policy
Modern American Architecture

Modern Building Technology
3pts ea.
2+ Electives 3+ Electives 3+ Electives
18pts 15-19pts 12-19pts 12-19pts

Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 points for the M.S. in Historic Preservation, of which 37 points are from required courses.

In the first year, students must complete the Studio I and II sequence, and six required courses: Theory and Practice of Preservation, Preservation Planning, & Policy, Traditional American Architecture, Traditional Building Technology, Modern American Architecture and Modern Building Technology.

In the second year, students take Preservation Colloquium in the Fall in preparation for their required thesis project in the Spring. During their second year, students can take one of three advanced studios to specialize in preservation design (joint studio with M. Arch), preservation planning (joint studio with UP), or preservation technology. Advanced studios travel domestically and internationally and offer opportunities for research and hands-on experience. To further their practical training, students are encouraged to complete an internship between their first and second years in the program.

The program offers a wealth of elective courses ranging in topics and formats: lectures and seminars examine historical, theoretical and practical facets of the profession, laboratory courses engage in experimental object-centric learning about architectural materials and methods of conservation, workshops extend the hands-on practicum, and mini courses offer deep dives into burning contemporary issues in preservation.

Columbia GSAPP offers Dual Degrees between the Masters of Architecture and the M.S. Urban Planning programs and a Joint Degree with the M.S. Real Estate Development program. View details and requirements for joint and dual degrees programs here.