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M.S. in Architecture - Heritage Conservation & Preservation Sample Program

The M.S. in Architecture - Heritage Conservation and Preservation concentration requires a total of 33 credits, typically completed over one-and-a-half years. Coursework includes two foundation courses (6 credits), at least two core competency courses (6 credits), six credits of electives in architecture, six credits of electives outside of architecture, and 9-10 credits for the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s). At least 24 of the credits are completed before registering for either the Plan A Thesis or a Plan B Project(s). Students enrolled in the M.S. in Architecture - Heritage Conservation and Preservation concentration may select either the Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) to demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research or scholarship in their major field, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of their investigation effectively.

Students are also strongly encouraged, although not required, to obtain an internship during the summer between their first and second years in the program.  Past students have successfully applied for internships located throughout the United States that were listed on preservenet, as well as those with various federal agencies that are organized yearly by the National Council for Preservation Education

 

 

1. Foundation Courses (required)
6 credits
ARCH 5671: Historic Preservation
3 credits
ARCH 5673: Documentation for Historic Preservation
3 credits
2. Core Competencies (at least two required)
6 credits
ARCH 5410: Topics in Architectural History
3 credits
ARCH 5441: Minnesota: Architecture and Landscapes
3 credits
ARCH 5670: Topics in Heritage Preservation: Preservation and Sustainability
3 credits
ARCH 5672: Historic Building Conservation
3 credits
ARCH 5674: World Heritage Conservation
3 credits
ARCH 5676: Economics of Heritage Preservation
3 credits
LA 5413: Introduction to Landscape Architectural History

3 credits

3. Elective Courses inside Architecture
6 credits
Elective course offerings vary each semester.  Please see current list of suggested electives inside Architecture, as well as class schedule for details.  Note: additional Core Competency courses beyond the minimum two required can qualify as Elective Courses inside Architecture.   
4. Elective Courses outside Architecture
6 credits
Elective course offerings vary each semester.  Please see current list of suggested electives outside Architecture, as well as class schedule for details.    
4. Master's Degree with Thesis or Project(s)
9-10 credits
For the Plan A thesis, students must enroll in ARCH 8777 for 10 credits. For the Plan B Project, students register for 9 credits of additional coursework (typically three, three-credit courses) and develop one or two projects/papers requiring up to 120 hours of additional work. The Plan B coursework may be a combination of directed studies, courses in architecture, or courses in related fields outside Architecture, determined with consultation and approval by the M.S. Director. Students are examined upon completion of all coursework for the Master's degree.  
Total
33-34 credits

 

 

M.S. Program Options and Example Schedules

Students who enter the M.S. in Architecture - Heritage Conservation and Preservation concentration may enroll in the program for only the M.S. degree or combine it with the M.Arch. degree. Listed below are example schedules that outline possible course sequences for students in either option: Option One: the M.S. (only) or Option Two: the dual degree, which combines the M.S. and the professional M.Arch. (M.S. + M.Arch.).

Option One: M.S. in Architecture-Heritage Conservation & Preservation (M.S. Only)

Example Semester Schedule (M.S. -- 3 semester plan)

 

 

YEAR ONE
Fall Semester
12 credits
ARCH 5671: Historic Preservation
3 credits
Core Competency requirement
3 credits
Elective course (in architecture)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture)
3 credits
Spring Semester
12 credits
ARCH 5673: Documentation for Historic Preservation
3 credits
Core Competency requirement
3 credits
Elective course (in architecture)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture)
3 credits
YEAR TWO
Fall Semester
9-10 credits
Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) + 9 credits coursework (typically three classes)
9-10 credits
Total
33-34 credits

 

Note: This is an example of a schedule; students may tailor the curriculum to support their interests. Students are encouraged to consult with the program director and other divisors, and to use the program planning worksheet for planning purposes.

Option Two: M.S. in Architecture-Heritage Conservation & Preservation + M.Arch. (Dual Degree)

After a student is accepted to the M.Arch program, they can apply for a dual degree option.  Students who simultaneously enroll in the M.S. and the M.Arch. program may complete both programs in approximately four years. A maximum of 12 credits may be overlapped in the M.S. and M.Arch. Credits required to satisfy the Plan A thesis or Final Project for either degree may not be double-counted. M.Arch. Plan A or Plan C students must develop and present a final project; M.S. Plan B students may combine independent research or additional courses of of 9 credits (typically three, three-credit classes). It is strongly recommended that the student in this situation select a Plan B project(s) for the M.S. (9 credits) since the M.Arch. requires a Master’s Final Project (Plan C, 10 credits).


Candidates may consider completing the M.Arch. Plan C after they have completed the Plan B project(s) which may provide the research base for the M.Arch. Plan C. For students already enrolled in the M.Arch., it is recommended that M.S. program applications to the Graduate School and the School of Architecture be submitted—at the latest—by the second year of the graduate program (GD 2) in order to develop a course plan and establish examining committee members. Applications to the MS Program by students already enrolled in the M.Arch program are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The following schedule is one example of how the M.S. and M.Arch. coursework could be integrated.

Example Semester Schedule (M.S. + M.Arch. -- 8 semester plan)

 

 

YEAR ONE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5411: Principles of Design Theory
3 credits
ARCH 5515: Technology I: Building Materials and Construction Systems
3 credits
ARCH 8251: Graduate Architectural Design I
9 credits
Spring Semester
17 credits
ARCH 5516: Technology II: Luminous and Thermal Design
6 credits
Project Module
4 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Elective course
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR TWO
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5621: Professional Practice in Architecture
3 credits
ARCH 5517: Technology III: Structural Systems
3 credits
ARCH 8253: Graduate Architectural Design II
9 credits
Spring Semester
15 credits
ARCH 8254: Technical Applications in Design
4 credits
Project Module
4 credits
Elective course
3 credits
Elective course
3 credits
ARCH 5110: Architecture as Catalyst
1 credit
YEAR THREE
Fall Semester
15 credits
ARCH 5671: Historic Preservation (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
H.P. Core Competency requirement (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
Elective course (inside architecture, M.S. overlap)
3 credits
ARCH 8255: Graduate Architectural Design III
6 credits
Spring Semester
13 credits
ARCH 8299: M.Arch Final Project
10 credits
ARCH 5673: Documentation for Historic Preservation (M.S. overlap)
3 credits
YEAR FOUR
Fall Semester

 

12 credits

H.P. Core Competency requirement
3 credits
Elective course (inside architecture)
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture,
3 credits
Elective course (outside architecture)
3 credits
   
Spring Semester
9-10 credits
Plan A Thesis or Plan B Project(s) + 9 credits coursework (typically three classes)
9-10 credits
Total
111-112 credits

 

Note: This is an example of a schedule; students may tailor the curriculum to support their interests. Students may choose to reverse the M.Arch. Master's Final Project and the M.S. Plan A Thesis/Plan B Project(s). Students should be prepared to explain to their advisor and the M.S. Director how elective courses contributing to their M.S. degree relate to Heritage Conservation and Preservation. Students are advised to use the program planning worksheet for planning purposes.

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