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Masters Program

The Master of Science in Design and Historic Preservation, a two-year degree offered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hancock Shaker Village

Designed for working professionals who want to keep their day job while pursuing an advanced degree, especially those already working in preservation or construction, the Master of Science in Design and Historic Preservation is offered in four semesters of work over two years. Individual classes may also be taken as electives for continuing education credit.  Classes include:

  • Researching Historic Structures
  • Historic Building Conservation
  • Social History of New England Architecture
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Architectural Materials Testing

The program explores 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century architecture, building technology, and conservation methods using the many historic buildings at Hancock Shaker Village as a primary study site. Course work is conveniently conducted on Fridays at UMass Amherst and on Saturdays at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. These two days of concentrated classes occur on alternating weeks during the Spring and Fall semesters.

Traditional building materials, preservation theory and building systems are studied along with the Shaker commitment to sustainability in building, living and farming, which is investigated and tested for its applicability to modern life. While working closely with museum staff, instructors, craftspeople and preservationists, students expand their skills in architectural design, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, and historic-site management.

Evidence of design capacity or knowledge of the building trades is required for admission. In addition to a core group of students selected for full matriculation, space is available for students electing to take individual courses for continuing education credit, including AIA Mandatory Continuing Ed. Credits may be transferable to other advanced-degree programs as well.

Contact Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History and Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives, at mpage@umass.edu or call 413.219.7633 for more information.  Click here to register at UMass Continuing Education: http://www.umassulearn.net

Two Hancock Shaker Village Fellowships with stipend are available for fully enrolled students.

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