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Masters Program

University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hancock Shaker Village

Master of Science in Design and Historic Preservation

Sign up for the full program or for elective courses.  See UMass Continuing Education site for registration: http://www.umassulearn.net

Two Hancock Shaker Village internships or fellowships with stipend are available for fully enrolled students.

We welcome practitioners, historic commission members, and anyone with an interest in preservation to consider our classes, which include:

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


Courses are offered Fridays at UMass Amherst and Saturdays at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Please write to Max Page, Professor of Architecture and History, Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives at mpage@umass.edu or call 413.219.7633 if you’d like to discuss the courses or master’s degree program.

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation offers an opportunity for advanced study in traditional building materials, preservation theory and building systems. The two-year program is offered through the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Hancock Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The program will explore 18th, 19th and 20th century architecture, building technology, and conservation methods using the Hancock Shaker Village as a primary study site.  The Shakers’ deep-seated commitment to sustainability in building, living and farming will be investigated and tested for its applicability to modern life. Students will expand their skills in architectural design, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, as well as their understanding of historic site management while working closely with museum staff, instructors, craftsmen and preservationists.

The program is geared toward working professionals and others who wish to maintain employment while pursuing an advanced degree. Courses are offered on a schedule that allows students to commute to Western Massachusetts for two days of concentrated classes on alternating weeks during the Spring and Fall semesters.

Evidence of design capacity or knowledge of the building trades is required for admission. While a core group of students will be selected for full matriculation, there will be spaces available for students electing to take individual courses. Credits may be transferable to alternate advanced degree programs as well as AIA Mandatory Continuing Education.

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