Drawing on Pratt’s interdisciplinary strengths in architecture; urban design; and city, regional, and environmental planning; the Graduate Historic Preservation program prepares students for leadership within a continuously changing preservation context.

The MS degree in Historic Preservation at Pratt, a 47-credit, four-semester program, uniquely addresses both the physical aspects of preservation and the role this discipline plays within a larger context of design, community revitalization, redevelopment and adaptive reuse, and sustainability. The curriculum builds on the energy of New York City as an important epicenter of historic preservation in the United States, and the program is located in Brooklyn—a longtime bastion of civic engagement and innovation around preservation issues. Classes take place on Pratt’s historic Brooklyn campus and are concentrated on two days a week to make internships and employment easier.


Requirements for Historic Preservation

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    PR-640 History and Theory of Preservation

    PR-643B Architecture & Urban History: Europe Middle East, Asia

    PR-651 Building Technology

    PR-661 Preservation Law & Policy

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    PR-600 Current Issues in Historic Preservation

    PR-642A Concepts of Heritage

    PR-643A Architecture & Urban History: U.S. States

    PR-839 Historic Preservation Studio I: Heritage Documentation

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses plus 7 credits of Concentration Electives.

    PR-840 Historic Preservation Studio II: Preservation, Economic Development

    PR-891 Thesis I

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus 7 credits of Electives.

    PR-892 Thesis II

Historic Preservation students spend their first year in intensive coursework focused on the core elements of preservation practice and their second year specializing in a particular aspect of urban preservation and built environment management. There are three areas of focus within the program: Design, Conservation and Sustainability, Historic Resource Management, and Preservation Planning and Development. These three areas of focus will cover many crucial aspects of preservation, including Main Street revitalization, adaptive reuse, and the nexus of preservation and sustainability in order to better protect our historic resources while fostering innovation in the field.

Students may choose elective courses from the broad range of those available in the HP program, or from any of the other three programs within GCPE: City and Regional Planning; Sustainable Environmental Systems; and Urban Placemaking and Management. Students may also choose elective courses from GCPE sister programs: Construction Management; Facilities Management; and Real Estate Practice. 

Upon successful completion of a thesis, students become qualified historic preservation practitioners with a focus that broadens their knowledge base and deepens their expertise—thus enhancing their skills and the range of work that they are equipped to handle as they enter this transdisciplinary field. A required internship in the field of historic preservation rounds out the program and ensures that students leave Pratt with relevant “real world” work experience as well as a network of professionals in preservation.


The Historic Preservation program prepares students for leadership within a continuously changing preservation context. With a broad grasp of cultural heritage issues, law, policy, and practice coupled with documentation, evaluation, communication, and interpretative skills, the program’s scholars are prepared with the essential practical and professional tools of the field. Case studies and interaction with community leaders and practitioners insures an integrative, interdisciplinary, and inclusive approach. The New York City environment, its urban context, and an accomplished faculty support the goal of excellence and national recognition in the field.

Courses such as history, documentation and interpretation, adaptive re-use, architecture, preservation planning, in policy, and heritage impart the broad range of skills practitioners need today to practice in this field. Students are encouraged to analyze preservation policies and methods within a broader historical and social context, a critical approach that enables graduates to practice at the highest professional level. Internships give students real-world experience.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applications will be accepted after the deadline until the program is full. Please see our departmental requirements, including TOEFL minimums, on the Graduate Departmental Requirements page. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room.

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