Graduate Historic Preservation

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

Do you value livable communities—historic buildings and architectural details? Are you interested in making use of the resources of the past to ensure a rich and meaningful way of life for the future?

Jules Mominee, who earned a master of science in historic preservation, runs a business that restores stained glass in historic buildings. Learn more.

Are you looking for a career that’s hands-on—one that gets you involved in projects within your community or around the country?

If so, a master of science in historic preservation (MSHP) from Ball State can turn your passion into a career.

We offer two related but distinct paths to our master's degree. Our one-year (30 credit hour) program offers a streamlined path for candidates with previous course work in historic preservation or two years of professional practice. Our two-year (52 credit hour) option, with a 400-hour internship, will also get you job-ready right after graduation.

Connecting the Past and the Future

Our programs explore the past while focusing on the future of American cities, small towns, and rural landscapes. Our faculty and course work give you the chance to engage with a wide variety of concerns. These include community engagement, social justice, urban policy, and economic development that’s culturally and ecologically responsible.

Our roots are in history and architecture, but when it comes to preserving the past, we take an innovative approach. Additionally, we consider questions of law, economics, landscape architecture, urban planning, and more. We require no prerequisite courses, so our students come from diverse backgrounds. They bring a wide variety of interests and points of view, and will be a valuable resource as you explore the many options within the field of historic preservation.

Our master of science in historic preservation meets the academic standards of the National Council for Preservation Education.

Experience Beyond the Classroom

Our preservation laboratory and preservation design studio offer experience in preservation techniques and professional methods. Through our partnerships with preservation agencies, nonprofit groups, and local communities, you’ll have frequent opportunities to continue your explorations beyond the classroom. You’ll also have opportunities to attend conferences and take advantage of quality field study programs.

A Career That Makes a Difference

After successfully completing our program, you’ll be in a strong position to launch a stable career. Ninety percent of our graduates find jobs in the field of preservation within just three months right here in Indiana and across the nation. And all of our graduates enjoy careers that enrich the cultural and economic well-being of their communities.

Take the Next Step

Ready to get started on your master of science in historic preservation? Request more information. Apply today.