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Program in Historic Preservation

New York, NY


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M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute

The Master of Science in Historic Preservation program at Pratt Institute focuses on heritage and public policy. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of preservation policies and methods within a broad historical and social context. The program also prepares students for careers in the field as they work with faculty with practical experience and as they participate in valuable internships.

The program is a part of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) in the School of Architecture. GCPE's mission is to "create and sustain a learning community of students, faculty, and alumni that is characterized by innovative professional practice and that emphasizes planning and preservation approaches rooted in the principles of sustainability, equity, and public participation."

The School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is dedicated to educating individuals who will become leaders of the design, planning, and management disciplines in the fields of architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, construction and facilities management, sustainable environmental systems, and historic preservation.

The school's programs are built upon a "broad cultural and analytical base in the liberal arts and sciences" and provide specialized knowledge that is unique to individual disciplines. Furthermore, its studio-based curricula and research oriented thesis programs emphasize independent learning.

Faculty with Practical Experience

The School of Architecture's faculty consists of professionals who bring a wealth of real world preservation practice to the classroom. They are architects, designers, and historians who have experience working in the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors.

For instance, visiting assistant professor Mike Flynn has served as the director of capital planning at the New York City (NYC) Department of Transportation for 10 years. He is currently the Director of Active Transportation at Sam Schwartz Engineering. He co-authored the "New York City Street Design Manual" and has designed and implemented a number of street design projects in NYC including pedestrian plazas, bicycle facilities, and safety improvements.

Curriculum for the M.S. in Historic Preservation Program

The 44-credit M.S. Program in Historic Preservation can be completed in 2 years. It draws upon the college's interdisciplinary strengths in architecture; urban design; and city, regional, and environmental planning.

Students gain a thorough understanding of cultural heritage issues, law, and policy. They also acquire documentation, evaluation, communication, and interpretative skills. Case studies, internships, and interaction with community leaders and practitioners help students gain practical experience in the field.

Core courses include Concepts of Heritage, Adaptive Re-use, Architecture and Urban Form, and the Preservation Colloquium; elective courses include Main Street and Revitalization, Green Buildings, and Public History. Students may also conduct independent research on topics of interest as long as they receive approval from the graduate faculty and chairperson.

Valuable Internships

Because New York City is rich in architecture, history, and culture, students have the opportunity to complete internships at prestigious organizations such as the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and at architectural companies.

Students work at the "cutting-edge" of the field and gain the skills and mindset needed to flourish in a variety of professional environments.

Graduate Student Life at Pratt

Pratt Institute is a diverse community that provides plenty of opportunities -- including clubs, student government, fitness facilities, athletic programs, and special events -- for graduate students to create well-rounded lives. These co-curricula activities provide students with numerous recreational options, enhance their cultural understanding, help them build social connections, and promote their personal and academic growth.

In addition, community service projects help students connect with the larger community and enrich their academic experience.

Students can also discover or strengthen their spiritual journeys through the campus ministry. In fact, Pratt's campus ministry and counseling center work together to ensure that students maintain spiritual and psychological well-being.

Graduate Student Housing

Pratt provides a limited amount of on-campus housing for graduate students, but most students find off-campus housing. The Office of Residential Life maintains a list of off-campus housing options that includes apartments, lofts, and brownstones. It also posts roommate opportunities.

About Pratt Institute

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States. It is also the largest school of its kind in the northeastern region of the country.

Pratt offers over 4,800 students more than 25 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 25 master's degree programs. The college's mission is to provide educational programs that help artists and creative professionals become responsible contributors to society.

To this end, it assists students in developing aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 13

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Writing sample, bachelor's degree, transcripts, letters of recommendation, portfolio

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 90

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.14%
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 7.14%


Male (35%)
Female (64%)

Location & Contact

Address 144 West 14th Street
New York, NY  10011
United States
Contact Vicki Weiner
Phone: 718-637-8645

Pratt Institute