Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Historic Preservation

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

Clemson University’s School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture and the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities are pleased to invite applications for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree and the Certificate in Historic Preservation offered jointly with the College of Charleston.

The two year, professional-track degree and the certificate are based in historic Charleston, South Carolina.  We are seeking a small and selective group of interdisciplinary graduate students interested in building national careers in historic preservation.

The Graduate Program works in close collaboration with a number of Charleston based initiatives including the sites and collections of the Charleston Museum, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the American College of the Building Arts, The Charleston Museum and Drayton Hall, a National Trust site.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Carter Hudgins)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Carter Hudgins)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Because the program is joint program with the College of Charleston, students pay a tuition rate separate and distinct from the University in general. This tuition differential allows for an array of student fellowships, several of which are available.

Graduate fellowships and research analyst positions are offered on a per-student basis.

Course of Study

Program of Study

The Master of Science degree in historic preservation is offered through the graduate program in historic preservation in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture. This professional degree program is designed for students specializing in working with historic buildings, landscapes, and the decorative arts.

The program, based in Charleston, South Carolina, is a joint program with the College of Charleston. The program uses Charleston and the historic environs of South Carolina as a living laboratory. Course work emphasizes studios, labs, and field seminars that incorporate Charleston’s rich community of preservation specialists as well as distinguished visiting faculty members.

Students are admitted to the graduate program from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including those related to the built environment as well as broader historical studies. A multimedia portfolio of sample work or documentation related to the built environment is recommended, and students of the humanities and sciences are encouraged to apply.

The program is structured in layers, beginning with an initial core semester devoted to the analysis and documentation of historic sites, followed by an advanced studio-focused semester organized around the development of a preservation project. The second year highlights advanced analysis and conservation studies, project administration, and individual research.

Thesis proposals are defended in the third semester and completed as a multimedia project in the fourth semester of the program. Thesis projects use original research and incorporate each student’s specific focus in the discipline of historic preservation.

The organizational structure of the degree program and the curriculum have been developed with the guidance of the National Council of Preservation Education (NCPE), the AIA, the ASLA, CSI, the regional professional community in preservation and design, as well as faculty from peer graduate programs.

Current Program

Facilities

The Clemson University Restoration Institute in Charleston brings together experts and researchers in design, planning, construction management, real estate, historic preservation, business, tourism management, health, education, materials science, engineering, environmental science, forestry, soils, hydrology, horticulture, wood technology, toxicology and other relevant areas. The program works in close collaboration with a number of Charleston-based initiatives including the sites and collections of the Charleston Museum, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the American College of the Building Arts, and Drayton Hall, a National Trust site.

Students have access to both the Clemson and College of Charleston library systems. Lab and studio spaces in Charleston are available for educational and research purposes.

Our Students

The program is highly selective. While there are no specific GPA or GRE cutoffs, faculty members look for the most outstanding students when those numbers and other criteria, such as the portfolio, are considered.

Careers in historic preservation and its related fields are growing at a rapid pace. This is due, in part, to a move toward a restoration economy where much will be spent in future years on the restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of existing structures and landscapes. The National Trust highlights careers in both the private and public sectors; for more information, students should go online to http://nationaltrust.org/help/careers.html.

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English Language Studies

About ELS

Conditional language admission is offered to graduate candidates who have met all admission requirements except language proficiency. Students may meet language proficiency requirements through completion of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program.

Standardized Exam

The academic program reserves the right to require applicants admitted with conditional letters of admission (CLAs) to post adequate GMAT or GRE scores prior to matriculating into the program.