Master of Science in Historic Preservation College of Design


When to Apply


The program has an application deadline of January 15 for fall enrollment. HSPH does not offer spring enrollment for new students.  


How to Apply


Applicants are asked to provide the following materials:


1. Graduate School Application Form must be completed online.


2. Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself online application. International students must also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do NOT submit paper copies of this material because it will cause delays in your application processing. You will only be asked to submit official transcripts or academic records if you are admitted. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.


3. Statement of Interest

Write a brief statement up to 1000 words explaining your interests in, and commitment to, heritage conservation and preservation as an area of study. Define possible research topics to be pursued, your experience and preparation for the field, career goals, and other relevant information that supports the application. Upload this essay at the "Graduate Program Supplementary Information" section and use the "UPLOAD #1" button.


4. Diversity Statement

Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement of no more than 500 words that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success.


5. Letters of Recommendations

Two or three letters of recommendation are required and are processed through the online application. Applicants are encouraged to submit at least one letter from a faculty member who is familiar with their aptitude for academic work.


6. Writing Sample

Provide a sample of your writing, in English, from a recent anthropology, archaeology, history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or related course or project. Applicants may also submit a professional report, a published article, or exhibition text. This requirement is intended to provide the application committee with a sample of your research, communication, and analytical skills.


* Note: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required. 




Who Should Apply

Prospective students with a background in anthropology, archaeology, history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Likewise, students with public interpretation, museum-based, or field and/or laboratory experience are invited to submit an application. All applicants to the program will be considered and students with little or no background in heritage studies or public history are encouraged to explain how their interest and training prepare them for graduate study. This program especially welcomes students from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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