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951 USD/credit
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Newly redesigned in 2019, the M.S. Preservation Practices program at Roger Williams University is one of the few preservation programs embedded in an architecture school in the country.

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The  M.S. Preservation Practices program at Roger Williams University embraces the unique intersections of adaptive reuse, architectural history, collaborative revitalization, and planning.

Building on the country's oldest undergraduate historic preservation program, the Master of Science in Preservation Practices provides coursework on the history of the built environment paired with applied learning experiences to introduce students to the interdisciplinary, team-based work of historic preservation practice. The program is designed to prepare students for practice in areas of cultural resource management, community planning, and place-based revitalization and redevelopment.

The program emphasizes pragmatic, values-based planning through engagement with local municipalities, non-profits and the private sector on preservation planning and rehabilitation projects. Students participate in a series of field-based workshop courses and a required, paid internship. Internships are paid through the innovative Career Investment Program, one of the only programs of its kind in the United States.  

Students complete the program with an intensive two-semester sequence of a planning workshop and collaborative studio focused on a major historic rehabilitation or revitalization project. Students may also opt to pursue a thesis under the advisement of SAAHP faculty. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Architecture
  • United States History: From Colonial Times to Reconstruction
  • United States History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • Historic Building Documentation
  • Principles of Architectural Conservation
  • Principles of Preservation Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Priority Deadline I - January 15th 
  • Priority Deadline II - March 1st
  • Final Deadline - May 1st 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


34 alternative credits

Path 2: 34 credits

Path 3: 53 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
85 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form accompanied by the $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in the Master of Architecture program, relevant past experiences and career goals
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school
  • Academic writing sample with sources cited employing a conventional style
  • If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    951 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 951 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    951 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 951 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


All accepted Historic Preservation students will be awarded a guaranteed paid assistantship or internship grant through the Career Investment Program. Full-time students will receive $3,000 per year, paid at $18 per hour, and part-time students receive $1,500 per year. Students who fall below full-time status during the year will be pro-rated. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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