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Historic Preservation

Master of Design Studies

Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation

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A Conservation Project: Malta

A Conservation Project: Malta reports the findings and recommendations of students based on their Malta Intensive Week Projects for the Architectural Materials Conservation: Philosophy, Methods, and Practice course.

Through a distance/ low-residency program that includes brief periods of intensive study in Boston, the BAC's online Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation prepares you for a rewarding role in the historic preservation field. In study with leading scholars and practitioners from the field combined with shared learning in a cohort of committed colleagues, you will gain the expertise and leadership skills required to celebrate and preserve the buildings and cultural landscapes of our history.

  • Complete a degree in two years while continuing full-time employment
  • Take part in week-long learning intensives in Boston
  • Study at a leading design college with a century of history in design education
  • Connect preservation and sustainable design through the BAC's nationally recognized online sustainable design curriculum
  • Enjoy online collaborative learning


The Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation is delivered in a unique format that combines online learning with brief periods of intensive study in Boston. A capstone project is included in the degree, connecting theory and practice through mentored research and design. Students with a design background may choose a building, landscape or interior project. Others may focus on a research, policy, or business interest. The result is an educational experience that establishes a foundation of knowledge for launching a career in historic preservation...more


The BAC is a member of the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). The MDS in Historic Preservation meets the standards for degree granting programs established by NCPE.

The Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation may be completed in four semesters although the program allows for flexibility in scheduling online electives which may be taken over more semesters to allow room for work and other demands...more