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Online Master of Arts in Historic Preservation

Program Details

The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia offers a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation. The curriculum is 45 credit hours completed through nine courses. The courses include the following: Preservation History & Theory, Preservation Research & Survey, Conservation Science & Preservation Technology, Preservation Law & Advocacy, Preservation Economics & Development, Conservation Science & Preservation Technology, Building Assessment Strategies I, Preservation Rehabilitation, Historic Preservation MA Final Project, and one 500 to 700 level elective.

Intensive coursework may be assigned, if necessary. These courses include: History of Modern Architecture, Communication for the Preservationist, and the Technology of Historic Structures.

This degree is ideal for individuals who have already received a Bachelor’s degree and want to build credentials pertaining to preservation of art. Additionally, it is designed for professionals who are already in the field or those who are interested in a future career in the field.

The program integrates applied learning techniques with research. Students have the opportunity to pursue preservation projects including National Park Service, the Historic Savannah Foundation, and more. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different disciplines in historic preservation. The MA Final Project must demonstrate the student’s ability and proficiency in historic preservation and must be research- or site-based.

SCAD graduates have pursued careers as the following: archivist, conservator, curator, economic development specialist, grant developer or manager, heritage tourism specialist, historian, historic site supervisor, international conservator, museum administrator, national park service employee, preservation consultant, preservation contractor, preservation design consultant, materials conservator, city and regional preservation planner or researcher, restoration artisan, Section 106 compliance specialist, state historic preservation officer, urban and regional planner, and others.


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or should anticipate completion of a bachelor's degree before enrollment in the graduate program. All applicants are evaluated individually according to previous educational experience and level of achievement.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges