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Master of Science in Design & Historic Preservation

with Hancock Shaker Village

Study architectural preservation in a unique setting

Classes are open to all, and include:

  • American Building 17th to 20th centuries
  • Traditional Building Methods
  • Building Conservation
  • Preservation Policy
  • Theory, Testing and Analysis of Historic Materials
  • Researching Historic Structures
  • Traditional Trades and Craftsmanship
  • Structural and Mechanical Systems
  • Preservation Design Studio

A collaboration of the UMass Amherst Architecture+Design and Public History programs together with Hancock Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Classes meet Friday and Saturday every other week during the semester and can lead to a Masters Degree in two years. Classes may be held in Amherst or Pittsfield depending on instructional objectives of various stages of the program. Credits may be transferred to other degree programs with permission and may qualify for AIA continuing education credits. Individual classes are open to all.

Who should enroll?

  • Architects, builders, carpenters, historians, museum educators who seek to expand their knowledge of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century architecture.
  • Individuals seeking qualifications in preservation methods, analysis and project management.
  • Students and professionals in the building trades who want to deepen their understanding of regional building methods.
  • Enthusiasts of the crafts, culture and architecture of the Shaker movement.


Submit an on-line application to:
UMass Office of Graduate Admissions


Submit a letter and portfolio to:
UMass program in Architecture+Design

455 Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Dr.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9331

With questions about the application process, please contact Jean Crossman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 413-577-0943.

Fees:  The fee for each three-credit course is $2,700.  There is an additional non-refundable registration fee of $45 each term.  The registration fee is paid only once each term, regardless of how many courses a student enrolls in.

Fall 2014 Classes By Program

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