Planning, Development and Preservation

Degree and Certificate Programs

Students at woodworking demonstrationClemson University’s School of Planning, Development, Preservation and Landscape Architecture and the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities are pleased to invite applications for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree and the Certificate in Historic Preservation offered jointly with the College of Charleston.

The two year, professional-track degree and the certificate are based in historic Charleston, South Carolina.  We are seeking a small and selective group of interdisciplinary graduate students interested in building national careers in historic preservation.

The Graduate Program works in close collaboration with a number of Charleston based initiatives including the sites and collections of the Charleston Museum, the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston, the American College of the Building Arts, The Charleston Museum and Drayton Hall, a National Trust site.

For more information about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, please contact us.

The primary mission of the collaborative Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is to protect and restore the cultural and material landscape.  The program is dedicated to educating future leaders in the evaluation and interpretation of historic structures, sites and landscapes for the development of the appropriate preservation strategies and treatments.  Utilizing the Charleston-based laboratory, graduate students acquire diverse professional skills for rewarding preservation careers.  Areas of emphasis include:

  • Sustainability and the Economics of Rehabilitation
  • Historic American Building Materials and Techniques
  • Conservation Science and Material Analysis
  • Architectural History and Cultural Significance
  • Documentation of Structures, Sites, and Landscapes
  • Building Treatment, Contextual Design and Historic Site Planning
  • Preservation Policy and Cultural Resource Management