Welcome to the UMASS / Hancock Shaker Village Historic Preservation Program


 Master of Science in Design & Historic Preservation

A Joint Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst & Hancock Shaker Village

The Master of Science in Design and Historic Preservation offers the unique opportunity for advanced study in historic preservation theory, practice, and public policy at a major public research university and a National Historic Landmark in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The program uses Hancock Shaker Village, one of the largest and best preserved Shaker sites in the nation, as a primary study site.  The Shaker’s deep-seated commitment to sustainability in building, living and farming is the philosophical ground for the program’s curriculum.  Students learn and expand their skills in architectural design, historic preservation, construction, restoration, town planning, as well as their understanding of historic site management while working closely with leading preservationists in the state and region.

The program is geared toward working professionals and others who wish to maintain employment while pursuing an advanced degree, or individual courses. Courses are offered on a schedule that allows students to commute to Amherst and Pittsfield for concentrated classes on alternating Fridays and Saturdays in the fall and spring semesters.

Evidence of design background, historic preservation policy knowledge, and/or expertise in the building trades is required for admission.

Credits may be transferable to alternate advanced degree programs.


Watch our video introduction to the programand hear from faculty and students about what makes the UMass Amherst — Hancock Shaker Village Preservation Program unique.



#1 Submit an on-line application to:

UMass Office of Graduate Admissions

#2 Submit a letter and portfolio (this can be your experience in any related field) to:

UMass Program in Architecture+Design

455 Fine Arts Center
151 Presidents Dr.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9330

To learn more, contact our Program Directors at:

Max Page
Michael Devonshire
Marla Miller

Admission Guidelines can be found at:

Apply For Admission

Enroll in classes at:

UMASS Amherst Professional and Continuing Education/

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