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Historic Preservation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Historic Preservation program is offered by Thomas Jefferson University. Students learn to determine historic significance of structures, viewed not as disembodied artifacts but as possibilities for adaptive reuse and retrofitting, as models of energy efficiency, and as part of the cultural fabric of a community.

From streets and neighborhoods to entire cities, both locally and internationally, historic preservation is an innovative practice that is essential to the development of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable urban spaces.

Our faculty of practicing professionals offers a broad range of experience, blending traditional methods with emerging technologies. Students learn collaboratively in interdisciplinary studios. With industry partnerships, field work at local historic sites and districts, and study abroad opportunities in Rome, the program offers invaluable real-world experience. Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Philadelphia, whose neighborhoods are rich with landmarks and historic structures. 


The curriculum meets the standards set by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Graduates are well-prepared for careers in documentation, research and more. Many have been accepted and received funding to pursue graduate degrees at premier historic preservation programs. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      60 months if the MSc is included

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drawing I for Architecture & Design 
  • Design 2: Foundation Studies
  • Technical Drawing and Graphic 
  • Intro to Historic Preservation
  • Visualization I: Digital Modeling
  • The Built Environment, Ancient to Medieval
  • History 2: Renaissance/Baroque
  • Early Modern Architecture & Interiors 
  • American Architecture
  • Cultural Site Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • An application for admission
  • Students can use The Common Application or the Jefferson Online Application
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation (for an academic recommendation form, click here)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and our ACT code is 3668.
  • Required academic or college preparatory courses:
  • Four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses.
  • Personal Essay (250 word minimum).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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