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Admissions, Tuition, Financial Aid, Fellowships & Assistantships

Students are admitted to the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program from a wide variety of academic backgrounds ranging from history, architectural history, architecture and business administration, to engineering, art history, planning, law, and other fields of undergraduate study. Candidates must hold at least a bachelors' degree from an accredited academic institution prior to enrollment.

Because historic preservation is a field of many skills and interests, the admissions review policy maintains flexibility about applicants' previous academic studies and experience, placing emphasis upon their stated motivations and capacity to do independent, self-directed work.

Those interested should apply directly to the UVM Graduate Admissions Office using their on-line graduate application form. Applications must be supported by an official transcript from each college or university attended, three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's capacity for graduate work, Graduate Record Examination general test scores, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample. This writing sample must be the sole work of the applicant. It may be an independent research paper from college or, for example, a design project or other evidence of professional ability.

The annual deadline for fall admissions in March 1, however applicants are encouraged to submit their complete applications with transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendations to the Graduate Admissions Office at least a month in advance to avoid processing delays. Class sizes are managed with priority selection given to those applicants with the strongest applications. Late applications may be reviewed after March 1, should any late openings occur.

The UVM Historic Preservation Program welcomes diversity. The policy of the University of Vermont is to not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, color, religion, age, national origin, or Vietnam Veteran status in admission or access to or treatment or employment in its programs and activities.

Additional application information and on-line application forms are available from the Graduate Admissions Office. All application materials must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, 332 Waterman Building, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0160.

Applicants who have questions or would like to arrange an interview and visit may call the Historic Preservation Program at (802) 656-3180 or contact by email at

Required Credits

A minimum of 36 credit hours are required for the MS degree in Historic Preservation. Most students complete their studies in three semesters starting in the fall with a summer internship between the second and third semesters.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Click here for the latest information about graduate tuition and fees.

Special Tuition for Vermont and New England Residents

Vermont residents may apply for in-state tuition. Residency policy information from the UVM Registrar is available here.

Residents of the other New England states may be eligible for a special tuition rate of 150% of in-state tuition offered through the New England Regional Student Program. For a full listing of policies and programs, contact the Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111, (617) 357-9620 or click on this link.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Some historic preservation graduate students are awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships in the History Department during their second and third semesters. Offered on a competitive basis subject to availability, these partial GTAs include a stipend and a partial tuition remission per semester of the award.

Graduate College Fellowships

Students with outstanding academic backgrounds may be nominated for Graduate College Fellowships which carry tuition remission and stipends. While these are awarded in competition with all other university graduate programs, one or two incoming preservation students typically are awarded these fellowships each year.

Financial Aid and Work Study

Students who satisfy a financial need requirement are also eligible for federal work-study support. The Historic Preservation Program typically has work study positions available for all pre-qualified students. Applications for work-study funding must be made through the UVM Financial Aid office. Please click here for a link to more information and application procedures for financial aid.

Questions? Schedule an appointment or visit? Contact the Historic Preservation Program by email at

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