Master of Science in Historic Preservation: Admissions Requirements
The Master of Science (MS) in Historic Preservation program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is geared toward full-time students, and while part-time study is not prohibited, preference is given to applicants who plan to attend full time. Candidates must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to gain acceptance into the program. Incoming students also must have completed prerequisite courses in architectural history and a survey of art history before beginning the program.
An online application is required for SAIC’s MS in Historic Preservation program. You will need a valid credit card and current email address in order to complete the form. Please review the following requirements carefully before submitting your application:
- Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. (CST) on June 1.
- There is an $80 nonrefundable application fee ($100 for international applications). The fee is discounted by 50% from September 1 through November 30.
- You must upload a 500- to 700-word statement of purpose that describes your work or research, how you arrived at your current focus/body of work, and future directions for your work.
- In addition to your application, you must submit an ePortfolio by June 1. Applicants with a studio art or design background must submit a visual portfolio of up to 20 images. Applications without a studio art or design background must submit a 10- to 15-page critical writing sample addressing some aspect of historic preservation.
You also must submit an official college transcript and two letters of reference for admission into the program. You can ask your references to upload their letter to your online application or mail them directly to the school.
The Department of Historic Preservation may contact some candidates for an interview after all applications have been reviewed. For more information on the application and admissions process, visit the graduate admissions website.
Ready to apply? Complete your online application now.