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Masters (MS) in Heritage Resources Administration

Gain the administration skills needed when working on historic preservation projects through this online master’s degree in Heritage Resources Administration. It combines coursework in historic preservation with training in public and nonprofit administration, equipping mid-career heritage professionals with the skills needed for advancement and leadership within their career.

This program is specifically designed to cater to the demands of historic preservation leadership roles. It emphasizes essential areas like nonprofit financial management, strategic planning, and grant writing. The online format provides maximum flexibility, making it highly appealing to those already in the workforce. The program is geared to a diverse array of professionals including nonprofit leaders, preservation experts, archeologists, architectural historians, Main Street managers, engineers, architects, and other careers centered around the identification and conservation of historical buildings and sites. The curriculum encompasses 36 credit hours, comprising 24 core courses, 9 electives, and a 3-hour capstone project. 

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Spring 2025

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 36
Cost Per Credit: $737.00


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What You'll Learn


The curriculum introduces students to core historic preservation content, including historic preservation law, architectural history, and historic preservation planning, while also teaching skills that are essential for success in leadership positions, such as nonprofit management, financial management, and strategic planning.    

This 36 credit hour program was created to meet the needs of practitioners who must not only learn about cultural and historic resources, but who are also responsible for leading the organizations that ensure the long-term viability of those resources.

Students have the option of pursuing a 2 year or a 4 year degree plan.  It is strongly recommended that students meet with advisors to develop a course strategy that suits their schedule and interests.

Course Examples

  • HP 601 Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • HP 602 Historic Preservation Law
  • HP 617 Historic Preservation Planning
  • HP 675 Architectural History for Preservation Practice
  • PA 661 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PA 662 Nonprofit Management
  • PA 642 Public and Nonprofit Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • PA 602 Strategic Planning and Organizational Change
  • PA 681 Capstone in Public Administration
  • 9 credits of approved electives
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

An application must be complete by March 1 to be considered for fall admission and all forms of financial aid.  Applications received after this date will be considered for admission, but financial aid may be limited.

  • CV or resume
  • Personal statement, 2,000 word limit
  • Writing sample
    - The writing sample may be drawn from previous academic work or professional work. Samples of creative work, such as design or photographic portfolios, may be used to fulfill this requirement as well.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (Only an email address is required. Our system will ask them to upload their letter.)

Admissions Criteria

Program Contact

Emily Bergeron
Graduate Program Director


Fall 2024

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Spring 2025

Application Due Date:
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Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

One tuition rate

Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

Grad tuition cap

Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.
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