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About the MDS in Historic Preservation

Using Boston's historical built environment as a laboratory, the BAC's distance master's degree in historic preservation addresses the technical, cultural, and policy dimensions of preservation in today's world.

Is the BAC's historic preservation graduate program for me?

The MDS in Historic Preservation is open to both design professionals and those in the allied fields of preservation planning, administration, and advocacy. A broad range of design and related professionals attend the program. This gives students direct experience with the kinds of preservation coalitions necessary in the real world. The program caters to everyone, from practicing professionals to those who are embarking on a new career.

Study at a leading design college with a century of experience in design education

Located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, the BAC, founded in 1889, is the largest independent, accredited college of spatial design in New England. The BAC offers undergraduate and graduate first professional degrees in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture and undergraduate and graduate degrees in various disciplines in our School of Design Studies, including historic preservation, sustainable design, design for human health, and digital design and visualization.

Program Director: Eleni Glekas

Eleni Glekas is the director of Historic Preservation at The Boston Architectural College. Eleni is a preservationist and urban planner with experience both in the US and abroad. She holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from Pratt Institute and a Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium...more.

Take part in week-long learning intensives in Boston

Online learning during the program is personalized in periods of study at the BAC's Newbury Street campus, located on a legendary street in a world-class city. This format combines the best of low-residency and online learning. During these high-energy, intensive weeks, you will work with instructors and fellow classmates in small learning groups. The result is a learning charrette that is part hands-on workshop, part discussion seminar, and part design studio with the historic buildings and neighborhoods of Boston serving as a design lab. Students study online and attend three 8-day learning intensives in Boston (during semesters 1, 2, and 4) where they work with instructors and fellow classmates in small learning groups. The program's innovative use of emerging learning technologies enables effective communication with faculty and colleagues at a distance. In experiencing these technologies, students master the kind of online collaborative learning strategies increasingly central to contemporary professional life.

Program Partner: North Bennet Street School

Since its founding in 1885, North Bennett Street School's mission has been to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship. Students come to North Bennet Street School from all corners of the globe to enroll in offerings united by a simple purpose-instruction of students in the time-honored skills and methods that produce work of the highest standards.


Preservation education at the BAC includes opportunities to travel to destinations rich in history and preservation craft such as Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Washington, DC; and Malta.

Fellow students are drawn from around the country, adding opportunities for exposure to alternative preservation contexts. The radically interactive nature of online learning will ensure contact with a wealth of local preservation issues and policies.

Connect preservation and sustainable design

Over 30 graduate-level, online courses in sustainable design are available to preservation students. Among these courses are:

  • Sustainable Design and Preservation 
  • Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking 
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Building Materials 
  • Greening Existing Buildings 
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods