The BAC's Historic Preservation master's degree supports a wide variety of career opportunities:
- Preservation specialist in an architecture, interior design or landscape architecture practice
- Preservation specialist or urban planner in local or state government
- Preservation design consultant
- Sole practitioner in preservation design or consulting
- Materials conservator
- Preservation specialist in contracting, development, or urban design
- Historic site supervisor
- Preservation advocate
For additional information on the breadth of careers in the Historic Preservation profession, please click on:
- HistPres (Geared toward Young Professionals)
- National Trust for Historic Preservation Career Center
- Federal Government
- US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program
- Indeed.com Historic Preservation Job Board
- American Planning Association
- University of Mary Washington Job Bank
- National Council on Public History
- Preservation Directory
An advisory council of practitioners helps the program stay attuned to career opportunities in the field. The curriculum supports development of skills relevant to employment. The program's first semester gives an overview of the field to help orient students to career choices. A career workshop is part of the first Intensive, and is led by people familiar with opportunities in the field. The program's director is available to discuss specific internship projects and career paths with individual students.
Joining the MDS places you in a network of people exploring careers in preservation - a network supported by faculty who are experienced professionals and have already established careers in preservation.
Because of its low-residency, online format, the program allows students to begin internships or full-time employment during their studies. This type of "concurrent education" is a hallmark of educational philosophy at the BAC, where students go to school as aspiring practitioners and go to work as lifelong learners.