Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Community Planning, Policy and Design (CPAD)

The Master of Arts in Community Planning, Policy, and Design (CPAD) degree program addresses the many dimensions of community building. Its innovative curriculum is designed to empower graduates to develop "progressive traditional" urban design skills while gaining knowledge of public policy, real estate economics, and practical transportation/land-use planning. The focus of the program is on the growing intersection of these skills and knowledge in today’s vibrant and increasingly complex development environment. CPAD is jointly housed in the College of Charleston's Riley Center for Livable Communities and the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program.

 Graduates of the program work in city governments, development companies, architecture/urban design firms, and businesses in other areas.

Master of Science in Historic Preservation

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is a collaborative effort between Clemson University and the College of Charleston. The program, which is based in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a two-year Master of Science in Historic Preservation. We are seeking a small and selective group of interdisciplinary graduate students interested in building national careers in historic preservation.

The mission of the collaborative Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation is to educate future leaders in the documentation, evaluation, interpretation, and conservation of historic structures, sites, objects, and landscapes with the goal of developing appropriate preservation strategies for a sustainable future. Utilizing Charleston and the Lowcountry as a laboratory, students in this professional degree program acquire the diverse skills necessary for rewarding professional careers.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Architectural History and Cultural Significance
  • Documentation and Interpretation of Landscapes, Buildings, Interiors, and Objects
  • Historic Building Materials, Techniques, and Treatments
  • Contextual Design and Planning
  • Conservation Science and Material Analysis
  • Preservation Policy and Cultural Resource Management
  • Sustainability and the Economics of Rehabilitation

The Graduate Program works in close collaboration with a number of national and Charleston-based initiatives including the American College of the Building Arts,  Colonial Williamsburg, Drayton Hall, Historic American Building Survey of the National Parks Service, Historic Charleston Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Action, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and Warren Lasch Conservation Center as well as local architects and preservation professionals.

For More Information

Jon Marcoux
Program Director

Clemson University/College of Charleston
701 E. Bay Street, Suite 202
Phone: 843.937.9567

Amanda Tucker
Student Services Program Coordinator
701 E. Bay Street, Suite 202
Phone: 843.937.9596

Mimi Rose
Administrative Manager
701 E. Bay Street, Suite 202
Phone: 843.723.1747

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