Eastern Michigan University

This is the review for the Historic Preservation program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU).

To begin, here are some facts about Eastern Michigan University and its Historic Preservation program:

  • 80 to 100 graduates enroll annually which makes the program the largest of its kind in the States
  • Offers evening and night classes which may be useful if you are working while going to school
  • Works with other local historically oriented organizations such as the Michigan Historical Center, and the Historic Ford Estates to offer fellowships and assistantships
  • Degree offered is a M.S. in the Geography and Geology department
  • Also offers a certificate option
  • Established a Digital Historic Preservation Library in 2014

The above facts can be found here.

Eastern Michigan University is a public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

There have been two respondents that attended this program, both went within the last five years.

Some of the advantages of this program that individuals listed are:

  • Professors are very knowledgeable and attentive
  • Students learn about all roles in museum work, helping them to find the area they are most interested in
  • Partnerships with local museums to get hands-on experience and fellowships
  • Professors bring in professionals for networking mixers, class talks, workshops
  • Many paid real-life opportunities

However, some disadvantages are:

  • Very focused in history museums, disadvantage because so many students end up in non-history museum
  • Would be nice to have classes dedicated to resumes, cover letters, and interview skills

This program’s overall score as it was when the respondents attended: 9.0/10.0

This program’s overall score as it is now: 9.0/10.0

100% of respondents work near their graduate school and in an art museum.

Both respondents work in education and one works in exhibitions


My Summary:

This program seems one of a kind. I’m surprised at how many students they take a year which is definitely different from many of the museum studies programs I’ve summarized over the past few weeks. After overviewing their course offering in the program (see link below), it looks like they offer plenty of options in each concentration. If you are interested in historic preservation, this program at EMU is worth checking out.

If you would like to add your input, go take the survey or comment below.

If you would like more information on this program, go to their website. There’s a great course layout here. Related, I found this nifty calculator on their website for how much it will cost to go to EMU.

I will be updating this post as I receive more responses about the Historic Preservation program and do some more research on the school so be sure to check back! As always, feel free to comment or send feedback.


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