Students accepted into the program will be required to attend annual two-week long on-campus residencies each summer. Students attend the entire session during their first year.  The on-campus time for returning students is usually five to seven days. During the first summer, new students will meet with the program director to create their individual course of study-their guide to completing the program. New students will also attend on-campus portions of required courses such as Introduction to Historic Preservation, American Architecture or Urban History, and all other courses they plan to take during the fall and spring semesters.

During subsequent summer residencies, students will meet with the program director to refine their course of study and with the thesis director to develop their thesis topic. Returning students will also participate in the on-campus portions of required and elective courses that they will be taking during the subsequent academic year.