Master of Historic Preservation
The Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Maryland responds to the complex needs of the historic preservation profession. It combines a broad reach of advanced individual and collaborative course work with research and practical experience gained through a summer internship. Subjects such as public policy, economic development, historical interpretation and cultural diversity are emphasized alongside traditional preservation topics such as documentation, historical scholarship, preservation planning and design. The goal is to gain knowledge and experience in decision-making, management and conservation. These are tools for preserving material culture for the future while finding better community uses of the built environment in the present.
The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation offers a two-year Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) degree. The 45-credit MHP curriculum includes multidisciplinary core courses, an internship, a collaborative studio course and a wide selection of electives. Low student-faculty ratios and the availability of faculty from several departments and professional institutions offer unparalleled opportunities for individualized study.
Curriculum focus areas include adaptive reuse design and development in historic environments; archaeology; community heritage studies; economic development; interpretation of historic sites, buildings and monuments; preservation of historic landscapes; public policy; and under-represented communities.
Admission to the Historic Preservation program is competitive.
Visiting the School
The best way to learn more about the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is to visit. Throughout the year, both the School and the University of Maryland invite prospective graduate students to attend our annual Graduate Open House. Whether you choose to visit the official open house day or to arrange a visit on another day, a visit will certainly help you decide if the University of Maryland is the place to start your future. You are welcome to attend classes or come to special lectures or other events.
To make an appointment with the program director contact:
You may also attend a Prospective Students Open House (check for an upcoming open house in the News/Events page).
Domestic applications: January 1
International applications: December 15
All applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. There is no restriction on the applicant's previous field of study, and indeed we encourage diversity in all senses.
Online Graduate Application
Go to the Graduate Application website.
Read the latest instructions. When prompted, put in the four letter code that identifies the program for which you are applying.
The online code for the Master of Historic Preservation degree is HISP.
A non-refundable $75 fee is required for each program to which you apply. Payment of your application fee must be made on-line in order for your application to be submitted. Your application will not be processed until you pay your application fee and it is authorized.
Unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution including the University of Maryland must be attached to your application. Applicants who are admitted will be required to request official transcripts be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions Office from each institution where undergraduate or prior graduate work was undertaken. Sealed envelopes of transcripts that meet the requirements below must be submitted.
Transcripts must bear the signature of the registrar and seal of the granting institution and should include the years of attendance, courses taken, grades received, class standing and any degree, certificate or diploma received.
Letters of Recommendation
Three recommendations are required from professors or other unrelated individuals who can assess the applicant’s potential to succeed in this program. The online application provides an electronic recommendation form, which facilitates submission and receipt in most cases.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants must submit a statement of their goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study using the online application. The statement should give the reviewer a clear picture of why the applicant is choosing to pursue this degree and any specific area of interest.
Applicants must attach an up-to-date business-style resume via the online application.
Applicants must take the GRE and submit their score to the university (UMD’s GRE code is 5814). GRE results that are less than 5 years old may be submitted in lieu of retaking the test; if you have taken the GRE more than 5 years ago, you will need to retake the test. You may submit your application prior to taking the exam and can self-report your scores to the HISP program or upload to Hobsons
A writing sample must be submitted via the ASF (Part II) for all degrees in this program.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit additional documents.
Updated information is available on the Graduate School website at:
The following curriculum structure applies to all Historic Preservation degree candidates matriculating in Fall 2009 or later.
- HISP600 Introductory Seminar in Historic Preservation: Theory, History and Practice (3)
- HISP611 Historical Research Methods (3)
- HISP655 American Vernacular Architecture and Documentation (3)
- HISP680 Preservation Economics (3)
- HISP630 Preservation Policy and Planning (3)
- HISP635 Social and Ethnic Issues in Historic Preservation Practice (3)
- HISP640 Historic Preservation Law, Advocacy and Public Policy (3)
- HISP670 Conservation of Historic Places: Historic Materials, Building Systems, and Conservation (3)
- HISP660 Internship in Historic Preservation (3)
- Optional summer coursework is also available
- HISP650 Historic Preservation Studio Workshop (6)
- HISP710 Final Project in Historic Preservation I (1)
- HISP711 Final Project in Historic Preservation II (2)
Electives include all HISP course offerings, as well as the following approved courses offered by other departments in the university. Electives not listed below must be approved by an advisor.
AMST602 Interdisciplinary Research Strategies and Bibliographic Instruction (3)
AMST629A Seminar: Ethnography (3)
AMST629J Seminar: Life History Research—Individuals and Cultures (3)
AMST630 Seminar: Readings in Popular Culture in the United States (3)
AMST638 Orientation Seminar: Material Aspects of American Civilization (3)
AMST639A & B Reading Course in Selected Aspects of American Civilization (3)
AMST650 Material Culture Studies Theory (3)
AMST655 Introduction to Museum Scholarship (3)
AMST801 Research Seminar in American Life and Popular Culture (3)
AMST851 Interpretation of Cultural Landscapes (3)
AMST856 Museum Research Seminar (3)
ANTH448 Special Topics in Archaeology (3)
ANTH454 Anthropology of Travel and Tourism (3)
ANTH496 Field Methods in Archaeology (6)
ANTH640 Historical Archaeology (3)
ANTH696 Field Methods in Archaeology (6)
ANTH448P/689P Theories of the Past (3)
ANTH448W/689W Archaeology of the Chesapeake (3)
ANTH689R Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology (3)
ARCH420 History Of American Architecture (3)
ARCH428 Selected Topics In Architectural History (3)
ARCH429 Independent Studies In Architectural History (1-4)
ARCH432 History Of Medieval Architecture (3)
ARCH434 History Of Modern Architecture (3)
ARCH437 History Of Pre-columbian Architecture (3)
ARCH454 Theories Of Urban Form (3)
ARCH460 Site Analysis and Design (3)
ARCH472 Economic Factors in Architecture (3)
ARCH621 Seminar in History Of American Architecture (3)
ARCH628 Selected Topics in Architectural History (3)
HIST407 Technology and Social Change in History (3)
HIST456 History of American Culture and Ideas to 1865 (3)
HIST457 History of American Culture and Ideas Since 1865 (3)
HIST467 History of Maryland (3)
HIST600 Historiography (3)
HIST601 Methods in Historical Research (3)
HIST606 Seminar in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (3)
HIST608B General Seminar: American History
HIST608C General Seminar: European History
HIST608E General Seminar: Women’s and Gender History
HIST609 Readings in the History of Science and Technology (3)
HIST648 Readings in Recent American History (3)
HIST659 Readings in American Cultural and Intellectual History (3)
HIST668 Readings in American Social History (3)
HIST678 Readings in American Labor History (3)
HIST890 Seminar in American Culture and Ideas (3)
HIST892 Seminar in American Social History (3)
HIST894 Seminar in American Labor History (3)
HIST898 Seminar in Recent American History (3)
LARC450 Environmental Resources (3)
LARC451 Sustainable Communities (3)
LARC489 Special Topics in Landscape Architecture (1-4)
URSP606 Microeconomics of Planning and Public Policy (3)
URSP661 City and Regional Economic Development Planning (3)
URSP664 Real Estate Development for Planners (3)
URSP673 Community Social Planning (3)
URSP688G Recent Developments in Urban Studies; A Sustainable Baltimore-Washington Region (3)