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.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition, fees and other expenses for degrees at the University of Maryland are posted on the Office of the Bursar website.

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:

Donald Linebaugh
(301) 405-6309




Ruth Davis-Rogers
(301) 405-0753


You may also attend a Prospective Students Open House (check for an upcoming open house in the News/Events page).


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)




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) 


URSP603 Land Use Planning: Concepts and Techniques (3)
URSP604 The Planning Process (3)
URSP605 Planning History and Theory (3)

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)

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom environment. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information for future generations. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.


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To schedule a meeting with the Program Director contact:


Donald Linebaugh


(301) 405-6309




Ruth Davis-Rogers

Program Assistant 
(301) 405-0753 


Keep up to date on what's happening in the school and be informed about important deadlines by visiting the MAPP calendar.