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:


Laura Steeg

Program Assistant




Dennis Pogue

Interim Director, Historic Preservation

(703) 314-6485


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.



HISP 625 Cultural and Heritage Tourism: Issues in Sustainability & Historic Preservation (3)

HISP 629 Independent Study in Historic Preservation (3)

HISP 645 Archaeology and Preservation (3)

HISP 660 Internship in Historic Preservation (3)

HISP 679 Introduction to Measured Drawings for Historic Preservation (3)



AMST603 Current Approaches to American Studies (3)

AMST629L Queer Politics (3)

AMST628C Deviance and Dominance in the Study of the City (3)

AMST628B U.S. Intellectual History of Ideas: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (3)

AMST629I Material Culture and Internet Studies (3)

AMST628N Space, Place, and Identity in the Digital Age (3)

AMST628C Critical Interrogations and the Politics of Belonging: The Evolution and Future of Latina/o Studies (3)

AMST629K Gentrification and the Politics of Displacement (3)

AMST629D Race, Class, Material Culture (3)

AMST628B Gender, Work, and Underground/Informal Economies (3)

AMST628Q Laboring Subjects: The Cultural Politics of Work and Labor (3)

AMST629N Comparative Race and Ethnicity (3)

AMST655 Introduction to Museum Scholarship (3)

AMST856 Museum Research Seminar (3)

AMST851 Cultural Landscapes of North America (3)

ANTH611 Anthropology of Immigration and Health (3)

ANTH612 Hypermarginality and Urban Health (3)

ANTH613 Health Disparities in the United States (3)

ANTH615 Advanced Studies in Global Health (3)

ANTH616 Anthropology of Global Violence

ANTH624 Women's Health: Ethnographic Approaches to Reproduction and Politics (3)

ANTH631 Archaeology of Diaspora (3)

ANTH633 Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts (3)

ANTH634 Digital Heritage Preservation (3)

ANTH641 Introduction to Zooarchaeology (3)

ANTH647 Advanced Material Culture Studies in Archaeology (3)

ANTH650 Advanced Studies in Theory and Practice of Environmental Anthropology (3)


ARCH 420 History of American Architecture (3) 
ARCH 428C Selected Topics in Architectural History; City Beautiful Architecture and Urbanism in USA (1-3) 

ARCH 428/628L Selected Topics in Architectural History; Archaeology of Slavery: Classical, Caribbean and North American Contexts (1-4)

ARCH 428/628R Selected Topics in Architectural History; Digital Heritage Preservation (4)

ARCH 428/628W Selected Topics in Architectural History; Writing Architecture in Practice (3)
ARCH 429 Independent Studies in Architectural History (1-4) 

ARCH 434 History of Modern Architecture (3) 
ARCH 435 History of Contemporary Architecture (3) 

ARCH 436 History of Islamic Architecture (3)

ARCH 460 Site Analysis and Design (3) 

ARCH 489 Independent Studies in Architectural Preservation (1-4) 

ARCH 629 Graduate Independent Studies in Architectural History (1-4)

ARCH 635 Seminar in the History of Modern Architecture

ARCH 654 Urban Development and Design Theory (3) 

ARCH 674 Seminar in Regionalism (3) 

ARCH 678 Adanced Selected Topics in Architecture (1-6)


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)
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)
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) 


URSP 603 Land Use Planning: Concepts and Techniques (3)

URSP 604 The Planning Process (3)

URSP 605 Planning History and Theory (3)

URSP 606 Microeconomics of Planning Economics (3)

URSP 661 City and Regional Economic Development Planning (3)

URSP 664 Real Estate Development for Planners (3)

URSP 673 Community Development (3)

URSP 688 Special Topics in Urban Studies and Planning (3)
URSP 708 Community Planning Studio (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:


Laura Steeg

Program Assistant




Dennis Pogue

Interim Director


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