Prospective Students

Sean (center) and other MHP students enjoying homecoming week

Sean (center) and other MHP students enjoying homecoming week

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia! I have greatly enjoyed my time in one of the oldest and most prestigious preservation programs in the country, and I hope you consider joining us to further your interest in preservation. We have a faculty with diverse expertise in the preservation field, and we attract students from many different backgrounds. You will feel welcome here, and you will have access to the fantastic educational resources available to our students. Please read more about us on this page, and please contact us if you have any further questions!

-Sean Griffith 
 SHPO President 2016-2017

What can you expect at UGA?

The University of Georgia is the oldest state-chartered university in America (1785). The University’s North Campus, where the College of Environment and Design is located, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This district, along with much of the city of Athens, provides a doorstep laboratory for preservation majors at the University of Georgia — along with numerous sites, districts, and entire communities across the state. It is in the context of dealing with contemporary issues that these areas provide professional training and practical experience to the student in both rural and urban environments.  In addition to the numerous resources being available to MHP students at UGA, in 2017, Kiplinger placed UGA in its list for the Top 10 Best Values for public colleges.

Denmark Hall (c.1901) on North Campus is home to the MHP Program

Denmark Hall (c.1901) on North Campus is home to the MHP Program

In addition to having a MHP program that is highly recognized by the National Trust, UGA and the City of Athens have so much to offer in the way of student life. The Student Historic Preservation Organization (SHPO) is active in volunteering in the community, enjoying local trivia nights, and organizing guest lecture series for students.  Students also enjoy Georgia Football and tailgates in the Founders House and Memorial Garden before the games.  Whether it’s taking a break between classes to visit a downtown coffee shop or get a bite to eat at nationally acclaimed restaurants, attending Graduate Student Happy Hours at local breweries, or making use of common spaces right here in Denmark Hall, students in the MHP program form a tight knit bond that extends beyond the classroom.

Shields Ethridge Farm

MHP students visit a local homestead as part of orientation.

Tuition and Fees

The University of Georgia Bursar‘s webpage has the most up to date information about tuition and fees for the current and past school years.  Be sure to note that the MHP program falls under Specific Graduate Rates and not the Standard Graduate Rate.  In addition to tuition, there are mandatory fees that give students access to the Athens and UGA bus system, the Ramsey Student Center for recreational sports, and more.

How does funding work?

The University of Georgia and the College of Environment and Design offer various scholarships, fellowships, tuition waivers, and assistantships to help MHP students defray the cost of graduate school.  In the second year of the MHP program, students are eligible for scholarships and fellowships from the College of Environment and Design itself. These programs support various combinations of tuition, travel, and individual research. The program coordinator can assign MHP students graduate assistantships based on funding from the CED, the University of Georgia Graduate School, and outside granting agencies. Finally, some students from outside Georgia are eligible for out-of-state tuition waivers, which can be acquired based on state of residence, academic merit, or a change of residency. While every attempt is made to seek funding for graduate students, it is not guaranteed.

Click Here to learn about more funding options
Academic Common Market

If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, you may be eligible to enroll in the MHP program for the same price as a Georgia resident.  The SREB Academic Common Market is an agreement among some states to share uncommon academic programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. To participate in this program, you must be admitted into the MHP Program and obtain certification of residency from your home state’s Common Market coordinator. Use this link for further information.


Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate School awards University-wide assistantships to entering students on the basis of academic merit and other criteria. To be eligible, students must complete their graduate school applications by February 1st and be sponsored by the College. No special application is required; all entering students who meet the criteria are considered. University-wide assistantships require 13 hours of work each week, in addition to an academic load requirement of 12 semester hours. The stipend is available each month for the nine months of the academic year. The College of Environment and Design awards departmental assistantships on the basis of academic achievement and job skills required. These assistantships are open to all students. Courseload and work requirements are the same as for university-wide assistantships, but departmental assistantships are assigned on a semester-by-semester basis.


CEDAA Graduate Fellowship

Established in 1985, the College of Environment and Design’s Alumni Association continues to support a graduate fellowship endowment. This fund provides financial support to incoming graduate students that are new to the CED. Currently, one funding award is provided annually to each of the three graduate programs. Selection is made in the late summer/early fall, and determination of the award is made jointly by the Dean and the respective graduate program coordinators. Students who receive the award are expected to remit thank-you letters to the President of the College’s Alumni Association and attend Alumni Weekend activities each spring

To view more options for both CED and external funding click here.

Interested in applying?

The Master of Historic Preservation program admits only 18 students each year. While applications are received at any time, those applications completed by February 1st will be guaranteed the opportunity to compete for assistantships. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree. Students from all undergraduate disciplines are encouraged to discuss their potential for success in the MHP program with the program director. A visit and an interview is strongly recommended so that applicants may meet the director, the faculty, and other students.  To make arrangements, please email Donna Gabriel at or call 706-542-4720.  If you need a place to stay in Athens, accommodations at the Georgia Center on campus are available at a discount for prospective grad students.

MHP Class of 2018

The members of the Class of 2018 have backgrounds in a variety of fields and come from across the country and around the world.

What is needed to apply?

  • Graduate school application and fee (International students click here.)
  • UNOFFICIAL academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be included in your online application. Official transcripts will be required for those admitted to UGA. More information.
  • Three reference letters As part of the online application, you will need to furnish accurate email address information for individuals to provide three letters of recommendation.  The link for the form will be electronically sent to your recommender while completing the online application.
  • GRE scores are required for the majority of applicants, including those coming directly from an undergraduate degree.  However, there are exceptions for those who have relevant work experience or graduate course work.
  • Letter of intent that outlines the reasons for the student’s interest in the program, the relevance of previous degrees and experience, and the applicant’s goals and ambitions.
Do you think you might qualify for a GRE Exemption?

The College of Environment and Design has proposed that the Master of Historic Preservation Program be allowed to request a GRE exemption if an applicant falls into certain categories.

Click here to find out more about GRE exemptions

The MHP program is allowed to request a GRE exemption if an applicant falls into one of the following categories.

  1. Candidates who hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline and who graduated with a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their related field.  Candidates in this category must have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience and clearly demonstrate in their statement of purpose that they possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive to successfully complete the program.
  2. Candidates who present an official transcript of previous graduate work from an accredited institution reflecting either of the following criteria:
    1. A minimum of nine credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average; or
    2. A previously completed graduate degree

If GRE exemption is granted, greater emphasis will be placed on the other components of the application packet in assessing the qualification of the applicant.  A candidate’s intellectual capabilities will be evaluated using academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, portfolio work experience, and on campus interviews.  Similarly, the candidate’s potential for contributing to the learning experience of the group as a whole can be judged from their work history, professional responsibilities, professional memberships, and other elements of the application.

Under no conditions will a GRE exemption be granted to any candidate who does not hold a degree from an accredited institution.  All GRE exemption requests will be submitted to the Graduate School by the Graduate Coordinator of the Historic Preservation program.  Applicants who request but are denied an exemption must take the GRE prior to admission to the Graduate School.  Prospective applicants will not be granted provisional admission pending either a satisfactory GRE score or a change in the exemption decision.

Do you think you might qualify for an application fee waiver?

Some applicants to the Graduate School at the University of Georgia such as veterans and applicants from feeder schools qualify for an application fee waiver.  For more information, click here.

Are you an International Student?

In addition to the requirements for domestic applicants above, International students are required to submit TOEFL scores or IETLS.  

Click here to find out more about visa qualification

To qualify for a visa to study in the United States, you must provide the United States consulate or embassy with substantial proof of adequate funding for the entire course of your study in the U.S. According to U.S. government regulations, the University may not issue the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 without having proof of funds sufficient for the first year of study.  Must be in U.S. Dollars.

Please obtain an official letter from the bank or financial institution in which you and/or your sponsor have available funds. This letter should be written on official letterhead stationery, in English, and signed by a bank or agency official.

Bank letters dated more than 3 months before the date of submission to the University of Georgia will not be accepted. UGA also requires a Certificate of Financial Support form to be completed.

If you have further questions about the requirement, you will need to contact the Graduate Admissions Office at

Ready to Apply? Click here

Apply by February 1st to be considered for an assitantship

Apply by February 1st to be considered for an assistantship

If you are admitted, test scores and official transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at the following address:

Graduate School Admissions Office
The Graduate School Building
210 South Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602

A letter of acceptance from the graduate school does not guarantee your place in the MHP program. The applicant must indicate acceptance of the admission offer in writing.


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