Historic Preservation Degrees
The Historic Preservation program prepares students for broad-based careers in the conservation and management of historic resources in both the built and natural environments. The two-year Master of Historic Preservation degree attracts students from diverse backgrounds and is structured to develop versatile, competent, and highly motivated professionals who can perceive preservation opportunities in the broadest sense and who can develop strategies ensuring the protection and use of cultural resources as a part of the fabric of urban and rural environments. An accelerated MHP degree, a joint Juris Doctor and MHP, and a Historic Preservation certificate are also available.
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The two-year Master of Historic Preservation program consists of 57 to 60 semester hours of required instruction, including core courses, elective hours, and thesis courses (worth 9 hours of course credit). With some exceptions, each course usually offers three semester hours of credit.
The Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) program admits approximately15-20 students each year. Students from all undergraduate disciplines are encouraged to apply. The program has admitted students with backgrounds ranging from history and anthropology to nursing and theater.
All MHP applicants are required to submit the materials listed below.
To UGA Graduate School:
- Graduate School online application and processing fee
- Academic transcripts
- Three reference letters
- GRE scores
- TOEFL or IETLS scores (international students)
To Master of Historic Preservation Program:
- 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.
Visiting the College of Environment and Design along with an interview is strongly recommended so that applicants may meet the faculty and students.
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The University of Georgia and the College of Environment & Design offer various scholarships, fellowships, tuition waivers, and assistantships to help MHP students defray the cost of graduate school.
Historic Preservation in Georgia
As the site of 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.
Preservation Successes in Athens
Athens, GA is a city that is known for its history and its historic buildings, and the students and faculty of the University of Georgia's Master of Historic Preservation program play a pivotal role in documenting and preserving this history. All of the MHP faculty are directly involved in local preservation efforts—from serving on the Board of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (ACHF) to spearheading movements to preserve and restore historic buildings like the Franklin House and the T.R.R. Cobb House—and students have the opportunity to participate in public outreach through such service projects as creating Historic Structure Reports for the Building Materials Conservation class and GIS mapping and survey projects for current and potential historic neighborhoods.