Historic Preservation (HISP)

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Based in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Historic Preservation Program is a collaboration of faculty from across the University--from the departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, History, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development, and Urban Studies and Planning, as well as the National Trust Library. Our shared goal is educating professionals for work in a wide range of preservation organizations. Research on historic preservation issues is also a focus of the Program, pursued through faculty and student projects, in partnership with preservation organizations and University partners.

The Historic Preservation Program offers a Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) degree, a graduate Certificate, and several dual degrees (with Architecture, Planning, and Real Estate Development). The MHP is designed as a full-time, two-year curriculum leading to a professional degree. The 45-credit MHP curriculum includes core courses, an internship, an interdisciplinary studio course, a final project, and a large selection of electives to stimulate each student's particular interests. Students will be admitted to the program with a variety of backgrounds but with a demonstrated prior interest in the preservation field. (In some exceptional cases, students may be admitted to the program on a part-time basis.)

Admissions Information

The application process consists of the following:

First, fill out the on-line application for the University of Maryland Graduate School. The administrative code for the Historic Preservation program is "HISP."

Second, submit all transcripts, three professional letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, resume, official GRE test scores, and portfolio as part of the application.

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. There is no restriction on the applicants' previous field of study, and indeed we encourage diversity in all senses.

Application Deadlines
Type of Applicant Fall Spring

Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Deadline: January 1

International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas, as well as those seeking admissions under A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.

Deadline: December 15

Application Requirements

  1. Complete Application Form (On-line version - www.gradschool.umd.edu)
  2. Transcripts
  3. Standardized test scores: Applicants with undergraduate degree awarded less than 5 years from the date of application, must submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality of the applicant's potential to succeed in the graduate program.
  5. Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests: 1000-2000 word statement of goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study in architecture at the University of Maryland.
  6. Resume
  7. Writing sample (this can be previous academic work or professional work; it does not necessarily have to be related to historic preservation; it must be individual work). In addition, applicants may submit samples of graphic work. Please submit copies, as this material is not returnable.

Degree Requirements

Dual Degree Program in Architecture and Historic Preservation (ARHP)
The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Historic Preservation programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Historic Preservation degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately.

Dual Degree Program in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development (HPDV)
This is a dual degree program in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development with course requirements overlapping such that a student can qualify for both degrees with some careful planning and an extra semester of coursework. It is recommended that applicants consult with the program directors of both HISP and RDEV before proceeding with the application. Differential tuition rates are likely to be instituted at some point after which all courses taken will be subject to the adjusted rate. The dual degree does allow for students to obtain both degrees with fewer credits than would be required taking the two degrees independently.

Master of Historic Preservation (M.H.P.)
The Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) requires completion of 45 credits. Required courses cover history and theory of preservation, preservation law, historical research methods,documentation, conservation, preservation economics, preservation planning & policy, group studio/workshop, internship, and independent final project. Elective courses may be taken from all contributing HISP units, and other departments with prior approval from the HISP Director. A description of the full MHP curriculum is available on the program web site at http://arch.umd.edu/hisp/historic-preservation.

Facilities and Special Resources

The University of Maryland's Historic Preservation Program is privileged to be part of a dynamic, successful preservation community that has long thrived throughout the state and in the District of Columbia. Opportunities to study and work abound in the incredibly diverse cities, towns, and landscapes across Maryland. In addition, the Program enjoys close relationships with many state, local, national, international and federal-government organizations working in historic preservation, as well as non-profit groups and private firms.

The HISP program is directly related to and substantially enhanced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library, housed on the College Park campus since 1986 [http://www.lib.umd.edu/NTL/ntl.html]. This Library is one of the leading scholarly resources for preservation in the country. The program is further strengthened by close working relationships with the Maryland Historical Trust, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Historic Annapolis, Inc., Preservation Maryland, Prince George's Heritage, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and others. Practical experience can be gained through a variety of internship opportunities with these organizations and many others.

Financial Assistance

HISP's principal form of financial aid consists of graduate assistantships related to research and outreach activities. The assistantships consist of tuition remission as well as a stipend. In addition, the Program awards--in conjunction with local non-profit Prince George's Heritage--the Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship, an annual competitive award for a HISP student or students whose Prince George's County related project is judged to be especially outstanding. Additionally, there are possibilities for paid internships and paid part-time work with a variety of national and local organizations and governmental agencies.

Contact Information

Contact the program at the following address:

HISP Graduate Admissions
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Or at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation web site: http://www.arch.umd.edu

Dr. Donald Linebaugh, Ph.D., Director
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland
College Park
MD  20742
Telephone: (301) 405-6309
Fax: (301) 314-9583



Related Programs and Campus Units

Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Real Estate Development
Landscape Architecture
Architecture and Real Estate Development

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