Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Heritage Preservation, M.H.P.

Chad Keller, Director, Heritage Preservation Program, ckeller@gsu.edu

The Master of Heritage Preservation (M.H.P.) degree program is designed to train professionals in the fields of cultural resource management and public history. The program seeks first to acquaint students with the broad range of disciplines that constitute the field of heritage preservation. Second, it seeks to develop skills in administration, research, analysis, field survey interpretation, and historic site management that will be necessary in professional practice. Third, it provides practical experience in heritage conservation and public history through classroom practica, team and individual research projects, and internships in the field.

The Program in Heritage Preservation offers a degree in which the student can choose to concentrate in either historic preservation or public history.

The program seeks to provide trained personnel for careers in (1) cultural resource planning and management on the local, state, and federal levels; (2) administration of historical sites, historical societies and commissions, and museums; and (3) historical research positions in public and private agencies.

The program consists of a series of overview courses in the field including archeology, public history, folklore, architectural history, and preservation planning that are complemented by specialized courses in preservation history, administration and law. Students can choose a specialty area for more coursework, such as archeology, planning, architectural history, public history, or historical research. Finally, students engage in research projects through an interdisciplinary research seminar and an internship with an agency or organization that specializes in historic preservation or public history.

Students in the Master of Heritage Preservation program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to receive a degree.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Program in Heritage Preservation by contacting the Director at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Heritage Preservation has the following requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work.
  • A statement of educational and career goals.