About the Program
The breadth of historic preservation is reflected in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program at Goucher College. Founded in 1995 as the nation's first limited-residency graduate program in the field, our students have included long-time preservationists who wish to add to their knowledge, professionals in related fields who seek to specialize in historic preservation, as well as those who wish to change careers. Specifically designed for students who cannot, for family or professional reasons, attend traditional on-campus programs, courses are conducted electronically and by telecommunication during traditional fall and spring semesters. On-campus residency requirements are limited to two-week summer sessions.
The program consists of required and elective courses including a thesis. During the first summer residency, students develop an individual course of study tailored to their interests. To accommodate work-related and family obligations, students may elect to complete the program in as few as three years or as many as five.
The faculty for the program is drawn from the nation's leading historic preservation practitioners and academics. Serving as tutors and mentors rather than traditional lecturers, the faculty meets with students during the on-campus summer residencies as well as maintains close contact throughout the off-campus semesters. They provide students with a depth of experience, as well as academic rigor.
The MA in Historic Preservation is leading a consortium of sponsors and co-sponsors for the 7th National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice, to be held at Goucher in March 2016.
Recent Accomplishments: Student Laura Kim accepting the role as Chief of Cultural Resources, Channel Islands National Park, CA and faculty member William Bushong publishing an article in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Leadership Forum. Click to learn more about all program accolades and events.
Lawana Holland-Moore (MAHP Student) received a Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The scholarship provides financial assistance and experiential learning opportunities to individuals preparing for careers in historic preservation. Its purpose is to increase the diversity of people pursuing degrees and careers in historic preservation in the United States. As part of the scholarship, Lawana presented a paper at the Trust's annual meeting in Savannah on underrepresented communities in preservation. She also recently posted "Preservation Perceptions and Moving Forward" on the Trust's Forum blog.
Jen Sparenberg (MAHP Student) recently posted "Smith Island Looks to Its Future" on the Maryland Historical Trust blog. Jen is the Trust's Hazard Mitigation Program Officer focusing on historic resources in Maryland endangered by climate change and other hazards.