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.
Connect with the MAHP program
Richard Wagner, M.A. in Historic Preservation Director was asked to meet with the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) to discuss how to structure a non-profit corporation to undertake the restoration and redevelopment of two historic buildings at the Crownsville Hospital Center, Maryland's state psychiatric hospital for African Americans that operated from 1911 to 2004. MCAAHC was established by the state legislature in 2010 to serve as a clearinghouse for preserving and documenting African American history and culture in Maryland. Shelley Stokes-Hammond '01 is a member of the Commission.
Michael Kassman '11 established the Historic Preservation Certificate Program for the International Masonry Institute, an alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsworkers, and masonry contractors to provide education, training research and technical to its members. The Certificate Program instructs all masons and supervisors working on historic masonry buildings in proper techniques, materials and tools to use on historic masonry.