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.
Ann Horowitz (MAHP 2013), preservation planner for the City of Alexandria, VA, has been invited to give a presentation on the effects of sea level rise on historic resources at the 40th annual California Preservation Conference in San Diego next month. She will be joined by Lisa Craig, Preservation Planner, City of Annapolis, MD. The city has been working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on developing protocols for protecting historic properties from rising sea levels. Ann's master's thesis focused on the effects of sea level rise on historic resources on the East and Gulf Coasts.
Kate Egan (MAHP 2006) is now Company Manger for The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible, currently touring North America. Kate's master's thesis focused on continuity and change in historic areas as illustrated by Forrest Park, St. Louis.
Shelley Stokes-Hammond (MAHP 2011) article "Opening Doors to 'Ludlow's Colorfield' in Shaker Heights, Ohio" appeared in the November-December 2014 issues of The Alliance Review, the Journal of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.
Julie Fry (MAHP Student) has accepted a new position as president and CEO of Cal Humanities, the California statewide humanities council. Julie was formerly Program Officer for the Performing Arts Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, California, where she was in charge of a portfolio of more than 125 nonprofit arts organizations, including a cluster of grantees focused on arts education policy and advocacy at the federal, state, county, and local levels.