Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Application

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed application and a nonrefundable $75 application fee made payable to Goucher College. 
  • Write an essay of not less than 1,000 words discussing all three topics below. This essay is extremely important as it demonstrates your ability to clearly and concisely commit your ideas in writing. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself.
    • What features of Goucher's Historic Preservation program interest you and why?
    • Describe your professional and academic goals in this field, focusing on what you feel is significant about historic preservation in America today.
    • Why have you selected limited-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program? One of the benefits of limited residency is that it allows you to collaborate with organizations in your community. What are some of the resources in your community that you would like to draw upon during your graduate career?
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly by the college(s) or university(s) to the address below or by including official transcripts in the institution's sealed envelope with your application.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people who know you well enough to give an informed opinion of your intellectual ability, capacity for sustained self-directed study and personal qualifications. The recommendation process is completed online through the application portal but paper forms are available upon request. 

Should you prefer to complete the application via paper, you can find that form here.

All application materials should be forwarded to:

Master of Arts in Historic Preservation
Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794

Acceptance to the program will be based on evaluation of applicant's work experience, paid or volunteer; essay; letters of recommendation; and college or university transcripts. GRE scores are optional. The essay is most important, as it demonstrates the applicant's ability to undertake self-directed graduate study.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on March 9, 2015. Accepted students are required to submit the enrollment agreement along with a non-refundable $500 deposit, by April 3, 2015. This deposit will be credited towards tuition charges for the following semester. If you are unable to download the application, you may request one in writing at the address listed above, or you may call 800-697-4646.

Financial Aid

To help defray the cost of the program, you may apply for a Federal Direct Stafford or Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.  Eligibility for the Federal Direct Loans is based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students receiving Federal Loans are required to take a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester.  To determine eligibility for these loans, please complete the FAFSA at  Some applicants will be required to submit additional information.  We encourage all students to use the Financial Aid Student Tracking System (FASTS) to learn the status of your financial aid file.  For more information click here.  

Students should also check with their employers regarding possible financial assistance.

Please note that the cost of on-campus residency room and board is not covered by financial aid and that international students are not eligible for financial aid.  The fall semester begins on the first day of the on-campus residency and continues through the end of the off-campus portion.

A limited number of scholarships are available.  A FAFSA must be completed as part of the eligibility requirements. 

Goucher College is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 135.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.