M.A. in Historic Preservation

The Goucher M.A. in Historic Preservation program is designed specifically for individuals who want or need to keep working while earning a master's degree. We provide a broad foundation of knowledge in architectural history and the building environment, preservation law and policy, documentation, economics, planning, and technology.

We delve deeply into the relationships between people and places, the role of places in advancing social justice and creating livable communities, and the future of the field. The program helps students build valuable connections between people and places, theory and practice, and each other. Our M.A. in Historic Preservation (M.A.H.P) offers engaged faculty, scholarships, and lasting relationships. If you have any questions, please contact the M.A.H.P. program director, Melanie Lytle, at melanie.lytle@goucher.edu.


M.A.H.P.Program Basics

Complete in 2.5-3 Years

Onlinewith 9-day Residency

89% of alumsworking in related career

Flexible curriculum & pace

We help you design a coursework plan that meets your career goals and fits the pace of your busy life.

Professional practitioner faculty

Our faculty are experts in what they teach, offering you a realistic perspective of what preservation work is like, as well as career advice and connections.

Relevant & innovative curriculum

We engage students in important conversations about the role historic preservationists play in justice and agency and immerse you in the theories and practices that are changing our field.

Leader in low-residency learning

We are specialists in blended online and in-person learning. Founded in 1995 as the nation’s first preservation program of its kind, we have more than a quarter century of experience producing thoughtful, knowledgeable, and well-connected leaders in this format.

Why Choose Goucher? 

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    WATCH NOW: "There's fairly specialized technical knowledge that I've been learning in the master's program that I can apply to my job." -Jackson Gilman-Forlini '12, '18 | M.A. in Historic Preservation

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    WATCH NOW: "I saw this as a fantastic opportunity to be able to achieve a graduate school degree and still be able to maintain my life as I knew it." -Lawana Holland-Moore '16 | M.A. in Historic Preservation

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    WATCH NOW: "I have a lot of fellow students who are working in the field that I can call upon for advice when we're dealing with something." -Shanon Miller '05 | M.A. in Historic Preservation


Goucher Grad in Nepal

Goucher College offers an optional study abroad experience to graduate students in the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability & Management (M.A.E.S.) program, the M.A. in Cultural Sustainability (M.A.C.S.) program, and the M.A. in Historic Preservation (M.A.H.P.) program.  Earn college credit while spending 2-weeks in Nepal exploring the rich biodiversity, majestic Himalaya, unique culture, transformative heritage sites, and adaptations to a changing environment.

learn more about this intensive study abroad course