How to Apply

Master of Arts in Historic Preservation

We operate under a rolling admissions model. Therefore, please note the upcoming application deadlines below are suggested for optimal processing time.

Semester Application Deadline Semester Start Date
Fall 2020 - Term 1 September 28 October 12
Winter 2021 - Residency Term December 11 January 4
Spring 2021 - Term 1 January 11 January 25
Spring 2021 - Term 2 March 8 March 22

All students have until the first week of the semester/term to enroll in a course. We encourage applicants to complete and submit their application by the deadlines above to ensure a successful enrollment process. Applicants who are applying to participate in residency should apply for the Summer semester or Spring semester.

Admissions Requirements Checklist

Acceptance to the program will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's work experience, essay, recommendation forms, and transcripts. In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must complete the following steps through our graduate admissions portal.

Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204

  • Send a minimum of one letter of recommendation completed by someone who knows you well enough to give an informed opinion of your intellectual ability, capacity for sustained self-directed study, personal qualifications, and professional potential. The recommendation process is completed online through the graduate admission portal.
  • Complete the essay answering program-specific questions. Please review essay requirements below.
  • International students must also follow the international student admissions processes.

Dual-degree applicants should complete the admissions requirements for both programs, such as supplying a digital portfolio and addressing the essay questions for both programs in one essay.

Applicants will know their admissions status within 2-3 business days of submitting a full application.

Accepted students are required to submit an enrollment agreement, along with a nonrefundable $250 enrollment deposit. The deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the upcoming semester. New students will receive their login information to their student accounts along with new-student onboarding information to ensure a successful enrollment.

Essay requirements

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.

  1. What features of Goucher's Historic Preservation program interest you and why?

  2. Describe your professional and academic goals in this field, focusing on what you feel is significant about historic preservation in America today.

  3. Why have you selected low-residency rather than a traditional, on-campus graduate program? One of the benefits of low-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?

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