The Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program equips the self-motivated graduate student with a strong understanding of the theory and practice of historic preservation through rigorous application of critical thinking and mentoring by outstanding practitioners and academicians in the field.
Though you will have five years to complete all the degree requirements, most students will do it in three years. Each year you have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day residency at Goucher where you will work intensively with faculty and peers and learn from site visits and guest speakers. Residency offers an opportunity to complete selected courses and to participate in introductory sessions for courses that are completed online. Here is a sample program timeline and an average time frame for completing the program. The number of credits you take each semester will determine how long it will take to complete the program.
- Year 1: Summer Semester and Residency // Fall Semester // Spring Semester
For example: Residency - HP 630 Perspectives in Preservation Seminar 1; Fall - HP 601 Introduction Pt. I. Fundamental Concepts of Heritage and HP 614 American Architecture and Building; Spring - HP 602 Introduction Pt II. Policy and Practice in American Historic Preservation and HP 631 Historic Property Documentation
- Year 2: Summer Semester and Residency // Fall Semester // Spring Semester
For example: Summer/Residency - Elective and HP 630 Perspectives in Preservation Seminar 2; Fall - two Electives; Spring - HP 633 Cultural Landscape Theory and an Elective
- Year 3: Summer Semester and Residency // Fall Semester // Spring Semester
For example: Summer/Residency - Elective and HP 637 Research Seminar; Fall - HP 638 Thesis Proposal and Elective, if needed; Spring - HP 641 Thesis
SEMESTER START DATES
- Summer 2021: June 1
- Summer Residency: July 6
- Fall 2021: August 26
- Spring 2022: January 31
For specific dates, please download our academic calendar.