ALL PROGRAMS | College of Arts & Sciences Programs
historic building

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 42 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall, with consideration for an Assistantship:February 15
  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Heritage Preservation, MHP

The Master of Heritage Preservation (MHP) program offers compelling opportunities to pursue careers relating to the preservation and interpretation of cultural heritage.  Based in the Department of History, the program and its faculty emphasize the theory and practice of protecting and communicating the significance of our tangible and intangible heritage.  Much of the coursework involves collaboration with community partners and cultural organizations to produce practical learning experiences that take place outside the traditional classroom setting.  The MHP program uses Atlanta and the surrounding area as a living laboratory from which our students obtain the skills to become future leaders in the field.

The MHP program attracts students from ages 21 to over 60, all with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, creating an eclectic and energetic academic setting. Our students use their heritage preservation educations to teach, advocate, restore, interpret and plan for the preservation of historic resources and interpretations of history to a public audience.

Program Details

Applicants must complete the online graduate application and submit the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • A Statement of Purpose that describes your educational and career goals as it relates to your course of study.  Normally two or three pages, with special attention to the applicant’s proposed course of study, likely faculty adviser(s), and possible thesis topics.
  • GRE NOT required

Students pursuing a master in heritage preservation degree have the opportunity to specialize in either public history or historic preservation.  Each degree involves completing 42 credit hours within four areas of concentration.

Historic Preservation Areas of Concentration

  • Cultural Resources (12 hours)
  • Buildings and Environment (15 hours)
  • Area of Concentration (9 hours minimum)
  • Applied Studies (6-9 hours)

Public History Areas of Concentration

  • Historical Foundations (15)
  • Professional Concentrations (15 hours)
  • Electives (6 hours)
  • Capstone Courses (6 hours)

The department has a generous assistantship program that provides a monthly stipend and full tuition remission that many of our graduate students are able to take advantage of.  Funding varies by year, so students are encouraged to apply early.  To be considered for a research assistantship, students must apply to the program and submit a letter of interest to the MHP director by February 15.

Click here for additional information about graduate tuition rates.

The MHP Program produces highly sought-after graduates with solid grounding in cultural studies, urban and architectural history who possess the research and writing skills essential to any career in public history or historic preservation. Students may choose to concentrate in either historic preservation or public history.



Students in the program gain valuable internship experience and find jobs in a variety of local, state and national agencies and organizations, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. Our graduates are prepared for professions in fields such as cultural resource planning and management, administration of historical sites, historical societies, commissions and museums, and historical archives and research positions in public and private agencies.

Learn more about our alumni.


Director, Heritage Preservation Program
Chad Keller
[email protected]

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.