The Master of Heritage Preservation (MHP) Program, based in the Georgia State University Department of History, offers compelling opportunities to pursue careers relating to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of cultural resources. Students concentrate in either historic preservation or public history, and graduate prepared for professions in fields such as cultural resource planning and management at the local, state, and federal levels; administration of historic sites, historical societies, commissions, and museums; and historical archives and research positions in public and private agencies.

The MHP degree is a two-year program consisting of 42 credit hours. The Historic Preservation Track focuses on the built environment, architecture, landscapes, and the preservation of historic sites. The Public History Track focuses on the interpretation of history to a public audience through exhibits, online resources, oral histories, archives, and museum studies. In addition to the master’s degree, the MHP program offers a heritage preservation certificate consisting of 18 credit hours with a concentration in either public history or historic preservation.

Students benefit from Georgia State University’s location in the heart of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and a regional center. Faculty members are current leaders in historic preservation and public history bringing significant knowledge and practice to the classroom. Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) and internships provide valuable professional experience that prepares students for full-time employment after graduation in a variety of local, state, and national agencies and organizations, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. Through cross registration, students in the MHP Program have access to the courses and resources of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and the Atlanta University Center.

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 education to teach, advocate, restore, interpret, and plan for the preservation and interpretation of historic resources to a public audience.