The Master of Heritage Preservation (MHP) Program, based in the Georgia State University Department of History, offers compelling opportunities to pursue careers relating to preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the physical past. The MHP Program produces highly sought-after graduates with solid grounding in 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, and graduate prepared for professions in fields such as cultural resource planning and management on the local, state, and federal levels; administration of historical sites, historical societies, commissions, and museums; and historical archives and research positions in public and private agencies.
Students in the program benefit from the location of Georgia State University in the heart of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and a regional center. Faculty members are current leaders in historic preservation at local and state levels, bringing valuable experience to the classroom. Students gain internship experience and often find full-time jobs 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 Georgia State University 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.