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Heritage Preservation at Georgia State University

The Georgia State University Master of Heritage Preservation Program offers compelling opportunities to pursue careers relating to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the physical past.

The MHP Program, based in Georgia State University's History Department, produces graduates with a solid grounding in urban and architectural history as well as the research and writing skills essential to any career in public history and historic preservation.

Students of 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 the local and state level, 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 sector. 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 program attracts students from age 21 to 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 of historic resources.

Graduates of the MHP Program:

  • Write nominations for the National Register of Historic Places
  • Conduct cultural resource surveys for governmental agencies
  • Serve as historian for cultural resource stewardship offices
  • Become a program director for a city's preservation center
  • Coordinate the preservation of an historic cemetery
  • Work as a preservation planner for a city's urban design commission
  • Direct a city's design preservation league
  • Lobby for the protection of historic resources
  • Consult for engineering, environmental, or other cultural resource companies
  • Deliver lectures on preservation
  • Teach preservation courses for a college or university
  • Appraise architecture of historic homes
  • Work for an environmental review or architectural review department within the State Historic Preservation Division
  • Head an historic preservation consulting practice
  • Manage an historical archive
  • Curate a museum
  • Design museum exhibits
  • Conduct museum education programming

Contact Information

Heritage Preservation Program

Mr. Richard Laub is the Director of the MHP program and welcomes inquiries about the program, admissions requirements, and other information helpful to prospective students. You may contact him by emailing

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