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Application Process

As a program within the History Department, the Heritage Preservation program welcomes applications from college seniors and recent college graduates, from international students, and from mature or returning students, including educators, individuals making career changes, and retirees.

Applicants must apply online; click for complete information about the Admissions process.

When to Apply

Applicants for the MHP program are encouraged to apply as early as possible although the department adheres to the college application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) with annual stipends are available for award to M.A. students. GRAs normally involve working with a faculty member as his or her research assistant for ten hours a week during the academic year. GRA application forms may be obtained from the:

Department of History
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4117
Atlanta GA 30302-4117

Applications for a Graduate Research Assistantship should be submitted by March 1.
Decisions are generally made in mid-June.

Where to Apply

All application materials (except the online application form) and fees must be sent to the

Office of Graduate Study
College of Arts and Sciences
Georgia State University
Atlanta GA 30303-3088

Admission Criteria

In addition to completing and returning all GSU application forms and paying the required application fee, applicants for admission to the MHP program must provide the following items:

  1. Official transcripts of all college and graduate-school work.
  2. Satisfactory scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who taught the applicant or from other professionals who can attest to the applicant's ability to perform graduate level work.
  4. A statement of purpose, normally two or three pages, with special attention to the applicant's proposed course of study, likely faculty advisor(s), and possible thesis topics.

For More Information

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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