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Accelerated Master of Historic Preservation Degree

The Accelerated MHP degree is open to applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in historic preservation and 5 years of experience in preservation or a closely-related field, or applicants who hold a graduate degree in a related discipline (e.g. history, architectural history, archaeology, planning, interior design) and 3 years of experience in preservation or a closely-related field. Admission is subject to approval by the MHP Coordinator and execution of an approved program of study agreement tailored to the individual student. The minimum number of credit hours required for the Accelerated MHP is 39, which includes 9 hours of thesis research and writing.

Accelerated Master of Historic Preservation and Master of Environmental Planning and Design

The intent of this degree is to offer students the combination of a MHP and MEPD degree, but in fewer number of years than if the two degrees were taken separately. Students who wish to complete a MEPD degree in addition to the MHP may take advantage of the accelerated MEPD option, with approval of the MEPD Coordinator, a signed and approved program of study is developed for those student who qualify for a “waiver” consideration. For more information click here.

Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Historic Preservation Degree Program

deal degree signpostPolicy and law are critical to the historic preservation field. This program provides both the JD and MHP degrees allowing a student to earn both in just four years, eliminating approximately one year of academic work. In addition to the competitive advantage the program provides, UGA's School of Law was recently named the 'best value in legal education in the United States' by National Jurist. Students must submit separate applications to the Law School and the Graduate School and be accepted by both units to participate in the program. GRE exemption is available for candidates who submit satisfactory scores from the LSAT or have already been admitted to the University of Georgia Law School. For information about applications to the Juris Doctor program contact the Law School Admissions Office (706-542-7060); for historic preservation applications and information, contact Professor James Reap, Director for Graduate Studies in Historic Preservation (706-542-4720). For more information click here

Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)

The Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) is a non-thesis graduate degree available through the School of Law for students interested in developing a general understanding of legal issues that intersect with their academic or professional interests. The degree program gives students the opportunity to create an individualized program of study by selecting courses specific to their interests from the School of Law’s extensive curriculum. For students in the College of Environmental Design, these courses might include studies in areas such as Property law, Land Use and Planning, Natural Resources and Environmental law, or Constitutional law. The M.S.L degree is for those who seek some knowledge of the law but do not aspire, necessarily, to become practicing attorneys. The degree requires the completion of at least 30 semester hours of course work, which can be completed in one year for full-time students, or up to three years for part-time students. To learn more about the program and the application process, please visit click here.

Certificate Programs

Several programs within and outside of the CED offer Graduate Certificates that allow students to develop a specialty, such as Native American Studies, Museum Studies, or Geographic Information Systems, while persuing their degree. Students in the MHP program may use their electives to work towards the certificates listed here. Some programs, such as the Historic Preservation Studies Certificate, offer special tracks for undergraduate students and those who have already completed their master's degree. 

Many certificates require a formal application. Be sure to read full descriptions of the certificates and their requirements by visiting their pages.  


Other Graduate Certificates

For information on all graduate certificates offered by the University of Georgia, please visit the certificate directory on the Graduate School website.


James Reap
101 Denmark Hall
706 542-4706