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Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation (AAHP)   

Program Title and Classification

Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences / Architecture


The University of Maryland’s Dual degree Master’s Program in Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation is a holistic, comprehensive primer for a professional career in the research, understanding and preservation of cultural resources and heritage. The first of its kind in the United States, the new degree prepares students for the challenges—and increasing demand—of understanding, documenting and saving a wide range buildings, landscapes, sites and communities.

Why a Dual Degree?

Despite many overlapping themes, applied anthropology and historic preservation are very specific in their scope. Yet, as issues related to global heritage grow more complex, there is an increased demand for professionals who can transcend the multiple aspects of preservation and heritage. The new degree program positions students interested in pursuing a career in cultural heritage with a unique and competitive advantage; a comprehensive insight into both tangible heritage, such as architecture, artifacts and natural forms; and the intangible resources of society and culture. The experiential foundation offered by the two programs—including regional and international field studies, excavations and the use of LiDAR technology—offers the practical knowledge needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive and changing global market.

The Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation dual degree takes full advantage of the diverse coursework offered at the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Department of Anthropology, bringing together expertise in archaeology, vernacular architecture, ethnography, cultural resource management, heritage studies and social/cultural anthropology. The establishment of the dual degree forwards the University’s mission of continued educational development that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, and addresses its commitment to reducing student debt through more affordable degree options.


Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose: In addition to the stated requirements, students should discuss specific interest in pursuing a concurrent dual degree within two programs.
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Writing Sample of at least 10-30 pages. This can be previous individual academic or professional work. It does not necessarily have to be related to architecture and historic preservation, however a related topic is preferred. The writing sample should demonstrate the ability to analyze a problem/question and clearly communicate your findings. Upload to the Writing Sample of the Uploads Requirements section of the online application.
  • Must be admitted by both programs to pursue dual degree.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
5 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
5 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at or

Degree Requirements

Master of Applied Anthropology and Master of Historic Preservation (dual degree) (M.A.A. and M.H.P.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only (internship required): 66 credits

Applied Anthropology Core Courses: 21 credits

Applied Anthropology Internship Sequence: 12 credits

Applied Anthropology Supporting Coursework: 3 credits

Historic Preservation Courses: 30 credits



Financial Assistance

The principal form of financial aid for students in this program consists of graduate assistantships related to research and outreach activities. Assistantships are offered by both Anthropology adn Historic Preservation, and consist of tuition remission as well as a stipend. In addition, the HISP Program awards--in conjunction with local non-profit Prince George’s Heritage--the Prince George’s Heritage Preservation Fellowship, an annual competitive award for a HISP student or students whose Prince George’s County related project is judged to be especially outstanding. Additionally, there are possibilities for paid internships and paid part-time work with a variety of national and local organizations and governmental agencies.

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Dr. Donald Linebaugh

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-6309


Nadine Dangerfield

Woods Hall - Anthropology Department

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4737


Ruth Davis-Rogers

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405- 0753


Associated Information


Historic Preservation (HISP)