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Community Planning and Historic Preservation (CPHP)   

Program Title and Classification

Community Planning and Historic Preservation

Graduate Degree Program

College: Architecture


The dual degree combines course work from the Historic Preservation and Urban Studies and Planning programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Historic Preservation and Master of Community Planning degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately.

Students of the dual-degree program are ideally prepared to practice at the intersection of planning and preservation, disciplines that have long had close ties. For example, the Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland's State Historic Preservation Office is housed with the state's planning department. Similarly, preservation is imbedded in the planning offices in Baltimore City, and county's such as Prince Georges and Montgomery. Graduates of this program are prepared to practice in either discipline (a strength in times of economic recession) and, more importantly, are able to bring their special knowledge and understanding to preservation planning issues in community's acrossthe state and nation.    

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
  • Writing Sample: A 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 historic preservation or community planning, 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.

The administrative code for the dual degree of Master of Community Planning and Master of Historic Preservation is "CPHP." Applicants must be admitted by both programs to pursue this dual degree but only one application is required.

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
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Community Planning and Master of Historic Preservation (dual degree) (M.C.P. and M.H.P.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 60 credits required

HISP 600: Introductory Seminar in Historic Preservation: Theory, History and Practice (3 credits)

HISP 611: Historical Research Methods (3 credits)

HISP 630: Preservation Policy and Planning (3 credits)

HISP 640: Historic Preservation Law, Advocacy and Public Policy (3 credits)

HISP 670: Conservation of Historic Places: Historic Materials, Building Systems, and Conservation (3 credits)

HISP 680: Preservation Economics (3 credits)

HISP 710: Final Project in Historic Preservation I (1 credit)

HISP 711: Final Project in Historic Preservation II (2 credits)

URSP 600: Research Design and Application (3 credits)

URSP 601: Research Methods (3 credits)

URSP 603: Land Use Planning: Concepts and Techniques (3 credits)

URSP 604: The Planning Process (3 credits)

URSP 605: Planning History and Theory (3 credits)

URSP 606: Planning Economics (3 credits)

URSP 688Z: Planning and Design in the Multicultural Metropolis (3 credits) or URSP 673: Social Planning (3 credits)

HISP 650: Historic Preservation Studio Workshop (6 credits) or URSP 708: Community Planning Studio (6 credits)

HISP 660: Internship in Historic Preservation (3 credits) or URSP 709: Field Instruction (3 credits)

Electives (9 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is ideally located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore and surrounded by a number of historic communities and a varied physical environment. The resulting opportunity for community planning and historic preservation is unsurpassed.

The School’s library contains some 57,000 monographs and 6,000 current periodicals, making it one of the major architectural libraries in the nation. The National Trust Library for Historic Preservation, housed in McKeldin Library, contains 11,000 volumes and 450 periodical titles. The Colvin Institute holds the entire library offerings of the Urban Land Institute and access to all the case studies published by ULI. TThe interdisciplinary National Center for Smart Growth Education and Research is based in the School offering perspectives and opportunities to engage important issues facing urban and regional planning as well as historic preservation.

Financial Assistance

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a limited and varying number of teaching and research assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Applicants should apply for financial assistance when submitting the application for admission.

Scholarship determinations are made at the time of application and admission. Scholarships are generally awarded on a per course basis and commitments are made at the time of admission and apply to the entire program, subject to academic performance. Periodically there are named scholarships provided by various organizations or companies.

In addition, there are work opportunities both on, and off campus, and they are relatively plentiful. However, students in the dual degree program may find it difficult to complete their degree requirements timely if they are working off campus, or more than 10 hours per week.

Applicants should inquire as to the availability of funding for the term they are starting.

Contact Statement

Find additional information on program offerings, degree requirements, admissions, and financial aid on the School’s Web site (

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For further information about the Community Planning Program, please contact Dr. Casey Dawkins, Community Planning Program Director,, 301-405-2158.

For further information about the Historic Preservation Program, please contact Dr. Donald Linebaugh, Historic Preservation Program Director,, 301-405-6309.


Associated Information


Architecture (ARCH)

Real Estate Development (MPRE)