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Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
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. 


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Anthropology Core Courses
  • Applied Anthropology Internship Sequence
  • Applied Anthropology Supporting Coursework
  • Historic Preservation Courses

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    66 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

Applicants for the dual degree in Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation should use the following four-letter code on the online application: AAHP

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1404 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1404 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    651 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 651 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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