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  • Type: Public
  • Degree(s): Both


Maryland Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) offers a unique combination of world-class resources, interdisciplinary opportunities and intimate learning environments, all situated in easy reach of Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis.

The School has evolved into an academic center that is inclusive of the design, social, cultural and environmental aspects of human settlements. In 2005, New Urban News noted in a national survey of architecture programs that the University of Maryland offers the only architecture program in the nation to include professional Masters programs and related PhD-level studies in planning, preservation and real estate development within the same school.

Core Focus

Ph.D and Masters program in Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Master of Architecture
Master of Historic Preservation
Master of Community Planning
Master of Real Estate Development
Joint professional degrees and certificates

Program Highlights

The small and completive Ph.D. program gives an opportunity for students to bridge many disciplines in real estate. The Architecture Program envisions a community of students, scholars, and practitioners committed to life-long critical thinking focused on the built and natural environments. The mission of the Urban Studies and Planning (URSP) Program is to bring together an active community of scholars and students to confront, with creativity and thoroughness, the issues facing metropolitan areas in the United States and around the world. A Master of Historic Preservation degree (M.H.P.) responds to the complex needs of the historic preservation profession. It combines a broad reach of advanced individual and collaborative course work with research and practical experience gained through a summer internship. The Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development and the Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development is a unique program that combines academics, practice, professors and practitioners in a joint effort to start careers in real estate development. The program embraces a comprehensive approach to real estate education—addressing all facets of the industry from planning to property management, while not forgetting finance, design and construction in between. The school also offers a four-year pre-professional undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in architecture.


*This information is based on the school's 2017/2018 program and may not reflect changes, updates or deletions to the programs.