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  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

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​The School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA) at the University of Delaware offers a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation that introduces students to the current state of best practices in historic preservation and their theoretic underpinnings; explains the historic preservation planning process from projecting development of preservation policies and treatment approaches; and provides basic skills and methodologies needed for the profession (including measured drawing, architectural photography, and archival research).

The Certificate can be pursued by practicing professionals or other non-UD students by taking the courses individually through Professional and Continuing Studies.

Students interested in Historic Preservation may also choose to apply to the M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy program and study historic preservation as their specialty area. Undergraduate students may also obtain the Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation concurrent with their major degree program. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Chandra L. Reedy for further details and advising related to Historic Preservation coursework. 

Preparing preservation scholars and practitioners
Historic preservation graduate students work in the field to document a historic structure.

The courses available in Historic Preservation prepare professionals for the successful practice of historic preservation in public, private and non-profit venues. 

Students learn the theory and practice of historic preservation and develop skills in analysis and documentation of historic resources, practice of preservation planning, contextual research design, and advocacy.

The courses are designed to meet the needs of both traditional graduate students and working professionals, providing graduates with the skills and knowledge to work with a wide variety of populations and in diverse settings.


​The Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation requires 12 credit hours.

Two 3-credit courses are required:

  • UAPP629 Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
  • UAPP654, Vernacular Architecture
​UAPP629​Historic Preservation Theory and Practice
​UAPP654​Vernacular Architecture


The remaining 6 credits can be chosen from the following courses:

​UAPP613​Planning Theory and Urban Policy
UAPP631Documentation of Historic Structures​
UAPP636​Research Topics in Historic Preservation
​UAPP644​Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing
​UAPP652​Geographic Information Systems in Public Policy
​UAPP605​Historic Properties
​ARTH631​Studies in American Architecture of the Colonial and Federal Periods
​ANTH663​Historic Archeology and the Public
​EAMC604​American Interiors 1800-1900
​EAMC606​Issues in American Material Culture
​EAMC607​English Design History 1530-1930
​EAMC608​Decorative Arts and Design 1860-present
​EAMC609​Preindustrial Craftsmanship in America


Note: Students simultaneously pursing the M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy must take UAPP613 as one of their two electives. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the program director. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the Certificate Program Director.

Students who intend to pursue the Certificate Program should complete the Graduate Certificate Approval Form available on the website of the Office of Graduate Studies.

Careers in Historic Preservation

Many professional preservation positions require a master's degree, and the certificate program will help you be a more qualified job candidate in the field.

Positions include working for:

  • non-profit organizations
  • for-profit cultural resource management firms with preservation-related missions
  • local, county, and state governments, especially in planning
  • and the federal government.

The demand for professional preservationists has expanded as preservation increasingly plays a more important contributing role to larger community economic development and revitalization efforts. The emphasis on computer skills such as GIS and AutoCAD within the certificate program has proven an important credential for securing employment,  helping to ensure that UD graduates interact technically and form effective teams with other professionals such as planners.

The Federal government requires preservationist certification to be eligible to work on direct federally-funded preservation projects. A Master's degree in historic preservation is the preferred degree leading to certification.

Employment advertisements for professional preservationists are found in the National Trust for Historic Preservation magazine Preservation and on the web site PreserveNet, maintained by National Council for Preservation Education NCPE.

Center for Historic Architecture & Design (CHAD)
Dr. David Ames teaches a historic preservation graduate course.

​The Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) is a research and public service unit in SPPA. Students gain knowledge and employable skills both through academic coursework and through applied experience in research and preservation obtained by working with the Center. CHAD has a strong record of external funding to support its research and public service goals, including student support.

CHAD does have some opportunities for financial support for full time and part time certificate students. Please indicate your interest via the supplemental form with your application if you would like to be considered for funding opportunities.

Applying to the Program

​To apply to the certificate program, visit

You will need to submit your biographic information, contact information, and unofficial transcript. If you wish to be considered for funding, please also submit the supplemental form.

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  • School of Public Policy & Administration
  • 184 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1687