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    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

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​The Biden School of Public Policy & Administration 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 including 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 graduate students, undergraduate students, practicing professionals, or other non-UD students. 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, or they may add the certificate to any other degree program. 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
​UAPP630​Methods in Historic Preservation


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

​UAPP613​Planning Theory and Urban Policy
UAPP618Traditional Architectural Materials
UAPP627​World Heritage Sites
​UAPP631​Documentation of Historic Structures
​UAPP636​Research Topics in Historic Preservation
​UAPP644​Grantsmanship and Proposal Writing
​UAPP652​Geographic Information Systems in Public Policy
​UAPP654​Vernacular Architecture
​UAPP706​Planning Sustainable Communities and Regions
​MSST605​Historical Properties
​ARTH629​Studies in Modern Architecture
​ARTH631​Studies in American Architecture of the Colonial and Federal Periods
​ARTH633​Studies in Nineteenth Century American Architecture
​ANTH663​Historic Archeology and the Public
​EAMC604​American Interiors 1800-1900
​EAMC607​English Design History 1530-1930
​EAMC609​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.

Applying to the Certificate Program

Students enrolled in a graduate degree program who intend to pursue the Certificate Program should complete the Graduate Certificate Approval Form available on the website of the Office of Graduate Studies.

Current UD undergraduate students can add the Certificate Program using the Graduate Certificate Enrollment Request Form for Current Undergraduate Students also available on the website of the Office of Graduate Studies. All courses must be taken at the 600-level rather than at the 400-level to count towards the Graduate Certificate.

Non-full-time students can enroll in the Certificate Program by applying online.

The online application for those not currently enrolled at UD requires filling out the form, requesting undergraduate transcripts, and completing a short essay on why you are interested in the program. It does not require GRE scores or letters of recommendation. Applications can be submitted at any time.

Careers in Historic Preservation

A Graduate  Certificate  will help you be a more qualified job candidate in the field of historic preservation.

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 available 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.

Students work on a variety of projects that involve the development of skills useful in professional positions in historic preservation, planning, or public policy.

For more information about funded positions in CHAD, contact Catherine Morrissey, Assistant Director of CHAD. 

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