Graduate Programs

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Preservation Studies: Ph.D.


The preservation studies Ph.D. in the Department of Art Conservation is an interdisciplinary doctoral course of study that teaches the philosophies, research methodologies and policies informing preservation efforts focused on art, architecture, landscapes and material culture. It is distinct from other discipline-based courses of graduate study in that it provides a mechanism to combine cross-field expertise toward doctoral study in preservation. The preservation studies program prepares students to address questions regarding individual objects and works of art, collections, buildings and structures, and sites and landscapes. More specifically, it trains its Ph.D. candidates to assess the significance and cultural contexts for the production, function, reception and preservation of all aspects of visual and material culture; identify, evaluate and implement preservation practice and policy; and integrate ideas and methods from the full range of preservation-related disciplines.

The preservation studies doctoral program builds on unique and distinguished programs at the University of Delaware. It may involve collaboration with faculty and physical resources in the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Earth, Ocean and Environment; Engineering; and Education and Human Development; the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration; and the Winterthur Museum. Applicants apply to a specific area of concentration within preservation studies, and acceptance is contingent upon compatibility with existing University of Delaware resources.


Application Deadlines


February 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.