May 23, 2024  
2015-16 Graduate Catalog 
2015-16 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Historic Preservation Certificate

Pippa Holloway, Program Director
(615) 904-8149
Rebecca Conard, Director of Public History Program
(615) 898-2423

The History Department  offers the Master of Arts in History, Master of Arts in History with a concentration in Public History, and a Ph.D. in Public History as well as graduate certificates in Archival Management, Heritage Studies, Historic Preservation, and Museum Management.

The certificate of advanced study in Historic Preservation offers a unique opportunity for students to take relevant courses and conduct fieldwork under the supervision of the staff of the renowned Center for Historic Preservation. Students also work with the staff associated with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

The certificate program seeks to provide an opportunity for students to pursue advanced study in Historic Preservation in addition to in-depth professional training for graduate students seeking employment in preservation organizations, historic sites, museums, and other historical organizations. The certificate in Historic Preservation also provides a transitional bridge to the Ph.D. program in Public History.

For the most current information about the program, department policies, and admission standards, please visit the department website at For more information about the Center for Historic Preservation, please visit the center’s website at

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Historic Preservation certificate program requires

  1. an earned master’s degree from an accredited university or college or current enrollment in a master’s degree program;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken.

Modifications to the above requirements may be made with the permission of the department’s director of graduate studies and the department’s graduate committee.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. meet the admission requirements of the University and the program;
  2. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Certificate Requirements

 Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 12 hours of graduate history courses, all at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 in courses leading to the certificate;
  3. successfully complete a portfolio review.

Curriculum: Historic Preservation

Candidate must complete 12 hours in the following course of study:

Program Notes

Students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of approved coursework into the certificate program. The time limit for use of credit toward the certificate is six years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the certificate, including transferred courses.

Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which candidate intends to graduate.