Admission Requirements

Applications must be made through the Graduate Studies Office at the University of Delaware using their online application. If you are considering applying to our program and would like to hear from us about current events and more, please register .

The admission requirements are designed to bring students into the training program that have a balance of skills in material culture studies (including anthropology, archaeology, museum studies and history of technology), art and cultural history, science, and studio arts and crafts. Applicants should possess an innate desire and ability to work with their hands and derive a high level of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment from working with artistic and cultural works.

Bachelor Degree: A  minimum of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is required. Applicants must have an overall academic index (on a 4.0 point scale) of at least 2.5 and an index in the field of concentration of 3.0. The latter figure is computed from the junior and senior years. These following majors are preferred areas of study: anthropology/archaeology/technology, art and cultural history, chemistry, or studio arts and crafts. Applicants with degrees in other majors who meet the minimum course prerequisites will be considered.

GRE: An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted. The University of Delaware’s GRE Code is 005811-5101. When taking the GRE, applicants are expected to obtain a GRE score in the sixty-fifth percentile or better for the verbal section and fiftieth percentile or better for the quantitative section and a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical section. In the case of a student for whom English is not the first language, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores may be substituted for the verbal score to calculate the minimum GRE total.

The ETS University of Delaware institution code is "5811". You only need to submit the University code of 5811. No department code is needed for our institution.

Coursework: Applicants must complete prerequisite coursework in art and cultural history/archaeology/anthropology, studio arts, and chemistry.  Please review the prerequisites on the following pages for specific information and number of college level credit hours required in each area prior to admission in the program.

Conservation Experience: In addition to coursework, applicants must have completed at least 400 hours of documented conservation experience under the supervision of a conservator. Appropriate experience may include work in regional, institutional or private conservation laboratories. Involvement in supervised collection care projects such a collection assessments, rehousing, and exhibition design, as well as examination and treatment of individual artifacts is also encouraged. Above all, applicants are expected to be thoroughly acquainted with conservation as a career option and to possess a fundamental knowledge of its philosophy, ethics and basic working procedures. 

The application deadline is January 15. If all coursework has not been completed by January 15, the application will still be considered if no more than two required courses are still in progress. Applicants with more than one chemistry requirement in progress will not be considered. Proof of registration must be submitted with the application, and proof of satisfactory completion of the courses with a grade of C- or above is necessary for entry into the program. 

Up to ten students will be admitted annually. Each student will receives a fellowship that includes an annual stipend, which increases with each year of study, and a tuition-free scholarship.