Each year, employers throughout the world compete for graduates of the Historic Preservation Planning (HPP) program. Cornell was one of the first institutions in the country to offer preservation classes, and is internationally recognized as a leader in the field. The 10 to 15 candidates admitted each year bring a variety of experiences. Many come with humanities or social science degrees, and some have already worked in archaeology, architecture, museums, or areas related to historic preservation planning.
Graduates with the master's in historic preservation planning work in state historic preservation offices, local planning agencies, landmarks commissions, private architectural firms, and cultural resource management companies. They also teach and perform research in the field.