Cultural Resources Management Archaeology

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: Anthropology

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mark Muniz

Program Location

  • The program is available in a traditional cohort classroom setting on the SCSU campus.
  • The program is also available electronically to domestic students throughout the United States through Adobe Connect software. Please visit The Center For Continuing Studies for more information about low residency programs.
  • Minnesota residents are strongly encouraged to apply to the on-campus program.

Program Overview

The Anthropology Program seeks to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role archaeology plays in modern cultural resource management in order to be leaders in the field for the 21st century.  The M.S. in CRM archaeology is founded on a broad four-field anthropology education that instills respect and appreciation for the diversity of human culture and that prepares students with the theoretical knowledge, legal and ethical background, field and lab skills, and practical experience necessary to be successful professionals or continue on for a doctoral degree.  Students will take seminars in archaeology and biological anthropology or cultural anthropology, and will complete courses in technical writing, regional culture history, and a two-semester CRM seminar that focuses on: the history of historic preservation in the U.S.; federal legislation; American Indian perspectives; professional ethics; the infrastructure of CRM; research design development; project logistics; and management skills.  Students will develop the experience, confidence, and credentials required to work as principal investigators or managers for federal, state, or tribal historic preservation agencies, non-profit organizations and museums, private contracting firms, or as private consultants.

The Profession

Having completed this degree, students will be prepared and qualified to work as professional archaeologists at the level of principal investigator or manager for federal, state, or tribal agencies, non-profit organizations, private contracting companies, or as an independent consultant. This degree will also thoroughly prepare students to continue their graduate education elsewhere at the doctoral level.


This master's degree meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards for working as a professional archaeologist and prepares the recipient to work for:

  • Federal agencies such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Natural Resource Conservation Services, and many others.
  • State agencies such as the State Historic Preservation Office, State Archaeologist Office, State Historical Society, Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources, and others.
  • Tribal agencies such as the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, cultural heritage programs, and others.
  • Non-profit organizations and museums.
  • Private contracting firms that specialize in CRM archaeology, archaeology divisions of larger environmental engineering firms, or as a private consultant.

Admission Requirements Specific to the Program

  • Anyone interested is encouraged to apply, however, individuals with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, human geography, history, or sociology will be best prepared; all other majors please contact the program director for additional information.
  • The GRE is required of all applicants, unless you meet one of the following stipulations:
    • you possess an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
    • you possess a graduated degree earned in a country where English is the sole official language.
    • you possess 10 plus years of professional experience related to the discipline.
  • Upon application be prepared to upload a required resume that provides detailed information on archaeological field and lab experience and list any authored CRM project reports.
  • Applicants that lack adequate field and/or lab experience will be required to take the graduate-level field school and/or lab methods courses.

Admission Information

  • Admission is competitive and selection is based on an evaluation of all factors. Apply by the February 15 priority deadline.
  • Applications are reviewed in a pool and admission decisions are made after review of applications is completed.
  • Typically, notice regarding admission decisions are made and sent to applicants within approximately 3 weeks of the admission deadline.
  • Applicants can enhance their chance for an admission offer by having all application materials in by the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Priority Application Deadline - February 15 for fall semester admission

Programs with a priority deadline will hold all completed applicant files until the application deadline date, then academic review will begin. The program will review all completed applications at one time (in a pool) to award limited spaces. If space remains in the program, a second round of review will be held for completed files received after the priority deadline. 

Length of Program — Measured by Semesters

  • Students are admitted for fall semester start only.
  • The length of the program is designed to be completed in two calendar years.  The total minimum credits required for the program range from 33 to 42 depending on a student’s prior experience with field, lab, and quantitative methods and which culminating project (A, B, C) is selected. 

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Six half-time graduate assistantships are available for each fall and spring semester. Ten-hour a week assistantships will pay $5,000 for the academic year. Additionally, GA's are eligible for a tuition waiver that covers up to and including six graduate credits per semester for the academic year. Applicants interested in a GA position must submit the GA application by May 1st.