Cultural Resources Management Archaeology (M.S.)

Cultural Resources Management Archaeology (M.S.)

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Cultural Resources Management Archaeology (M.S.)

Cultural Resources Management Archaeology (M.S.)

Cultural Resources Management is about people and the places they consider important for preserving their culture and learning about the history of humankind. Anthropologists are well suited to be CRM professionals because they apply a broad understanding of human culture to bridge the past with the present. By working to conserve and understand the past, CRM efforts have meaning for modern society because people everywhere use the past to construct their identities and practice their heritage. CRM professionals are often involved at the forefront of this process. 

Our graduate students gain an in-depth understanding of the role CRM plays in modern society and will graduate prepared to become leaders in the field. Our graduate program integrates the theory and philosophy required to see the "big picture" with the practical skills needed to successfully design and manage all phases of CRM. Our students develop the knowledge, experience, confidence and credentials to either enter the workforce with a master's degree or continue on at the doctoral level. 

Program Highlights

  • Founded on a four-field anthropological philosophy that instills respect and appreciation for the diversity and needs of modern human culture
  • Available in a traditional classroom setting or via video conferencing in real-time online for non-resident students
  • Graduate assistantships are available both in the lab and in the classroom
  • Master of Science or 18-credit graduate certificate options available

Program Distinctions

  • Meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards
  • Opportunities to participate in active field and lab research in the Western Great Lakes and Great Plains
  • Graduates have gone on to work for federal, tribal and state agencies, private contracting firms, non-profit organizations and museums
  • Students come to the program in person and digitally from Iowa, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, South Dakota, Wyoming and several other states
  • Students intern for a wide range of federal, tribal, state and private agencies including at national forests, historical societies, museums and more
  • Application deadlines:
    • March 15 - 1st Priority (Admission, GA & funding consideration)
    • May 1 - 2nd Priority (Pending seat availability)
      • Submissions after May 1 will result in delayed review with faculty conducting off campus fieldwork and research activities
    • Aug. 10 - Final (Pending seat availability)

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall March 15 - 1st Priority, May 1 - 2nd Priority, Aug. 10-Final March 15 - 1st Priority, May 1 - 2nd Priority, June 1-Final March 15 - 1st Priority, May 1 - 2nd Priority, Aug. 10-Final
Spring Nov. 15 (Certificate only) Sept. 15 (Certificate only) Nov. 15 (Certificate only)
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Mark Muniz

Popular Careers

  • Cultural resources contractor
  • Environmental engineering contractor 
  • Federal land management agency
  • Tribal historic preservation office
  • State archeologist office
  • Museum staff
  • College professor/instructor

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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