Master of Science in Anthropology

Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management Specialization

Group of smiling students in front of a museum door

Back Row (starting from left): Amanda Meeks, Alexandra Wolberg, Elizabeth Groat, Geena Black, Gabriel Boghosian | Front Row: Michele Hoferitza, Mindona Grunin, Erin Haycock, Jennifer Finn, Mariah Walzer, Morgan Carter, Michael Bianchini


The anthropology graduate program with a specialization in archaeology and cultural resource management is a selective program that limits incoming class sizes to six or fewer to provide quality research and teaching opportunities for students.

USU's Anthropology Program is known for its explicit orientation toward scientific archaeology. Theoretical perspectives trend toward contemporary ecology, especially human behavioral ecology with topical expertise in paleoecology/climates, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, lithic analysis, and geospatial analysis/remote sensing. Our archaeology and cultural resource management emphasizes the geography of mountains and deserts in the American West: southern Idaho, western Wyoming, western Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

We educate and train graduate students to meet Register of Professional Archaeologists standards, and we prepare them to become project directors and principal investigators. Our targeted core curriculum is supported by electives in methods and areas reflecting faculty expertise with the goal of facilitating hands-on student research. Students are mentored to become independent scholars conducting original research.

Career Application

Utah State University's Master of Science in Anthropology is an applied program enabling career advancement in the primary area of employment for archaeologists (over 90%), cultural resource management. CRM archaeologists work for private environmental assessment companies and government agencies. Our MS in anthropology degree also prepares students to bridge research-based doctoral programs in the field.


Program Advisor

David Byers

David Byers

Associate Professor | Director of Graduate Program

(435) 797-1178
Old Main 245C

Megan Sills

Megan Sills

Staff Assistant III

(435) 797-0219
Old Main 245

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