Master of Science in Anthropology

Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management Specialization

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The anthropology graduate program with a specialization in archaeology and cultural resource management limits entering class size to six or less to provide quality research and teaching opportunities for students.

The department is known for its explicit orientation to a 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 geographic emphasis is the mountain and deserts of the American West: southern Idaho, western Wyoming, western Colorado, Utah, Nevada.

We educate and train graduate students who meet the standards of the Register of Professional Archaeologists, and will become project directors and principal investigators. Our core curriculum targets these goals, and is supported by an elective curriculum in methods and areas that reflect faculty expertise and facilitates 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 anthropology MS degree also prepares students to bridge research-based doctoral programs in anthropology.


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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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