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Cultural Resource Management, Graduate Certificate

College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 18 - 21 hours

The graduate certificate program of study in Cultural Resource Management is designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. Practitioners in this multifaceted field assist private and government entities in identifying cultural resources such as archaeological and historical sites, culturally or historically significant structures, and culturally significant locations or resources, assessing such sites and resources, and developing plans for their preservation, curation, and ethical use. The CRM certificate program will equip students with knowledge of disciplinary methods as well as federal guidelines and regulations governing the practice in this field.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Note: This program is on hiatus and will not be accepting admissions at this time.

Application Deadline: Rolling Application

In addition to the general university requirements for admission to the Cultural Resource Management program, applicants must also provide the following:

  1. evidence of an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  2. evidence of at least 18 hours of undergraduate course work in anthropology, history, museum studies, or cognate fields;
  3. an essay (two or three pages, double-spaced) which includes a discussion of professional goals, how the applicant's background will lead to success in the program, and how the program will assist the applicant in achieving her or his goals. This essay will replace the written statement requested as part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies.
  4. three letters of recommendation from former professors or professionals in a field related to CRM that attest to the applicant's potential to succeed in the program.
  5. If the applicant is an international student for whom English is not the first language, a score of 79 or higher on the iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 IELTS.
  6. Per university policy, admission with stipulations may be considered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point averages that do not meet these requirements. Courses taken to meet these requirements may not be counted toward graduate degree requirements. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all admission stipulations.
  7. Students may transfer up to 9 hours of graduate credit in consultation with a program advisor.

Retention and termination policies will follow the policies and procedures laid out in the CMU Graduate Bulletin under the heading Academic and Retention Standards.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 hours)

ANT 626/CRM 626Theory and Research in Archaeology


ANT 645/CRM 645Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology


HST 580Public History


MST 610International Cultural Laws and Ethics


MST 620Museum Management


Additional Requirements I (3-6 hours)

Select one of the following Internship/Fieldwork capstone experiences for at least 3 hours' credit:

ANT 500Field School in Archaeology


HST 595Internship in Public History


MST 598Museum Internship


Additional Requirements II

Comprehensive examination on laws and ethics relevant to cultural resource management. The examination will be scheduled during the final semester of the student's program and will be evaluated by a committee of at least two examiners.

Total: 18-21 semester hours