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Master of Science (MS) Degree in Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management


Our Program Features:


The Archaeology Graduate Program limits entering class size to six or less to provide quality research and teaching opportunities for students.

Scientific Orientation

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 geographic emphasis is the mountain and deserts of the American West: southern Idaho, western Wyoming, western Colorado, Utah, Nevada.


Ours 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 degree also prepares students bridge to research-based doctoral programs in Anthropology.

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Mission Statement

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.


USU students get jobs in Cultural Resource Management because
they are experts in archaeological research design.

They conceptualize, conduct, and communicate research!

Graduate Program Co-Directors

Dr. David Byers
USU Logan Campus, OM 245C
0730 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-0730
Phone: (435) 797-1178
Dr. Judson Finley
USU Logan Campus, OM 245F
0730 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-0730
Phone: (435) 797-9621

 Utah State University Campus

Utah State University Campus

Master of Science Archaeology Cultural Resource Management