Applied Archaeology

California State University San Bernardino

24 months
14726 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology (MAAA) at California State University San Bernardino is a professionally oriented program designed to prepare students for the archaeological sector of the cultural resource management (CRM) industry or continuing education in Ph.D. with CRM training. 


The program in Applied Archaeology at the California State University San Bernardino provides an education in anthropological archaeology with a focus on developing a solid background in archaeological method and theory combined with practical experience in field and laboratory studies. 

Students are then trained how to use that background in an applied setting through courses focused on CRM regulations, procedures, and practice, along with opportunities to work along State, Federal, and Tribal entities. Students in the program will graduate with a broad understanding of both academic and CRM archaeology, learning how these archaeologies are complimentary and can be used in concert within our discipline.

Program Highlights

  • Program focus on a foundation of Anthropological Archaeology and training on how that is used in the applied setting.
  • Active field and lab research opportunities on prehistoric and historic sites on the California mainland and islands.
  • Graduate assistantships are available each academic year.
  • You can utilize your existing work in the cultural resource management field to satisfy some program requirements.
  • Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions with the cultural resources management industry, including federal and state agencies, private consulting firms, tribal entities, and museums.  
  • Students will earn the skills and theoretical basis to continue on for a Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology at another institution if they choose to do so. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
  • Advanced Studies in California Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management: Laws, Regulations, and Procedures
  • Cultural Resource Management in Practice
  • Research Design, Methods, and Problems in Archaeology
  • Writing for CRM

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • $70 Application fee 
  • Prior college transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14726 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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