M.A. On Campus

Cultural Resources Management

Sonoma State University

12 months
6336 USD/credit 190080 USD/year
6336 USD/credit 190080 USD/year
9386 USD/credit 281580 USD/year
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Established in 1978, the Cultural Resources Management program at Sonoma State University is one of the oldest such programs in the United States. Its alumni have gone on to assume high-level positions at universities, private firms, and local, state and federal agencies.


Key Features

CRM involves the identification, evaluation and preservation of cultural resources, as mandated by cultural resources legislation and guided by scientific standards within the planning process. A goal of the master’s program in Cultural Resources Management is to produce professionals who are competent in the methods and techniques appropriate for filling cultural resources management and related positions, and who have the theoretical background necessary for research design, and data collection and analysis.

Persons with an M.A. in CRM will be qualified to hold positions within the United States and its territories. Some individuals will also be qualified to serve outside of the United States in an advisory capacity in establishing and managing cultural resources management programs within environmental protection and preservation contexts of other nations.

The Cultural Resources Management program at Sonoma State University emphasizes:

  • Experience in developing projects and programs in cultural resources management
  • Experience in conducting analyses of archaeological, osteological, linguistic and sociocultural data for purposes of assisting public and private sectors in the implementation of environmental protection and historic preservation legislation
  • Training in the professional traditions of inquiry within anthropology and history to enable the student to assess the research significance of archaeological and ethnohistoric resources
  • Experience with anthropological techniques of field and laboratory analysis, and archival and museum preparation
  • Experience with existing cultural resources management data-keeping facilities.

Students in the program, under the supervision of a primary faculty advisor, develop a plan of study and thesis project that reflects their special interest in cultural resources management. In addition, students are encouraged to present the results of their work and research in professional meetings, research publications and public documents.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Historical Archaeology
  • Research in California Prehistory
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Museum Collections Management
  • Museum Theory and Practice
  • Forensic Anthropology Theory and Practice
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Forensic Anthropology Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS examination scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    190080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    190080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6336 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    281580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9386 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Rohnert Park

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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