12 months
14042 USD/year
14042 USD/year
8498 USD/year
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The Public Archaeology program at California State University Northridge prepares students to work in the field of cultural resource management and to attend Ph.D. programs that place an emphasis on public archaeology and cultural heritage management.


Program Description

Students in the Public Archeology program at California State University Northridge are required to take seminars in anthropological theory, archaeology and the management of archaeological resources; archaeological laboratory methods; and elective courses with an archaeological focus. Public Archaeology students complete a practicum in the management of archaeological resources and write a thesis.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze human experiences and the causes and consequences of cultural diversity across space and time from an anthropological perspective.
  • Analyze the evolutionary process particularly as it relates to primate and specifically hominin evolution.
  • Analyze biological and behavioral variation among human and nonhuman primates in context.
  • Discuss and analyze the foundational concept of culture and core theories in anthropology and their applications to the field.
  • Independently conceptualize, collect, describe, analyze, interpret and communicate anthropological evidence according to generally accepted professional practice and ethics.
  • Examine how anthropology can be used to engage in contemporary issues and can be applied toward addressing social problems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anthropological Theory and Method
  • Problems in Archaeology
  • Seminar in Management of Archaeological Resources
  • Anthropological Research Design
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • California Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 SCH



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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Either (a) B.A. in Anthropology with coursework that includes introductory courses in archaeology, biological anthropology and sociocultural anthropology; archaeological theory; and archaeological fieldwork
  • Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 must score at or above the 50th percentile on two of the three portions of the aptitude test of the GRE. Or completion of the CSUN Certificate in Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge with a GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Two-page written statement by applicant indicating research and career objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Demonstration of research and writing skills. Applicants must submit to the graduate committee a sample research paper, written in English, and preferably one that was completed as part of the baccalaureate degree requirements, such as a senior thesis or other research paper done in an upper division undergraduate course

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8498 USD per year during 12 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

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