Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management

Central Michigan University

Program Description

Master of Arts in Cultural Resource Management

Central Michigan University

The master's degree and graduate certificate program of study in Cultural Resource Management are designed to prepare professionals for careers in the growing field of cultural resource management. The program provides students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to help diverse communities discover, preserve and understand their cultural heritage. The program will prepare professionals to secure Federal Register status as historians, museum professionals and/or archaeologists.

Professionals who work in Cultural Resource Management 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.

​Students in the CRM program will learn to assess such sites and resources and develop plans for their preservation, curation, and ethical use. Students will learn the disciplinary methods and federal guidelines and regulations governing this field.

The Cultural Resource Management (CRM) program at Central Michigan University is an interdisciplinary graduate program designed to meet the growing needs of private businesses, educational institutions, and governmental agencies.

The three primary fields of study within our CRM program are Anthropology, History, and Museum Studies. As a newly admitted graduate student, you would work closely with a faculty advisor from one of these three areas to design an academic program plan that meets your specific needs. The Master of Arts program takes about two years. Each student in the M.A. program is required to complete 36 graduate credits, satisfy an internship or fieldwork capstone experience requirement, and pass a comprehensive examination on laws and ethics relevant to cultural resource management.

Required Courses

  • Theory and Research in Archaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology
  • Public History
  • Graduate Research
  • International Cultural Laws and Ethics
  • Museum Management
  • Internship or Fieldwork Capstone Experience
  • Thesis or Creative Endeavor in Museum Studies
  • Approved Electives

Students work closely with faculty advisors to carefully select the appropriate electives from a variety of approved courses. Students may take courses from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Museum Studies
  • History
  • Educational Leadership
  • Geography
  • Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Svcs
  • Business Law
  • Political Science / Public Admin.
  • Marketing
  • plus other fields of interest

The Graduate Certificate program takes about one year and consists of 18-21 credits. Required courses include: Theory and Research in Archaeology; Cultural Resource Management in Archaeology; Public History; International Cultural Laws and Ethics; Museum Management; and an Internship or Fieldwork Capstone Experience. Students must also pass a comprehensive examination on laws and ethics relevant to cultural resource management.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A. in CRM program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission into the program, each candidate for admission must submit the following materials:

  • evidence of an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • evidence of at least 18 hours of undergrate course work in anthropology, history, museum studies, or other cognate fields;
  • a Statement of Purpose in the form of an essay (two or three pages, double-spaced) which includes a discussion of professional goals, how applicant’s background will lead to success in the program, and how the program will assist the applicant in achieving her or his goals;
  • 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;
  • evidence of English proficiency - for students from outside the U.S. for whom English is not the first language (TOEFL 79 ibt; IELTS 6.5; Pearson’s 53; MELAB 77; etc.).

Students may transfer up to 9 graduate credits in consultation with a CRM program advisor.

Conditional admission may be considered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point averages that do not meet these requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
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Start date Sept. 2017
USA Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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