Frequently Asked Questions


How many students does the CRM program accept each year?
It depends on the size of the applicant pool. We typically aim to bring in a cohort of 8-10 students each Fall semester. This means that we usually admit between 35-55% of applicants.       We also use a waiting-list system for admission to ensure stable cohort size.

Which transcripts do I need to send?
Original transcripts for the last 60 units earned are required. For most people, these will be from the four-year college/university where they received a B.A./B.S. degree. Community college transcripts usually are not necessary, unless these units contribute to the 60 units earned most recently. Transcripts for field schools for which academic credit was received should be submitted, provided they are included in the last 60 units. Please send two copies of all transcripts, one set directly to the University Office of Admissions and Records and one set to the CRM Program Graduate Coordinator.

Who should write my letters of recommendation, and how should these letters be submitted?
At least one letter should be from a relatively current academic reference, if possible. Sealed letters can be mailed to the CRM Program Graduate Coordinator, either directly from the recommender or along with the rest of the application. Alternatively, the recommender can email the letter directly to the Graduate Coordinator. Emailed letters must be written on workplace letterhead, signed, saved as a PDF, and sent directly from the account of the recommender.

What types of funding are available to CRM graduate students?
The ASC offers the ASC Scholarship in CRM and the David Fredrickson Research Grant (each $500-1500/year depending on available funds). For more information, visit ASC Scholarships and Research Grants or the SSU Scholarship Office to apply. By filling out a FAFSA, students can qualify (depending on demonstrated need) for a State University Grant, which would cover most tuition costs. We do not have an admissions preference for in-state or out-of-state students. Visit the Financial Aid Office for general information about financial aid via SSU.

Many students work part-time for the Anthropological Studies Center and/or Northwest Information Center at some point during their studies. In recent years, ASC has paid up to 160,000 dollars annually in wages to students working on grant and contract projects. Students can also apply for travel grants from the ASC and the School of Social Sciences to attend and present papers at professional meetings.

Paid internships (e.g., with the National Park Service) are another source of income for students. We also attempt to connect students with external scholarship opportunities, e.g., from the Sacramento Archaeological Society, Society for California Archaeology, etc. Although we do offer CRM graduate students the opportunity to get teaching experience by serving as a TA, we are not able to pay them for this.

How long does the CRM program take to complete?
Because some of the required core courses are only offered every other year, the length of the program varies depending on whether students enter in an even or odd calendar year. Even-year admissions (e.g., 2016) often result in a 3-year program (6 semesters), while odd-year admissions (e.g., 2017) add an extra semester (a 3 ½ year, 7 semester program). See below for a sample program plan based on even- or odd-year admission.

 

Even-year admission

Odd-year admission

Year 1, Fall semester

Anth 500

Hist 472

Anth 500

Hist 472

Year 1, Spring semester

Supporting courses

Internships

Anth 502

Anth 592

Student evaluation by Graduate Committee faculty at end of semester. Status shifts from conditionally classified to unconditionally classified graduate standing.

Year 2, Fall semester

Anth 503

Supporting courses

Internships

Supporting courses

Internships

Year 2, Spring semester

Anth 502

Anth 592

Anth 595 (Thesis Prospectus)

Completion and filing of GS01 to advance to candidacy.

Supporting courses

Internships

Year 3, Fall semester

Anth 599A

Anth 503

Anth 595 (Thesis Prospectus)

Completion and filing of GS01 to advance to candidacy.

Year 3, Spring semester

Anth 599B

Defense and filing of thesis; graduation.

Anth 599A

Year 4, Fall semester

 

Anth 599B

Defense and filing of thesis; graduation.

How can I find answers to the rest of my questions?
Download the Graduate Handbook. This handbook, which is updated regularly, contains everything from descriptions of core courses to an explanation of the thesis process. If your questions aren’t answered here, email the CRM Program Graduate Coordinator.