Admission to the program is required, and it is selective. The minimum standards for admission are:
- A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University.
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale; OR at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR a combined score of 290 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections and 2.5 or higher on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in anthropology or a related field, and applicants must have completed an archaeological field school. Prior completion of coursework in archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological theory, and North American archaeology is highly recommended. Promising applicants may be admitted provisionally with an approved plan to rectify deficiencies through extra course work.
A final decision on admission will be made by the anthropology graduate admissions committee, which will take the following into consideration:
- Two letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise.
- A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting relevant experience.
- A statement of purpose of 300-500 words addressing qualifications and reasons for pursuing this certificate.
- At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper or archaeological site report).
- A transcript of all courses taken and degree(s) completed.
Admission will also depend on the number of students the program can support at a given time and the suitability of the applicant and his or her interests for the objectives of the program.