Forensic & Biological Anthropology - GC

Program Code: CGRFBA
Graduate Certificate

Availability: campus

The one-year Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic and Biological Anthropology is available to students wishing to enhance their undergraduate education with courses and hands-on training in preparation for professional careers or graduate school. The certificate program is particularly useful for students interested in acquiring practical experience in the specific methods and theory of forensic anthropology; however, the certificate is also appropriate for applicants interested in careers in medicolegal death investigation, biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, anatomy, or other closely related fields.

Students will work with faculty to construct a personalized curriculum of at least five (5) courses from the current Mercyhurst graduate catalog. To receive a certificate, students must receive a B or above in each the five courses. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in actual forensic cases conducted by the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Students are eligible to work in the field if they are enrolled or have completed Forensic Archaeology/Lab (ANTH 510/511). Students may participate in the laboratory analysis of remains if they are enrolled, or have completed ANTH 510/511 or ANTH 520/521. Rare exceptions to these requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis. The department faculty will also be available to mentor students and assist with developing applications for jobs or graduate school.

The evaluation of applications will be based on undergraduate record, a personal statement, and three professional references. The top candidates based on submitted applications will offered a video, phone, or in-person interview which will contribute to the final admissions decision. Ideal candidates for the certificate program are students with strong academic records and letters of recommendation, who are simply lacking the requisite courses or experience needed for acceptance into the master’s program. The certificate is also useful for students who have had some coursework or experience in the field, but have yet to identify a particular area of interest or research.

Students in the certificate program will be working closely with both the faculty and M.S. students, so strong applications should also show that the candidate will be able to work well with others as a member of a team. Further application instructions can be obtained by visiting the graduate admission webpage or contacting the Mercyhurst Graduate Admissions office.

Students will work with faculty to construct a personalized curriculum of at least five (5) courses

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Please note that some courses have a corresponding lab.

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Students will also have the opportunity to participate in actual forensic cases conducted by the Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Students are eligible to work in the field if they are enrolled or have completed:

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Students may participate in the laboratory analysis of remains if they are enrolled, or have completed:

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