Forensic Anthropology (Certificate)


Forensic Anthropology, Cert

On Campus 18 cr

Enhance your credentials by studying with world-acclaimed faculty in forensic anthropology.


The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology is designed to provide a general background in the skills and techniques of forensic anthropology. Forensic Anthropology is an applied field of bioanthropology and archaeology that focuses on the examination and identification of unknown individuals to service the medico-legal communities at all levels from local to international. The proximity of the UNL campus to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s forensic laboratory provides a unique opportunity for students to intern at the world’s largest and most esteemed skeletal identification laboratory system.


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Career Pathways

  • Municipal Forensic Divisions
  • Contractors with Department of Defense to support DPAA
  • Disaster Mortuary Operational Teams (D-MORT)
  • Medical Examiner Offices as Forensic Anthropologists or Death Investigators
  • Forensic Anthropologist

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Academics: Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Personal Statement:  Statement of purpose.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Certificate programs are not considered degree programs, additionally, so international students should be aware that admission to this program is ineligible for immigration forms for an F-1 student visa.

Admission Application Deadlines

Rolling; apply at any time for admission in the following semester



Campus Address

816 Oldfather

Graduate Chair

Heather Richards-Rissetto

Certificate Advisor

William Belcher

Support Staff

Hailey McCord

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