Mercyhurst College nets topflight students for forensic anthropology graduate program

Graduates of NYU and Princeton are among the exclusive group of new students admitted this fall to the Master of Science degree program in Forensic and Biological Anthropology at Mercyhurst College.

The program, now in its third year, is the first in the country focused primarily on providing students with a comprehensive basic training program in the combined fields of forensic and biological anthropology. 

Because of the rigorous curriculum that includes a mixture of academic and hands-on experiences, the highly selective program accepts no more than six students a year. This year program director Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., and fellow forensic anthropologist Steven Symes, Ph.D., made their choices from a pool of 75 candidates from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

The students are graduates of NYU, Princeton, University of Tennessee, SUNYBinghamton, Syracuse University, and from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. 

“We are very pleased with the extremely high caliber of the students applying to the program,” Dirkmaat said. “These are the cream-of-the-crop science students interested in pursuing a career in forensic anthropology. We have been told by other professional forensic anthropologists that the Mercyhurst program should now be considered one of the elite programs in the field in terms of quality of the instruction and the students produced.” 

Most graduates of the Mercyhurst program are expected to continue their education in a doctoral program within the disciplines of forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, criminal justice, or forensic sciences. They will possess extensive academic, field and laboratory skills in both forensic anthropology and physical anthropology that will allow them to compete academically with other graduate students in any of the top biological or forensic anthropological doctoral programs in the country. 

For more information on the forensic and biological anthropology program at Mercyhurst College, click here: 

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