A professional online master's program built by and for cultural heritage management practitioners

Choose from a thesis-based MA or a coursework-only certificate, both offering integrated study of HRM's ethical, legal, business and research priorities. Online coursework accommodates students with family and professional obligations. MA thesis requirements comply with the Register for Professional Archaeologists and other jurisdictional standards.

Applicants should hold a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) and have, at a minimum, one year of work experience in heritage resource management.


Orientation Week

Held on-campus in the first week of fall courses (virtual in 2021 and 2022).

Four online courses

Delivered over two terms, the HRM coursework covers ethical, legal, business, and research priorities.

Intensive Collaboration

SFU faculty will support the design and delivery of your MA thesis.

Thesis Defence

Juried defences for the MA program take place on SFU campus.

If you have any questions you can't find an answer to on these pages, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant at archgrad@sfu.ca

If you are a prospective student, please start at the Prospective Students page.

Applications open October 1, 2021. Apply any time before July 1, 2022. The application portal closes July 15, 2022 (ends receipt of transcripts, reference letters, etc.).

Our Goals Are To

  • Prepare students for satisfying careers as heritage resource management leaders committed to collaborative management of diverse heritage comprised of multiple values.
  • Boost the quality of heritage resource management by creating and mobilizing practical knowledge and skills in each of the field’s four principal areas—law/policy, practice/ethics, business/management, and research design and methods.
  • Maintain excellent learning environments and open and constructive communications among students, alumni, faculty and heritage owners, as well as heritage resource management regulators, practitioners and stakeholders.
  • Increase the number, diversity, expertise, and integration of heritage resource management practitioners who hold graduate credentials, meet professional qualification standards for multiple jurisdictions, and share commitments to professional, conservation-oriented management of diverse heritage from treasured pasts.


Program Director Adam N. Rorabaugh (adam_n_rorabaugh@sfu.ca)