Funding & Finances


Program fees are discussed on each program page. Additional financial resources and comprehensive graduate tuition and fee information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.


Student Fees

In addition to tuition (listed on the respective program pages), students will pay ancillary fees. HRM students have privileges and responsibilities similar to other SFU graduate students, including access to research support services available through the SFU Library, the Library Research Commons and the Centre for Educational Excellence. It is the responsibility of the student to opt out of any inapplicable services. Students who submit proof of residence away from Vancouver and of medical coverage from another source may obtain full or partial fee waivers. See Graduate Tuition Fees.

Course Materials

Costs for course materials, if any, are expected to be less than $100 per course.


Both Master's and Certificate candidates are responsible for travel, lodging, and incidental costs required to participate in the Program orientation in the first week of fall term classes. HRM Master's candidates are also responsible for all costs associated with their participation in the in-person defence of their thesis on the Burnaby campus.

The SFU refund policy outlines processes for reclaiming tuition payments.

Funding and Financial Aid


While candidates in professional graduate programs are not eligible for some forms of SFU financial aid, HRM Master’s candidates are encouraged to apply for funding through the following sources:


Full-time students in the Heritage Resource Management Professional Master's and Certificate Programs are eligible to apply for bursary funding through SFU. 

Bursaries are granted based on demonstrated financial need. Students are expected to plan to cover most of their expenses themselves. Funding cannot be guaranteed, and approved allocations are disbursed toward the middle of each term.

The application period generally falls in the first three weeks of each term. Further details, including eligibility requirements and specific application due dates and materials can be found here.

Mitacs Accelerate Research Internships

Mitacs Accelerate research internships are available (2021-2023). Interns will receive up to $15,000 in support to work with Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council (NNTC) and Teck Highland Valley Copper Operations representatives.

High Priority Projects For 2021-2022:

1.  Analysis of collected matrix samples (palaeobotanical analysis and/or palynology)
2.  Lithic sourcing analysis and regional movement of lithic materials.

Priority Projects for 2022-2023:

3.  Evaluation and refinement of survey and testing strategies using geospatial analysis of biophysical data.
4.  Evaluation and application of GPS and survey instruments for site mapping.

Projects in Progress, 2019-2021:

  • Application of remote sensing data, including LIDAR, in archaeological survey (Confirmed Mitacs Fellow: Sarah Smith)
  • Evaluation and application of impact mitigation strategies, including systematic data recovery (Nominated Mitacs Fellow: Nolan Gizikoff)
  • Re-analysis of lithic assemblages, including significant collections housed at the Royal BC Museum (Project in progress at McGill University)

Program applicants able to work in BC and interested in pursuing master's thesis research on one of the four priority projects should include a clear statement of their interest and capacities in their HRM Program application.