Graduate Program

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The Department of Archaeology offers M.A. and Ph.D. programmes. Normally, students must have completed a thesis M.A. in order to be admitted to a Ph.D. programme at SFU. Students who have an exceptional record of publication may be admitted to the Ph.D. programme without a thesis M.A.

Within the Department the Graduate Programme is supervised by the Graduate Programme Committee (GPC), which consists of all available faculty, the Graduate Secretary, and a Graduate Student Representative. It is chaired by the Graduate Programme Chair. Most of the work of this committee is delegated to a subcommittee called the Graduate Executive Committee (GEC), consisting of the Graduate Programme Chair, two faculty members, the Graduate Secretary, and the Graduate Student Representative. The GEC deals with the day-to-day running of the Graduate Programme. The full committee (GPC) only meets when programme changes are proposed, when graduate applications are being considered, and to conduct Annual Progress Reviews. The Graduate Student Representative is elected by the Graduate Caucus to sit on both the GPC and the GEC.

Areas of Study

The department offers specialization in archaeometry, art, ceramic analysis, cultural resource management, ethnoarchaeology, forensic anthropology, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, lithic analysis, palaeoanthropology, palaeoethnobotany, skeletal biology and zooarchaeology.

The student gains a comprehensive understanding of the discipline and strives to acquire a general knowledge of world prehistory, physical anthropology, and archaeological theory and method, in addition to gaining knowledge and expertise in particular areas of research interest. Depending on enrollments, individual or group courses can be arranged in addition to regularly scheduled courses.

Degree Requirements

A distinction is made between program enrolment and formal advancement to degree candidacy. A candidate is a student who successfully completes advancement to candidacy requirements (defined below). Normally, advancement happens once the Simon Fraser University residency is fulfilled, but not later than the end of the ninth term after PhD admission and not later than the end of the sixth term for MA students.