For general inquiries about the Archaeology graduate programs, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant:

Email: archgrad@sfu.ca

Phone: 778-782-4727

Office: EDB 9635

Heritage Resource Management Program

Master of Arts (Heritage Resource Management)

Please refer to the program website.

Graduate Certificate (Heritage Resource Management)

Please refer to the program website.

MA Program (SFU Calendar)

This program consists of the following sequential steps for a minimum of 33 units: course requirements, thesis prospectus, colloquium presentation, advancement to candidacy, thesis completion, and defence. The course requirements, thesis prospectus, and the colloquium presentation should be completed by students by the end of the second term.

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following

and a thesis

Advancement to Candidacy

A distinction is made between program enrollment and formal advancement to degree candidacy. A candidate is a student who has successfully completed the advancement to candidacy requirements (defined below).

Formal advancement to MA candidacy takes place when the following requirements have been met:

  • Completion of three required graduate courses;
  • Completion of a prospectus and presentation of a colloquium as part of ARCH 876

Thesis

After the above, students advance to candidacy and complete and defend the thesis. The defence topic should be the thesis itself and related matters. It should be focussed on problem-oriented research, involving the conceptualization of a problem, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. It should not normally exceed 100 pages of text.  

PhD Program (SFU Calendar)

This program consists of the following sequential steps for a minimum of 21 units; course requirements, comprehensive exam, thesis prospectus, colloquium presentation, advancement to candidacy, thesis completion, and defence. Students are expected to complete the program requirements within fifteen terms, and are encouraged to complete in less time.

Course Requirements

Students must complete the following

and a prospectus and presentation of colloquium

and a comprehensive exam

and a thesis

Comprehensive Exam

Students write a comprehensive examination prior to candidacy to test general knowledge in archaeology and in three regional or topical areas. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis but the examination or parts thereof may be repeated once, at the department’s discretion.

Advancement to Candidacy

A distinction is made between program enrollment and formal advancement to degree candidacy. A candidate is a student who has successfully completed the advancement to candidacy requirements (defined below).

Formal advancement to PhD candidacy takes place when the following requirements have been met:

  • Completion of three required graduate courses;
  • Completion of ARCH 874;
  • Completion of ARCH 875.

Thesis

The defence topic will be the thesis itself and related subject matter. The thesis should present original, problem-oriented research which makes a significant contribution to knowledge.

Language Requirement

There are no prescribed language requirements but knowledge of a language other than English is desirable. If knowledge of another language is necessary for field work or reading, however, the student will be required to attain the necessary language proficiency.