Heritage Resource Management - Professional Master's and Certificate Program


The HRM Program is cohort-based, a learning model in which an applicant's capacities to share professional experiences with Program colleagues are at least as important as their undergraduate coursework. For this reason, the application process is more flexible than other graduate programs. Once you decide the HRM Program is right for you, submit your application by 1 May. All applications submitted will be evaluated in early May and the cohort will be filled. Applications will be accepted until the cohort is complete or 15 July, whichever comes first.

Program Overview

SFU’s Department of Archaeology offers two graduate-level programs for applied archaeology practitioners. These programs are for students who hold a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) and have been working in heritage resource management for a year or more.

Designed by and for cultural heritage management archaeologists, both programs feature four online courses, covering ethical, legal, business and research priorities. The Graduate Certificate is coursework-only; the Professional Master’s includes a written thesis.   

(1) The Certificate in Heritage Resource Management has the following requirements:

  i. In-person participation in the Program orientation in the first week of fall term classes to introduce students to their cohort, Program faculty, Program goals and course delivery format, thesis requirements, and British Columbia as a context for heritage resource management practice.
  ii. The completion of four online courses:
• HRM Law and Policy – ARCH 531
• HRM Practice and Ethics – ARCH 541
• HRM Business Management – ARCH 551
• HRM Research Design and Methods – ARCH 561

(2) The Professional Master's Degree in Heritage Resource Management has the following requirements:

  iii. Completion of i. and ii, above, plus a written Master’s thesis and in-person defence at SFU (see FAQs). This thesis is prepared in accord with SFU standards and tailored to meet requirements for specific jurisdictions and the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

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 teaching practical knowledge and skills in each of the field’s four principal areas—law/policy, practice/ethics, business/management, and research design and methods.

Recognize heritage resource management as a diverse and dynamic international field that demands critical and tactical thinking to achieve objects in research, compliance, commerce, and community engagement and development.

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.

First Cohort September 2016

For further information, or to placed on a mail list for program updates, contact the Program Director, Professor John R. Welch (welch@sfu.ca), or the Graduate Program Assistant in the Department of Archeology (gpcarch@sfu.ca).


Heritage Resource Management Program Director
Professor John R. Welch

Graduate Program Assistant
tel: 778.782.4727
fax: 778.782.5666