Professional Master's and Graduate Certificate Program in Heritage Resource Management

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Applications are now being accepted.
Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2016, and continue until the cohort is complete.

*Note that the delivery of the programs starting Fall 2016 is contingent on a six-student cohort (minimum).

Program Overview

Beginning September 2016, the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University will offer two post-baccalaureate programs for applied archaeology practitioners: (1) a Professional Master's Degree in Heritage Resource Management (HRM-MA, with thesis) and (2) a Graduate Certificate in Heritage Resource Management Archaeology. 

These  programs are designed for students who hold a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) and have been employed in heritage resource management for a year or more. Both programs have been designed by and for cultural heritage management archaeologists. Both feature four required courses delivered online. Both emphasize the heritage resource management archaeology mandate to integrate ethical, legal, business, and research priorities in pursuit of desired futures for treasured legacies from diverse pasts. The Heritage Resource Management Graduate Certificate is coursework-only; the Heritage Resource Management Masters includes a written thesis.   

Program Goals

  1. Prepare students for satisfying careers as heritage resource management leaders committed to collaborative management of diverse heritage comprised of multiple values.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

Heritage Resource Management Master's Program Elements

Three core elements constitute a world-class learning experience culminating with a thesis tailored to meet requirements for specific jurisdictions and the Register of Professional Archaeologists

  1. 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.
  2. Four, 5-credit hour 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
  3. In-person defence at SFU of a written Master’s thesis prepared in accord with SFU standards and requirements (see FAQs).

Heritage Resource Management Graduate Certificate Program Elements

Two program elements provide training in the four essential dimensions of heritage resource management archaeology: 

  1. 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 (see FAQs).
  2. Four, 5-credit hour 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

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Heritage Management Resource Program graduates will be ready and able to:

  1. Identify and analyse how personal, collective, governmental, and institutional values and interests are linked to heritage and how these values and interests influence management processes and outcomes.
  2. Recognize, describe, and practice heritage resource management as an international, interdisciplinary profession that draws strengths and creates synergies from the integrated application of biophysical science, social science, and humanities to heritage and heritage management.
  3. Compare and apply international, Canadian and U.S. systems for heritage regulation, identification, categorization, evaluation, and treatment.
  4. Identify and engage individuals and groups with interests tied to particular heritage in discussions regarding the values, threats, management priorities, and investigative and interpretive opportunities presented by that heritage and its status.
  5. Plan, prepare, and deliver the results of heritage resource management research.
  6. Identify and put to work reliable knowledge, skills, and expertise relating to heritage resource management law and policy, ethics and practice, business and management, and research planning and methods.

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).

 

Faculty/Associates

John R. Welch
Professor and Program Director

David V. Burley
Professor

Dana S. Lepofsky
Professor

George Nicholas
Professor

Rudolph Reimer
Assistant Professor

Barbara Winter
Museum Curator

Christopher D. Dore
PhD, MBA, Program Consultant

Joanne Hammond
MA, Program Consultant

Michael Klassen
PhD, Program Consultant

David Maxwell
PhD, Program Consultant

Contact Information

Heritage Resource Management Program Director
Professor John R. Welch
welch@sfu.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
gpcarch@sfu.ca
tel: 778.782.4727
fax: 778.782.5666