HRM Applications and Costs


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.  Applications will be accepted until the cohort is complete or until July 15th, 2018 (whichever comes first).

Who Should Apply?

We invite applications from heritage resource management professionals with strong writing and research skills, a commitment to the HRM field, and support from employers for professional development. Applications from citizens of Indigenous and non-Western nations are especially encouraged. 

Admission requirements

Prospective applicants should review the SFU graduate program admission standards. The Heritage Resource Management Program will consider applications that meet or exceed the following requirements:

  a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, planning, or a related field; and
  professional (paid) experience working in heritage resource management or a related field, including at least some experience in lab work, field work, planning and consultation, and project and budget management.

What must the application include?

Applicants must use the SFU online application system to provide the following materials:

  official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended by the applicant*;
  true copies of three signed letters of reference, including one from a supervisor who has worked closely with the applicant in the 12 months prior to the application date (this is all done online by the referee);
  an up-to-date resume that details all or most professional HRM field and laboratory experience and research products, including consulting reports (not to exceed 6 pages);
  a preliminary 2-page thesis prospectus that uses the .doc format provided below to demonstrate applicant understanding of and facility with planning and designing research.

The Heritage Resource Management Program adheres to all SFU General Graduate Regulations, including the SFU policies regarding applications by students whose primary language is not English.  

Application to the Heritage Resource Management Program does not require completion of the GRE or GMAT.  

        *Original transcripts should be addressed to:

Graduate Program Assistant
Archaeology, EDB 9635
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

If you attended SFU, you are not required to provide an SFU transcript.  We still  require transcripts from all other institutions you have attended.

How are the applications reviewed and decisions made?

All applications that meet the requirements set out above will be reviewed by the Program Director and Faculty Steering Group. Applicants with more heritage resource management experience and better writing skills will have a competitive edge. There are no separate application requirements for international (non-Canadian) applicants.

Applicants may check the status of applications by logging in to the SFU admissions system with the User ID and Password provided through that system. Select 'View Application Status' from the Application Services page. Through the Application Services page, you can also update your personal information and review the status of required materials required prior to the evaluation of your application (e.g., transcripts, references, etc.). Information displayed in the system is updated as items are received.


(Subject to approval by SFU's Board of Governors and to a 2% annual increase each year)

Tuition for the HRM Master's is $26,520* and covers enrollment in:

  • the two required fall term courses (ARCH 531 and 541), and
  • the two required spring term courses (ARCH 551 and 561), and
  • the thesis preparation course (ARCH 898) for three terms following the two terms of coursework.

HRM Master's tuition is paid to register for five consecutive terms: $5,304** per term.

Tuition for the HRM Certificate is $14,374* and covers enrollment in the four required courses (ARCH 531, 541, 551, and 561).

HRM Certificate tuition is paid to register for two consecutive terms: $7,187 per term. 

HRM Certificate students must complete program requirements in five consecutive terms.

View the current graduate program fees here, by expanding on the Faculty of Environment menu.

*In addition to tuition, students will pay ancillary fees. It is the responsibility of the student to opt out of an inapplicable services.

**A term fee will be charged for the first five terms, and then a 50% continuing fee per term will be applied for the remainder of the program. The minimum total program tuition for the Heritage Resource Management MA program is set at $26,000 if entered in 2016/2017, or $26,520 if entered in 2017/2018.


Internship/Research Funding 
Between 2019-2021, two Mitacs Accelerate research internships will be available to HRM students. Interns will receive up to $15,000 in support to work with Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council and Teck Highland Valley Copper Operations representatives on one of the following priority projects:

  • Application of remote sensing data, including LIDAR, in archaeological survey. 
  • Lithic sourcing analysis and regional movement of lithic materials. 
  • Evaluation and application of GPS and survey instruments for site mapping. 
  • Analysis of collected matrix samples (palaeobotanial analysis and/or palynology).
  • Re-analysis of lithic assemblages (including significant collections housed at the Royal BC Museum).

To be considered for this funding opportunity, prospective students should include in their program application a clear statement of their interest and capacities to pursue thesis research in one of these priority areas.  


Student Fees, Additional Costs

HRM students have privileges and responsibilities similar to other SFU graduate students, including access to research support services available through the SFU Library and Teaching and Learning Centre. SFU students  are required to pay various fees for each term they are enrolled. Students who submit proof of residence away from Vancouver and of medical coverage from another source may obtain full or partial fee waivers. See

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

There is no added tuition or registration cost for international students.

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 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.


Students in the HRM Master's Program beyond their fifth term will pay $2,600 per term for continuing registration.

Students in the HRM Certificate Program beyond their second term will pay $3,425 for each course needed for program completion.


HRM Certificate students may 'ladder' into the HRM MA after obtaining permission from the HRM Program Director and paying the tuition difference: $12,300, the cost per credit hour for the 18-credit Thesis Preparation course, ARCH 898. 

Why is the Heritage Resource Management Program more expensive than other graduate programs at SFU?

The HRM Program is an intensive learning experience specifically designed for working professionals. No other students may enrol in or audit the courses. The courses are delivered by SFU faculty and heritage resource management industry professionals, with many decades of heritage resource management and teaching experience.


In order to encourage applicants from outside Canada and the U.S., international students pay the same amount as Canadians, except the higher cost of medical coverage.

What financial aid is available?

Candidates in professional graduate programs are not eligible for SFU financial aid. Providing they meet all other eligibility requirements, HRM master’s candidates can participate in competitions for SFU Private Awards and for external awards, including (for Canadian citizens) TriCouncil (SSHRC/NSERC/CIHR) Master's Scholarships

SFU Archaeology will continue efforts to raise funds for the future and to facilitate partnerships with student employers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their employers to develop mutually beneficial arrangements to build individual and organizational capacities and profiles through graduate training and research projects.