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Heritage Resource Management

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in heritage resource management (HRM) is a professional graduate program that prepares HRM archaeologists to integrate ethical, legal, business, and research priorities in pursuit of desired futures for treasured legacies from diverse pasts. The program consists of an orientation on the Burnaby campus and four online courses that provide intensive preparation in the essential dimensions of HRM archaeology:

  • law and policy
  • ethics and practice
  • business and management
  • and research design and methods

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Applications to the program will be accepted from candidates who:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, planning, or a related field;
  • Obtained a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5;
  • Professional 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. 1-2 years of professional employment are recommended.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course requirements for a minimum of 20 units.

Students complete all of

ARCH 531 - HRM Law and Policy (5)

Provides a broad survey of international heritage authorities and rules with an emphasis on Heritage Resource Management policy in Canada and the United States. Particular attention is given to how the development of rules and organizations affect archaeological practice. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MA or Certificate in HRM.

ARCH 541 - HRM Professional Practice and Ethics (5)

Focuses upon the complexity of operating within an HRM field characterized by overlapping, and at times contradictory, professional standards and ethics. The emphasis is on opportunities to add value to knowledge creation and mobilization through creative engagements with clients, Indigenous and local communities, governments, partners, and the public. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MA or Certificate in HRM.

ARCH 551 - HRM Business Management (5)

Contextualizes the business of HRM by targeting five clusters of essential concepts and tools in business management: accounting and finance; marketing, sales, and contracting; human resources, labour, economics, corporate governance, and risk management; and business models, innovation, and globalization. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MA or Certificate in HRM.

ARCH 561 - HRM Archaeological Research Design and Methods (5)

Examines the hallmarks of excellent research in HRM archaeology through studies of successful and less successful research designs and methods. The course provides essential guidance for student thesis preparation. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the MA or Certificate in HRM.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in two terms.

Other Information

The certificate will be awarded to students who participate in the cohort orientation and complete the four required courses within three years of enrollment with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Transfer to Master's Program

Students may transfer from the HRM graduate certificate to the HRM master's following the completion of ARCH 531 and ARCH 541 with a minimum CGPA of 3.3 and the approval of the HRM program director.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.