Heritage Resource Management Professional Program


A professional online master's program built by and for cultural heritage management practitioners.

Choose from a thesis-based MA or a coursework-only certificate, both offering integrated study of HRM's ethical, legal, business and research priorities.  Online coursework accommodates students with family and professional obligations.  MA thesis requirements comply with the Register for Professional Archaeologists and other jurisdictional standards.

Applicants should hold a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) and have, at a minimum, one year of work experience in heritage resource management.


On-Campus Orientation Four Online Courses Intensive Collaboration Thesis Defence
Held in the first week of fall courses. Delivered over two terms, the HRM coursework covers ethical, legal, business, and research priorities. SFU faculty will support the design and delivery of your MA thesis. Juried defences take place on SFU campus.

All application materials for the 2021 cohort are due before July 27, 2021. 


"All of the candidates are being challenged to think outside the excavation unit, improve our business communication skills, and develop conceptual and analytic frameworks for archaeological and business applications."

Casey O'Neill, RPCA, Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates, Ltd.


"Our class discussions of professional ethics and legislations remain closely tethered to real-world frameworks of professional HRM practice."

Megan Vanderwel, Cultural Resource Officer, BC Oil and Gas Commission


"To be better at archaeology we need to understand the social, political and physical world we work in.  The SFU HRM Program caters to those needs.  I could not be happier about my decision to enroll in the program."

Christian Meier, Archaeological Field Supervisor, Stantec Consulting Ltd.


"The Research Design & Methods course is structured so that assignments become part of our theses, so there's no wasted effort.  Brilliant!"

Whitney Spearing, Archaeologist & Natural Resources Coordinator, Sugar Cane Archaeology/Williams Lake Indian Band


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