HRM Applications and Costs


APPLY SOON: Applications to join our next cohort will be accepted from October 21, 2019 – May 31, 2020


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.

Applicants that meet or exceed the following requirements will be considered:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, planning, or a related field; and
  • 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.

Prospective applicants should review the SFU graduate program admission standards.

We welcome inquiries about program eligibility. Please contact John R. Welch (, HRM Program Director with any questions.


Applicants should follow the application process instructions found on the SFU graduate studies website.

HRM Masters and Certificate program applications must include the following materials:

  • Resume that details all or most professional HRM field and laboratory experience and research products, including consulting reports (not to exceed 6 pages);
  • Preliminary 2-page thesis prospectus to demonstrate applicant understanding of and facility with planning and designing research. This should be submitted using the following template in an editable word document format.  You can find the template here: Yourlastname_ThesisProspectus.docx;
  • Three references. 3 referees must be identified in your application. The referee system is online, and your referees are emailed a secure link where they are able to enter or upload a confidential reference for your application;
  • Official paper transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended by the applicant. If you attended SFU, you are not required to provide an SFU transcript, but we still require transcripts from any other institutions you have attended. Original transcripts should be addressed to:
             Graduate Program Assistant
             Archaeology, EDB 9635
             8888 University Drive
             Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
  • 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.  

    Please contact Kristina Pohl (, Archaeology Department Graduate Program Assistant, if you have any questions about how to apply to the program.


(Subject to approval by SFU's Board of Governors and to a 2% annual increase each year. Please see the calendar for current approved tuition costs.)

Master’s in Heritage Resource Management

Tuition for 2018/2019 entry
$5,410 CAD per term, for five consecutive terms*
$27,050 CAD total tuition*
* Subject to approval by SFU’s Board of Governors

Tuition for 2017/2018 entry
$5,304 CAD per term, for five consecutive terms
$26,520 CAD total tuition

Tuition for 2016/2017 entry
$5,200 CAD per term, for five consecutive terms  
$26,000 CAD total tuition

Note: The 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 2016/17, $26,520 if entered in 2017/18, or $27,050 if entered in 2018/19.

Certificate in Heritage Resource Management

Tuition for 2018/2019 entry
$712.68 CAD per unit, for four courses (each course is 5 units)*
A course supplemental fee of $100 CAD per course will also be charged.
$14,653.60 CAD total tuition*
*Subject to approval by SFU’s Board of Governors

Tuition for 2017/2018 entry
$698.70 CAD per unit, for four courses (each course is 5 units)
A course supplemental fee of $100 CAD per course will also be charged.
$14,374 CAD total tuition  

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

Before completing the certificate requirements, HRM Certificate candidates may transfer into the HRM MA by obtaining permission from the HRM Program Director and paying the tuition difference.

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


Student Fees
In addition to tuition, students will pay ancillary fees. HRM students have privileges and responsibilities similar to other SFU graduate students, including access to research support services available through the SFU Library, the Library Research Commons and the Teaching and Learning Centre. It is the responsibility of the student to opt out of any inapplicable services. Students who submit proof of residence away from Vancouver and of medical coverage from another source may obtain full or partial fee waivers. See Graduate Tuition Fees.

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

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 also 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.


HRM Master’s candidates are encouraged to apply for funding through the following sources:

Candidates in professional graduate programs are not eligible for Canada Student Loans/Grants, or SFU bursaries through SFU Financial Aid.

Mitacs Accelerate Research Internships
Between 2019 and 2022, and contingent on final funding approval, several Mitacs Accelerate research internships will be available to HRM Master’s candidates. The Mitacs interns will receive up to $15,000 in stipend and research funding 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.  

Full-time students in the Heritage Resource Management Professional Master's and Certificate Programs are eligible to apply for bursary funding through SFU. 

Bursaries are granted based on demonstrated financial need. Students are expected to plan to cover most of their expenses themselves. Funding cannot be guaranteed, and approved allocations are disbursed toward the middle of each term.

The application period generally falls in the first three weeks of each term. For further details,including eligibility requirements and specific application due dates and materials, see


The HRM program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans as it is a professional program.

The HRM program is not eligible for U.S. Federal Direct Loan funding as it is a distance program (PDF link).