“The HRM program addresses a critical gap in education and will undoubtedly raise the level of professionalism in commercial heritage management circles. This will benefit the discipline of archaeology, practitioners, project proponents, government, and most importantly, descendant communities.” — Andrew Mason, Principal, Golder Cultural Heritage

“[T]his program is one of the best able to train the cultural resource management archaeologists needed to do the complicated work that our communities deserve….This is the program I wish had existed when I was a Master’s student.” — W. A. White, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

“As in many other jurisdictions, Alberta requires practicing archaeologists to have completed a thesis-based, post-graduate degree in archaeology or anthropology. The SFU Master’s program fulfills this thesis requirement at high academic standards” — Darryl Bereziuk, Director, Archaeological Survey of Alberta

“The program curriculum’s focus on policy and ethics, as well as management and research, is particularly appropriate for and attractive to Indigenous archaeologists and those who work for and with Native communities.” — David Schaepe, Director, Stó:lō RRMC

“The HRM Program at SFU thus fills an important niche. . . providing the necessary instruction in leadership, community engagement, strategic and critical thinking, and project management.” — Susan M. Chandler, SAA President; Past President, ACRA

What our students say

"After getting my MA in HRM, I have been promoted in my company. I prepare proposals, manage projects, serve as supervisor to our field technicians, lead field and reporting efforts, and I now meet the federal qualifications to become a principal investigator." — Katie Settle, Staff Archaeologist, Cardno, Indianapolis, IN

“The courses are really valuable and I’m enjoying them. I’ve learned a lot in a very short period of time. The business course is super helpful for me as a project manager.  Understanding the workings of corporate business and budgeting gives me the extra skills and the confidence to be more competent in my job.” — Leslie LeBourdais, GIS Analyst\Archaeologist, Tk'emlups te Secwepemc

"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.

"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

"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

"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.