Crew leader (and SFU Archaeology alumni) Morgan Ritchie works with Eric Simons (another SFU Archaeology alum) on the initial analysis of stone artifacts recovered from an exploratory excavation at the Camp Cove site.

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SFU offers new Professional Master of Arts in Heritage Resource Management

September 28, 2018
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A new Professional Graduate Program in Heritage Resource Management (HRM) in SFU’s Department of Archaeology now offers archaeologists working in the field a new way to earn the graduate degree they need to advance their career.

Developed in collaboration with professionals and organizations in the HRM industry, the program is the only one of its kind in North America to integrate online coursework with a traditional master’s thesis.

The two-year program’s four courses train professional archaeologists in the essential areas of law and policy, ethics, research design, and business. Students can take the program while remaining in their jobs and communities.

The department developed this professional master’s program because undergraduate archaeology students weren’t returning to SFU to earn the graduate degree they need to become registered professional archaeologists.

“SFU Archaeology was doing such a good job with our bachelor’s-level students that many of them treated it like a terminal degree,” says archaeology professor John Welch.

“A BA from SFU Archaeology is a great foundation for almost any career, but research credentials are required for unlimited advancement in the field of heritage resource management.”

The Department of Archaeology began offering the professional graduate program as a cohort special arrangement in fall 2016, and has since enrolled 22 students. The program is endorsed by leaders in academic, industry and Indigenous organizations, including the American Cultural Resources Association, Golder, University of California Berkeley, Archaeological Survey of Alberta, and the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.

“The HRM program at SFU fills an important niche in educating archaeologists, providing the necessary instruction in leadership, community engagement, strategic and critical thinking, and project management,” says Susan M. Chandler, past president of the American Cultural Resources Association.

The professional master’s is open to individuals with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of work experience in heritage resource management. The program is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 cohort.