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Department of Archaeology | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

Heritage Resource Management

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the MA program in Heritage Resource Management, a student must satisfy the university admission requirements for a master's program as stated in Section 1.3.3 of the Graduate Admission section of the SFU calendar, and the student must hold a bachelor's degree, or equivalent in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field.

The Archaeology Graduate Admissions Committee may offer, at its discretion, MA admission to exceptional students without an undergraduate degree in Archaeology, Anthropology or a related field. Minimally we require demonstrated competence in field archaeology or a cognate domain of professional practice in Heritage Resource Management.

Students who do not have the proper background in Heritage Resource Management are advised to obtain this background through participation in Heritage Resource Management activities and programs, especially heritage site identification, significance assessment, and impact avoidance or reduction.

Program Requirements

Students will complete 38 units of graduate work. These units are divided into two sections: 20 credits of graduate course work and 18 credits of thesis work.

Course Work

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
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.

ARCH 898 - MA Thesis (18)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD
G300 TBD


After completion of the four required courses, students advance to candidacy and complete and defend the thesis. The defense topic should be the thesis itself and related matters. It should be focused on problem-oriented research in the Heritage Resource Management field, involving the conceptualization of a problem, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. It should not normally exceed 70 pages of text. Students are required to complete the MA thesis in a maximum of three terms of full-time enrolment.

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.