Business – Human Resources Program (B134)

Business - Human Resources
School of Human Resources
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
The Human Resources program at George Brown College will provide students with a practical approach to human resources management that prepares them for a variety of careers within this growing field.

Full Program Descriptions


The Human Resources program at George Brown College will provide students with a practical approach to human resources management that prepares them for a variety of careers within this growing field. They will learn to design human resources policies and programs that adhere to employment legislation; attract, retain and develop a productive workforce; manage employee diversity; ensure health and safety at the workplace; and advise on employee/labour relations.


Our program enables you to work towards obtaining the professional designations offered through the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario (HRPA).

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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I None
COMM 1007 College English None
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications None
HRM 1029 Principles of Human Resource Management I None
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing I None
MATH 1008 Math for Business & Management I None
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations None


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ACCT 1036 Principles of Accounting None
BUS 1040 Project Management None
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM 1007
COMP 1190 Computer Applications for HR Students COMP 1010
HRM 1030 Principles of Human Resource Management II HRM 1029
MATH 1095 Math for Business & Management II MATH 1008
Select One General Education Elective


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
ECON 1034 Introduction to Economics None
HRM 2002 Training & Development** HRM 1030
HRM 2003 Recruitment and Selection HRM 1030
LAW 1006 Employment and Human Rights Law HRM 1030
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
Select One General Education Elective


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
HRM 2021 Compensation HRM 1029
HRM2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1029
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
HSAF 1001 Workplace Health & Safety HRM 1030
Select One General Education Elective
Select Field Education Course or Business Elective

Detailed course outlines

To see the list of General Education Electives click here.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates will be trained to assume entry-level positions in human resource departments. Potential positions may include:

  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Human Resources Support

Future Study Options 

There are many pathways into the Business - Human Resources Diploma B134 program including high school, work, and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through the Business Administration – Human Resources Advanced Diploma, a professional credential or designation, or a college or university degree. This program has a pathway to the Business Administration - Human Resources B144/B154 3-year advanced diploma program.

For information on future study options, see

Tuition and Fees


$3,467.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit for more information.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in these programs.

Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

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International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Apply To  

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

Centre for Business

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2160


Our office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, you may also visit or call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.
George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.