Human Resources Management Program (Postgraduate) (B408)

Human Resources Management
School of Human Resources
St. James Campus
12 months (2 semesters in-class, 1 semester work experience)
September, January, May
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Change is inevitable in today’s business world. As companies embrace the challenges of adapting and enhancing their organizations, they must look to the strength of their people. An organization’s success depends largely on attracting and retaining the right people, developing employees to achieve maximum potential and ensuring their efforts are rewarded. The Human Resources Management program gives you these skills.

Full Program Descriptions



Organizations today require an engaged, motivated workforce who understands how to effectively support organizational goals while enhancing their own skills and knowledge. Becoming a valued advisor to the business is an HR imperative, but understanding how to effectively demonstrate these key behaviours is of upmost importance.

George Brown’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate program is comprehensive and covers the key HR functions in this exciting field. Taught by seasoned HR professionals with industry experience, the program blends business-related theory and practical application to highlight how HR functions as a strategy partner in business. Students explore the role of the HR department and the key accountability requirements to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in a work-related setting.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand how employment legislation impacts human resources.
  • Design human resources policies and programs.
  • Facilitate employee training and development.
  • Ensure health and safety in the workplace.
  • Recruit and select employees.
  • Promote diversity.
  • Manage performance.
  • Recommend strategic change initiatives.
  • Develop a total rewards system.
  • Manage employee/labour relations.
  • Create a comprehensive human resources plan.


For those students who wish to pursue the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP), all applicable courses in the B408 program are HRPA-approved. The courses prepare students to write the National Knowledge Exam offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Refer to for requirements and additional information on this designation.


  • Fast – be job-ready in as little as 12 months!
  • Practical, real-life learning experiences
  • Faculty with significant business-related HR experience
  • Up-to-date curriculum
  • Industry speakers and events
  • Co-op or internship work experience
  • Future study options

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Part Time Study Options  

George Brown Continuing Education offers courses and a part-time certificate program in Human Resources Management, as well as courses designed to prepare students for the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) exams. You can view these courses at

Field Education 


Your Field Study Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of a one-semester work experience term to graduate.  George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential paid and unpaid work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

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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 


Code Courses (Mandatory) Co-requisite
ACCT 4005 Financial Accounting   None
BUS 4017 Project Management   None
HRM 4003 Human Resource Management   None
HRM 4004 Organizational Effectiveness   None
HRM 4005 Recruitment and Selection   HRM 4003  
HRM 4008 Training and Development ** HRM 4003  

**See Training and Development Stream (TDS)


Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
HRM 4009 Compensation   HRM 4003  
HRM 4010 Labour Relations and Collective Agreements   HRM 4003  
HRM 4011 Employment and Human Rights Law   HRM 4003  
HRM 4012 Human Resources Planning   HRM 4003  
HRM 4013 Occupational Health and Safety   HRM 4003  
HRM 4015 HR Seminar Series***   HRM 4003  
BUS 4000 Work Experience Preparation None

Work Experience Semester

Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
COOP 4003 OR INTN4003 Work Experience Semester BUS 4000  

*** Please note for January intakes, students take HR Seminar Series (HRM 4015) in their first semester.

**Training & Development Stream (TDS)

For those students wishing to obtain an optional stream in training and development which will enable them to pursue the Certified Training & Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through the Canadian Society of Training & Development (CSTD) the following courses are required:

Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite Co-requisite
HRM 4008 Training & Development None HRM 4003
HRM 2028 Training Design & Delivery HRM 4008 None
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 4003 None

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of this program will be equipped to enter a wide range of positions across a broad spectrum of public and private sector organizations such as financial institutions, retail, general business, manufacturing, government, legal firms, human resources consulting firms and not for profit organizations. Students will develop the skills and knowledge to enter into the human resources field and be ready to move up the career ladder. Some examples of positions include:

  • human resources generalist
  • recruitment specialist
  • compensation and benefit coordinator
  • training specialist
  • labour relations coordinator
  • human resources analyst
  • talent management advisor
  • health and safety coordinator

Future Study Options 

For those students wishing to pursue an optional Training and Development Stream, George Brown College offers courses that may be applied towards the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation offered through The Institute for Performance and Learning. Refer to for additional information on this designation.

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There are many pathways into the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate B408 program including work, college programs and university programs. After graduating from the program, students can begin their career or further their education through other professional credentials or designations.

Tuition and Fees


$3,783.00 *

Additional Cost 

This program includes 1 Work Experience semester. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of the Work Experience semester. The Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and Work Experience semester.

*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  

  • Bachelor's Degree

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts where English proficiency results are not supplied must test at the College level in the George Brown College English admissions assessment to be considered.

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Course Exemptions

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

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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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.