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 Business – Human Resources program at George Brown College provides 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 Business – Human Resources program at George Brown College in Toronto provides 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
  • 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). For information about obtaining professional designations in HR, please contact the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario.

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Part Time Study Options  

George Brown Continuing Education offers courses and a part-time certificate program in Human Resources Management. You can view these courses at

Field Education 

Optional Field Education Course (BUS 1067)

Your Field Education Options 

In addition to on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide field education opportunities with real-world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B134 program, you need to complete 27 courses: 23 Mandatory courses, 1 Business Elective and 3 General Education Electives.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1008. COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 27 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester One, Two, Three and Four): You must complete 4 General Education courses (one per semester). 1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate. You can make up these courses during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education. Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program. Note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018pdf file 


semester courses
Code Courses 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


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT1036 Principles of Accounting NONE
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM 1007
HRM 2004 Human Resources Info Systems HRM 1029
HRM 1030 Principles Of Human Resource Management II HRM 1029
MATH 1095 Math for Business & Management II MATH 1008
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses 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


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
HRM 2021 Compensation HRM 1029
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1029
HSAF 1001 Workplace Health & Safety HRM 1030
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective
Select Field Education Course or Business Elective

Note: Students interested in pursuing a degree program are recommended to take Microeconomics and/or Macroeconomics as a Business Elective.

Note: Our applicable HR courses have been approved by the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario (HRPA) and students may choose to pursue an HRPA designation offered by them.

To see the list of General Education Electives click here.

Detailed course outlines


Business Electives

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1044 Business Law None
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business I COMP 1010
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034
MGMT 1018 International Business MARK 1020
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
HRM 2005 Human Resources Planning HRM 1030
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT 1036
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills MARK 1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1095
ECON 1031 Microeconomics None
BUS 1067 Field Education By Application Only
HRM 2023 Labour Relations HRM 1030
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics None

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates will be trained to assume entry-level positions in human resource departments and can find employment in the following areas:

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Compensation
  • Benefits Administration
  • Human Resources Customer Service
  • Career Planning and Development

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 three-year advanced diploma program.

For information on future study options, see

Tuition and Fees


$4,096.00 *

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

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

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

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International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories  

Abhiman Vigneswaran, 2016 Graduate, Human Resources Program

"These last two years at George Brown College have been the best two years of my life. From the very beginning to the very end, George Brown has taught me everything I need to know to succeed in the real world and for that, I am forever grateful. It was more than just knowledge and skills as I had the luxury of working with welcoming professors and colleagues who eventually became close friends. I am certain that my experiences at George Brown will help me find success!"

Abhiman Vigneswaran (Graduate 2016, Business – Human Resources)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business – Human Resources (B134)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact one of the Co-ordinators:

Julie Bulmash, Program Co-ordinator



Angie Gorassi, Program Co-ordinator



Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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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.

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