Business Administration - Human Resources Program (with work experience) (B154)

Business Administration – Human Resources
School of Human Resources
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
In today’s rapidly changing business world, organizations are realizing that their greatest asset is their employees, and that effective people management is a key factor in their overall success. The Business Administration – Human Resources (with work experience) program at George Brown College in Toronto will provide you with a practical approach to human resources management, preparing you for a variety of careers within this exciting and growing field.

Full Program Descriptions


In today’s rapidly changing business world, organizations are realizing that their greatest asset is their employees, and that effective people management is a key factor in their overall success. The Business Administration – Human Resources (with work experience) program will provide you with a practical approach to human resources management, preparing you for a variety of careers within this exciting and growing field. You will learn how 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.

This program (B154) is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Human Resources without work experience should apply to B144.

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 


Your Field Education Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work term experience to graduate. This work experience is either Co-op (paid) or Internship (unpaid). Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential 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.

In addition to more formal 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  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. 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. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B144 program, you need to complete 36 courses:  26 Mandatory courses, 7 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives. For the B154 program you need to take an additional course Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience Terms.

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 36 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 Three, Five, and Six):  You must complete 4 General Education courses.  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 2016-2017pdf file
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


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 1036 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


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT 1036
HRM 2002 Training & Development** HRM 1030
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
HRM 2003 Recruitment and Selection  HRM 1030
BUS 1000 *Work Experience Prep Course COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
*This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B154)


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ECON 1034 Introduction to Economics NONE
HRM 2021 Compensation HRM 1029
HSAF 1001 Workplace Health & Safety HRM 1030
LAW 1006 Employment and Human Rights Law  
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development  
Select One Business Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management ** HRM 1029
HRM 2023 Labour Relations HRM 1030
Select Two Business Electives
Select Two General Education Electives


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite (N/A)
HRM 2005 Human Resources Planning HRM 1030
Select Four Business Electives
Select One General Education 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.

**Training & Development Stream (TDS)

For those students wishing to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development, they may pursue an optional stream in this area. Upon successful completion of the Training and Development Stream, students may choose to pursue the Certified Training and Development Professional Designation (CTDP) offered through The Institute of Performance and Learning.

semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
HRM 2002 Training & Development HRM 1030
HRM 2028 Training Design & Delivery HRM 2002
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1029

*** Payroll Practitioner Stream (PPS)

The Payroll Practitioner Stream (PPS) is an optional stream for students interested in gaining additional knowledge and practical experience in the area of Payroll Administration. Upon successful completion of the Payroll Practitioner Stream, students may choose to pursue the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation offered through the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

semester courses
Code Courses Minimum Grade Pre-requisite
BUS 1084 Payroll Compliance Legislation* 65% (C) None
BUS 1085 Payroll Fundamentals 1* 65% (C) BUS 1084
ACCT 1036 Principles of Accounting 65% (C) or (50% for GBC Credit) None
BUS 1086 Payroll Fundamentals 2* 65% (C) BUS 1085 & ACCT 1036
TBA Payroll Processing Application Pass BUS 1084 & BUS 1085

* Additional costs through the Canadian Payroll Association are required.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Business Elective Courses for Business Administration - Human Resources

elective courses
Code Business Electives 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
HRM 2028 Training Design & Delivery** HRM 2002
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
BUS 1084 Payroll Compliance Legislation *** None
BUS 1085 Payroll Fundamentals 1 *** BUS 1084
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
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 2031, MARK 1020, MATH 1008 & HRM 1030
MGMT 2026 The Successful Project Manager BUS 1040 & COMP 1115
MGMT 2035 Field-Based Consulting – Field Work Successful Completion of Semester 3, by interview only
BUS 1067 Field Education For Non-Coop Students, by interview only
BUS 1086 Payroll Fundamentals 2 *** BUS 1085 & ACCT 1036
ECON 1031 Microeconomics None
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics None

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 and human resources consulting firms. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Human Resources Coordinator
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Recruitment 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.

Students who have successfully completed the three-year Business Administration – Human Resources advanced diploma with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible for block transfer admission into semester 5 of the Human Resources Strategy and Technology degree program at Seneca College. For more information, please visit

For information on additional future study options, see

There are many pathways into the Business Administration - Human Resources Administration Advanced Diploma B154 (Work Experience) program including high school, work, the Business Human Resources Diploma program and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate such as the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate, a professional credential or designation, or a college or university degree.

Tuition and Fees


$3,716.00 * †

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 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester.

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)

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 Proficiency

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

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

Please visit for more details

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories  

Carolina Giraldo-Lopez, 2016 graduate, Business Administration - Human Resources

"I had an amazing experience at George Brown College. I chose a wonderful career where I had the immense fortune to meet great fellow classmates and teachers, who not only taught us the key concepts in the class but also encouraged us to be successful in the field. George Brown College also helped me to fulfil my academic experience by being the bridge that allowed me to be part of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games during my co-op terms, which had a great impact on my career and future."

Carolina Giraldo-Lopez (Graduate 2016, Business Administration – Human Resources)

Ron Greenberg, Business Administration - Human Resources Student

"My advice to future students would be to always get academic advising in your program to make sure you're on the right track to success. Make sure that you use the resources available to you: Tutoring & Learning Centre, Academic Advising, Peerconnect, Career Centre, Counselling and much more! Try to strike a balance between studies and extracurricular activities and you'll find the school more rewarding. Plus, you will be more attractive to employers."

Ron Greenberg (Student, Business Administration – Human Resources)

Kyle Jelovic, HR award winner

"My second semester at George Brown College in the Business Administration – Human Resources program was both challenging and extremely rewarding. The information that was presented to me and the assignments I completed have allowed me to grow not only professionally but also personally. I know I will continue to learn more about myself and my career interests as my immersion in the program continues.

I have been fortunate enough to gain an excellent experience in my first co-op placement at a top recruiting firm. I thoroughly feel the skills and knowledge I have gained through the program at George Brown College, in combination with my experiences at this co-op placement, will prepare me in the best ways possible for what I hope will be a meaningful career."

Kyle Jelovic (Student, Business Administration – Human Resources)

Richard Tate

"While the Business Administration  Human Resources program provided a solid foundation for a successful career, the additional support George Brown College has to offer made it possible to achieve my goals and to continue to develop myself beyond the classroom."  

Richard Tate (Graduate 2013, Business Administration – Human Resources)

Contact Us

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 Business Administration – Human Resources (B144/B154)

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

Julie Bulmash, Program Coordinator


Angie Gorassi, Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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