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 in Toronto.

Full Program Descriptions


Organizations today require engaged, motivated employees who understand how to effectively support organizational goals while enhancing their own skills and knowledge. Becoming a valued advisor to the business is a Human Resources (HR) imperative, and understanding how to effectively demonstrate a set of key behaviours is of upmost importance.

George Brown’s Human Resources Management graduate certificate program comprehensively 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 strategic partner to business units. 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:

  • Describe 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.

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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 


Your Field Education Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of one-semester of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). 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  

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.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B408 program, you must successfully complete the following 13 Mandatory courses and 1 Work Experience Term.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017pdf file
Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018pdf file


Code Course Name 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


Code Course Name Pre-requisite
HRM 4009 Compensation HRM 4003
HRM 4010 Labor 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 Prep Course NONE


Code Course Name Pre-requisite
COOP 4003 or INTN 4003 Work Experience (Coop) / Work Experience (Internship) BUS 4000

Course Exemptions (Four course maximum): The equivalent course must be from a recognized University with a minimum grade of 70% and HRPA (Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario) approved, where applicable.

* September and May intakes will take the HR Seminar Series in Semester 2 and January intakes will take it in Semester 1.

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)

Students who wish to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development 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 Course Name Pre-requisite
HRM 4008 Training & Development HRM 4003 Co-requisite
HRM 2028 Training Design & Delivery HRM 4008
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 4003

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. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Recruiter
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Human Resources Coordinator

Future Study Options 

Students who wish to gain further knowledge and practical experience in training and development 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. Refer to for additional information on this designation.

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


$4,037.00 * †

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 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.

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 who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

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

International (Visa) Students

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Student Success

Success Stories  

Photo of Human Resources Management graduate Caroline Viera"George Brown’s postgraduate Human Resources Management program has been an outstanding stepping stone for me as I enter the HR professional field. I am grateful to the professors for encouraging and supporting all students with the opportunity to excel within the curriculum. The professors have exceptional HR experiences that provide further insight and real-life examples of what we learn. George Brown has provided me with the fundamental skills and knowledge that I will be able to transfer to my professional career."
Caroline Vieira (Graduate 2016, Human Resources Management)
Franklina - Human Resources Management Award Winner

"At the start of this program I vowed I would do my best to achieve nothing short of excellence in the Human Resources postgraduate program, as many people tried to discourage me from pursing a career in Human Resources, since I was coming from a purely science educational background. As a result, a lot of friends and family were not convinced I could make a smooth transition to the business field without starting from an undergraduate business program level. Today I can boldly say I proved myself right in pursuing this program, and I am more committed than ever to the community of George Brown College that has brought me so much joy and success."

Franklina Tawiah (Graduate 2015, Human Resources Management)

Human Resources Management Graduate Paul Koshy

"I got all the real world skills and hands-on experience that I could ask for. A lot of the skills that I learned at George Brown during my program were very transferable. We were practising what we might actually do in the real world as if we were working for an organization already and expected to do these things. Co-op is also one of the biggest elements in any one of these postgraduate programs. They had a real focus on building those relationships with employers. I did my co-op at the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto. I spent about five months there, working as their HR Coordinator and it was an incredible experience." Hear more about Paul Koshy's story in our video.

Paul Koshy (Graduate 2007, Human Resources Management)

Contact Us

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Human Resources Management (Postgraduate) (B408)

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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