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 will provide you with a practical approach to human resources management, preparing you for a variety of careers within this exciting and growing field.


Program name
Business Administration – Human Resources
Experiential learning
Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

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 Centre for Business program, B154, is part of our School of Human Resources and is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Human Resources without work experience should apply to B144.

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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

Experiential Learning

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Study 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 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.

B154 program students
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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Contribute to the planning and implementation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention strategies.
  2. Administer and facilitate the performance management program.
  3. Coordinate and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee orientation, training, and development programs.
  4. Implement and support effective employee and labour relations strategies in both non-union and union environments.
  5. Administer and communicate the organization’s total compensation plan.
  6. Collaborate with others in the implementation and monitoring of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
  7. Contribute to the identification of information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
  8. Contribute to organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.
  9. Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.
  10. Develop, implement, and evaluate personal professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
  11. Identify and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.
  12. Contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B154 program, you need to complete 37 courses: 27 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 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
BUS 1038Business Concepts INONE
COMM 1007College EnglishNONE
COMP 1010Business Computer ApplicationsNONE
HRM 1029Principles of Human Resource Management INONE
MARK 1020Principles of Marketing INONE
MATH 1008Math for Business & Management INONE


semester courses
ACCT 1036Principles of AccountingNONE
BUS 1040Project ManagementNONE
COMM 1034Professional Communications ICOMM 1007
HRM 2004Human Resources Info SystemsHRM 1029 & COMP 1010
HRM 1030Principles Of Human Resource Management IIHRM 1029
MATH 1095Math for Business & Management IIMATH 1008


semester courses
ACCT 2031Managerial AccountingACCT 1036
HRM 2002Training & Development**HRM 1030
PSY 1129Organizational BehaviourNONE
STAT 1012Business StatisticsMATH 1095
GHUM 1087Successful Social RelationsNONE
HRM 2003Recruitment and SelectionHRM 1030
BUS 1000*Work Experience Prep CourseCOMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
*This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B154)


semester courses
ECON 1034Introduction to EconomicsNONE
HRM 2021CompensationHRM 1029
HSAF 1001Workplace Health & SafetyHRM 1030
LAW 1006Employment and Human Rights LawHRM 1030
STS 1037Career Planning & DevelopmentNONE
Select One Business Elective


semester courses
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance Management **HRM 1029
HRM 2023Labour RelationsHRM 1030
Select Two Business Electives
Select Two General Education Electives


semester courses
CodeCoursesPre-requisite (N/A)
HRM 2005Human Resources PlanningHRM 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
HRM 2002Training & DevelopmentHRM 1030
HRM 2028Training Design & DeliveryHRM 2002
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 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
CodeCoursesMinimum GradePre-requisite
BUS 1084Payroll Compliance Legislation*65% (C)None
BUS 1085Payroll Fundamentals 1*65% (C)BUS 1084
ACCT 1036Principles of Accounting65% (C) or (50% for GBC Credit)None
BUS 1086Payroll Fundamentals 2*65% (C)BUS 1085 & ACCT 1036
TBAPayroll Processing ApplicationPassBUS 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
CodeBusiness ElectivesPre-requisite
BUS 1044Business LawNone
COMP 1113Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
COMP 1115Business Computer Applications IICOMP 1010
CMMK 1127The Business Media in CanadaCOMM 1034
HRM 2028Training Design & Delivery**HRM 2002
HRM 3005International Human Resources ManagementHRM 1029
CMMK 1156Talking BusinessCOMM 1034
BUS 1084Payroll Compliance Legislation ***None
BUS 1085Payroll Fundamentals 1 ***BUS 1084
BUS 1041Small Business ManagementBUS 1038
CMMK 1114Business Research & Report WritingCOMM 1034
MARK 2053Negotiation SkillsNONE
MGMT 3014Field Based Advanced CoachingHRM 2027 and by interview only
MGMT 4009Operations ManagementMATH 1095
BUS 3015Applied Business PlanningACCT 2031, MARK 1020, MATH 1008 & HRM 1030
MGMT 2026The Successful Project ManagerBUS 1040 & COMP 1115
BUS 1086Payroll Fundamentals 2 ***BUS 1085 & ACCT 1036
ECON 1031MicroeconomicsNone
ECON 1032MacroeconomicsNone

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.


$4,273.00 * †

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 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 $500 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $500 for the second Work Experience semester.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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 and no OSSD)

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

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Success Stories

Sianna Misheva

"George Brown College has been the most influential institution in my life. It gave me a platform to develop my personal brand and grow my professional skills, as well as a supportive community that is filled with collaboration and a common goal of improvement. Most importantly, it taught me the importance and joy of contributing to society and treating everyone with dignity. It inspired curiosity and the pursuit of excellence!"

Sianna Misheva (Graduate 2019, 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 (Graduate 2018, Business Administration – Human Resources)

Kyle Jelovic, HR award winner

"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 (Graduate 2017, Business Administration – Human Resources), Recruiting Specialist, The Bagg Group

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Information Sessions

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Domestic Students Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions web page.

International Student Admissions

For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits and visas, accommodations, or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at or visit George Brown International.
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2115


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Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions or choose to book your appointment using the link provided.

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Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Business Administration – Human Resources (B144/B154)

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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This program is offered out of our School of Human Resources and classes take place at our St. James Campus, mainly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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