Human Resources Management Program (Online) (Postgraduate) (B428)

  • Program Name:
    Human Resources Management
  • Code: B428
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    12 months (2 semesters in-class, 1 semester work experience)
  • Centre:
  • School: Human Resources
  • Location: Online
  • Starting Months: January, May, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $5,070.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:

    Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required.

  • Spring 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 2: Online; Semester 3: Co-op

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Program Overview

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 online postgraduate program at George Brown College in Toronto gives you these skills. 

This program is part of the online postgraduate certificate programs.

The online postgraduate certificates offer working professionals the flexibility of a fully online program scheduled in the evening and weekends.

  • Study online from the comfort of home while joining other students across Canada in live, instructor-led classes.
  • Develop professional skills in just 8 months of study followed by a 4-month work term in a format convenient to you and your busy weekday commitments.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is also offered full-time in person (COVID restrictions may result in changes to delivery).Please see Human Resources Management Postgraduate program (B408) for additional details.

Full Description

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 utmost importance.

George Brown’s Human Resources Management online postgraduate 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 B428 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.

This program is also offered full-time in person (COVID restrictions may result in changes to delivery). Students who wish to apply for the full-time in-person Human Resources Management Postgraduate program (B408), should apply to B408.

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Human Resources.

Technical Requirements:

  • A computer that runs on Windows 10 or the latest Mac OSX, has the latest updates applied and has up to date virus protection software
    • Windows 10 ARM64 devices are not recommended as they will not allow you to install AppsAnywhere and the Cisco AnyConnect client
  • High-speed broadband access (Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. Some programs or courses require more advanced systems
  • Headphones or speaker and a microphone for in-class conversations and meetings with your professors
  • A webcam (may be required for specific courses)
  •  Individual courses may have additional hardware requirements
  • A web browser, such as Safari, Firefox, MS Edge, Google Chrome

PLEASE NOTE: mobile devices may allow for some participation in your course(s), however there are limitations and we cannot guarantee your mobile device will meet all coursework needs

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.

Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate demonstrates the ability to:

  1. Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection and retention plans and processes.
  2. Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program.
  3. Develop, implement and evaluate employee orientation, training and development programs.
  4. Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both non-union and union environments.
  5. Research and support the development and communication of the organization’s total compensation plan.
  6. Collaborate with others in the development, implementation and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
  7. Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
  8. Develop, implement and evaluate 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. Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
  11. Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.
  12. Conduct research, produce reports and recommend changes in human resources practices.


Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B428 program, you must successfully complete the following 14 mandatory courses and 1 work experience term. Work Experience term can be Coop, Internship, Simulation, Consulting, or Research projects.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2022-2023


CodeCourse NameCo-requisite
ACCT 4005Financial and Managerial AccountingNONE
BUS 4017Project ManagementNONE
HRM 4003Human Resource ManagementNONE
HRM 4004Organizational EffectivenessNONE
HRM 4005Recruitment and SelectionNONE
HRM 4008Training and Development **NONE


CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
HRM 4009CompensationHRM 4003
HRM 4010Labor Relations and Collective AgreementsHRM 4003
HRM 4011Employment and Human Rights LawHRM 4003
HRM 4012Human Resources PlanningHRM 4003
HRM 4013Occupational Health and SafetyHRM 4003
HRM 4015HR Seminar SeriesHRM 4003
HRM 4031People AnalyticsHRM 4003
BUS 4000Work Experience Prep CourseNONE


CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
COOP 4003 or INTN 4003 or BAWT 4003Work Experience TermBUS 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.

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 and 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.

CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
HRM 4008Training & DevelopmentNONE
HRM 2028Training Design & DeliveryHRM 4008
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 4003

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

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 co-ordinator
  • compensation analyst
  • human resources co-ordinator

Educational Pathways

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 the Institute for Performance and Learning website for additional information on this designation.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$5,070.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 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 $500 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and work experience semester.

Financial Assistance

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in any field of study

English Language 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.

Please review our English proficiency requirements.

Course Exemptions

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

Contact Us

Information Sessions

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Domestic Student Admissions

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International Student Admissions

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page.

Fees and Financial Information

For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid section.

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.

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

Human Resources Management (Postgraduate) (B428)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the program co-ordinator:

Joanne Badida, Program Coordinator and Professor

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, Ontario, Canada.

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