Business Administration - Human Resources

Program: BAHR
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


Graduates of the program carry out human resources functions within the domestic and international business environments. Graduates are prepared to implement and evaluate plans for staffing, performance management, training, employee and labour relations, health and safety, and benefits and compensation administration functions. They are also able to apply communication, information technology, teamwork, leadership and organizational development strategies to support the human resources activities of an organization. They are able to contribute to a number of more complex functions supporting organizational effectiveness, including applying principles of financial analysis and control, collaborating in the design of an organization's human resources plan, and in the preparation of an organization's business plan.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are employed in a broad range of private, public, and not-for profit sectors of business and industry including manufacturers, retailers, banks and other financial institutions, medical facilities, government offices, human resources consulting firms, and other large and small businesses.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • contribute to the planning and implementation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention strategies;
  • administer and facilitate the performance management program;
  • coordinate and support the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee orientation, training, and development programs;
  • implement and support effective employee and labour relations strategies in both non-union and union environments;
  • administer and communicate the organization's total compensation plan;
  • collaborate with others, in the implementation and monitoring of organizational health and safety policies and practices;
  • contribute to the identification of information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function;
  • contribute to organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness;
  • present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization;
  • develop, implement, and evaluate personal professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in human resources professional practice;
  • identify and communicate the human resources component of an organization's business plan;
  • contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • examine the personal characteristics and circumstances associated with entrepreneurial success, from the perspective of an H R consultant or an HR employee providing H R services to entrepreneurs.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

Possessing a unique blend of both theoretical and practical, applied learning, this program meets the academic course requirements of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the national professional standards established by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Professionals Associations.

Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) ) is the governing body that regulates the Human Resources profession in Ontario.

Graduates of the program who are interested in pursuing the professional credential as required by the the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) must successfully complete nine mandatory courses in order to begin the designation and regulatory requirements as set by the HRPA.

These nine mandatory courses are:

Gregorian Course Equivalencies towards HRPA Requirements
HURM 1000Human Resources Management Foundations
BUSI 1001Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
ACCT 1003Finance and Management Accounting
HURM 1006Training and Development
HURM 1022Occupational Health and Safety
HURM 1002Labour Relations
HURM 1005Human Resources Planning
HURM 1004Compensation
HURM 1007Recruitment and Selection

Each of these nine (9) Georgian courses may be taken in the online delivery format.

HRPA – CKE eligibility requirements mandate that students must have an average of 70% in each of the nine courses with no individual course achieving lower than 65%.

Professional designation regulations and requirements are found on the HRPA website through this link:

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 3: Summer 2019
  • Sem 4: Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Work Term 1: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2019
  • Sem 4: Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2020


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M or U)

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

In order to broaden the program choices, all General, Accounting, Human Resources, and Marketing students, whether they are in a two-year or a three-year diploma program, will share a common first semester. Students will take five mandatory courses in that semester, and will have a choice of which General Education course they wish to take. The curriculum for this common first semester is as follows:

Mandatory Courses
ACCT 1000Financial Accounting Principles 1
BUSI 1001Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
MATH 1002Mathematics of Finance
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
Plus one each of:
Communications course
General Education course

BAHR courses combine current theory with experiential learning methodologies in order to prepare the student for the ever- increasing demands that are required of the regulated Human Resources professional.

Graduation Requirements:

25 Mandatory Courses
3 Communications Courses
3 Optional Courses
5 General Education Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
ACCT 1000Financial Accounting Principles 1
ACCT 1003Finance and Management Accounting
BUSI 1001Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
BUSI 1007Legislation and Payroll
COMP 1003Microcomputer Applications
ECON 1000Microeconomics
ECON 2000Macroeconomics
HURM 1000Human Resources Management Foundations
HURM 1002Labour Relations
HURM 1004Compensation
HURM 1005Human Resources Planning
HURM 1006Training and Development
HURM 1007Recruitment and Selection
HURM 1022Occupational Health and Safety
HURM 2000Employment Law
HURM 2002Benefits and Pensions
HURM 3000Current Issues in Human Resources
HURM 3001Performance Management
HURM 3003Human Resources Decision Support Systems
HURM 3004Employment Legislation - Application and Compliance
MATH 1002Mathematics of Finance
MGMT 2001Principles of Management
MGMT 2012Introduction to Project Management
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
MKTG 2033Professional Edge
Communications Courses
Select 3 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 5 courses from the general education list during registration.
Optional Courses
Select 3 courses from the available list during registration. Contact the program co-ordinator for further details.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1008Business Work Term 1
COOP 2027Business Human Resources Work Term 2
COOP 3000Business Work Term 3

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.