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 2024, Winter 2025
Location: Barrie


Students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to perform human resource functions within domestic and international business environments. Students prepare to implement and evaluate plans for staffing, performance management, training, employee and labour relations, health and safety, and benefits and compensation administration functions. They also learn to apply communication, information technology, teamwork, leadership and organizational development strategies to support the human resources activities of an organization. They acquire the competency 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 may find employment 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:

  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 an organization's business plan;
  12. contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data;
  13. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  14. examine the personal characteristics and circumstances associated with entrepreneurial success, from the perspective of an HR consultant or an HR employee providing HR services to entrepreneurs.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

External Recognition

Possessing a unique blend of both theory and 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:

Georgian 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:

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Work Term 2: Winter 2026
  • Work Term 3: Summer 2026
  • Sem 4: Fall 2026
  • Sem 5: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2025
  • Sem 2: Summer 2025
  • Sem 3: Fall 2025
  • Work Term 1: Winter 2026
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2026
  • Sem 4: Fall 2026
  • Sem 5: Winter 2027
  • Sem 6: Summer 2027
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2027


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 for Prior Learning 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
COMP 1003Microcomputer Applications
MATH 1002Mathematics of Finance
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
Plus one:
Communications 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 Program Courses
3 Communications Courses
3 Program Option 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.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ACCT 1000 Financial Accounting Principles 1 42
BUSI 1001 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour 42
COMP 1003 Microcomputer Applications 42
MATH 1002 Mathematics of Finance 42
MKTG 1000 Introduction to Marketing 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ECON 1000 Microeconomics 42
HURM 1000 Human Resources Management Foundations 42
HURM 1022 Occupational Health and Safety 42
HURM 2000 Employment Law 42
MKTG 2033 Professional Edge 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ECON 2000 Macroeconomics 42
HURM 1004 Compensation 42
HURM 1006 Training and Development 42
HURM 1007 Recruitment and Selection 42
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.s 84
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ACCT 1003 Finance and Management Accounting 42
BUSI 1019 Payroll Administration 42
HURM 2002 Benefits and Pensions 42
HURM 2007 Wellness and Employee Engagement 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
HURM 1002 Labour Relations 42
HURM 1005 Human Resources Planning 42
HURM 3003 Human Resources Decision Support Systems 42
MGMT 2001 Principles of Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Contact the program co-ordinator for further details. 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
HURM 3000 Current Issues in Human Resources 42
HURM 3004 Employment Legislation - Application and Compliance 42
MGMT 2012 Introduction to Project Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Courses  
Select 2 courses from the available list during registration. Contact the program co-ordinator for further details. 84
 Total Hours1512
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1008 Business Work Term 1 (Fall intake - occurs after Semester 2, Winter intake - occurs after Semester 3) 560
COOP 2027 Business Human Resources Work Term 2 (Fall intake - occurs after Semester 3, Winter intake - occurs immediately after Work Term 1) 560
COOP 3018 Business Human Resources Work Term 3 560
 Total Hours1680

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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