Business Administration - Human Resources
|Duration:||6 Semesters (3 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Advanced Diploma|
This program arms you with relevant, current and in–demand skills and prepares you for a career in the growing area of Human Resources. Your studies will focus on topics such as recruiting, compensation, training, benefits, occupational health and safety, labour relations, leadership, motivational techniques and organizational behaviour. In addition, you will acquire skills in the effective use of industry–standard software. As a student, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with industry professionals, and to participate in hands–on learning opportunities such as case competitions.
If you are interested in a career in payroll, you can also acquire a professional designation through the Canadian Payroll Association. Graduates of this program may be able to complete Seneca's Bachelor of Commerce – Human Resources Strategy and Technology Degree program in less than two years.
Note: Semester one starts in September and January. Students starting in January must take semester two during the summer.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate 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 the organization’s business plan.
- Contribute to the collection, analysis, and utilization of human resources data.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
The courses in this program may be credited by the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), towards the Certified Professional or Certified Specialist designations (IPMA – CP or IPMA – CS).
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
In today's complex business environment, success depends on hiring the right people, and training those people so that they achieve their potential. Employers are looking for qualified employees to manage their most important asset – their people. This program prepares you to be the person to step into this important role. The Business Administration – Human Resources (BHR) advanced diploma program focuses on business practices and emphasizes the management of Human Resources within the business environment (national and international). It provides you with the opportunity to acquire a general background in business concepts and a specialization in the Human Resources field. As a graduate, you will be equipped for employment in a variety of human resources positions such as human resources administrator, human resources generalist, human resources specialist (i.e. recruiter, compensation analyst, pensions and benefits administrator, occupational health and safety officer, HRIS specialist).
Co-operative Education Option
Enhance your education with real–life, relevant work experience! During the third semester (fall only), students who meet the requirements, will have the opportunity to apply for admission to the co–op option. Acceptance to the co–op option provides you with the opportunity to secure a paid work–term between academic semesters. As a student, you have a shared responsibility for securing employment opportunities.
|Co-op Model - September Start|
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Vacation|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Work Term|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Co-op Model - January Start|
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Semester 3|
|Year 2||Semester 4||Work Term||Semester 5|
|Year 3||Semester 6|
The first year provides an overview of business and develops transferable skills necessary for success in the program and a career. Each subject will have a component dealing with communication skills such as active listening, report writing, presentation skills and the ability to work independently and as a member of a group. The second and third years provide the Human Resources specialization.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|Ryerson University||• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management - Direct Entry|
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Technology Management - Degree Completion
|Seneca College||• Bachelor of Commerce, International Accounting and Finance|
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
|Tyndale University College||• Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Business Administration - International Development or Business Administration - Co-op|
|York University||• Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS)|
|Algoma University||• Bachelor of Business Administration|
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Brampton)
|Carleton University||• Any Relevant Major|
|Lakehead University||• Bachelor of Administration (3 year) or Honours Bachelor of Commerce (4 year)|
|Laurentian University||• Honours Bachelor of Commerce|
|Nipissing University||• Bachelor of Business Administration|
• Bachelor of Commerce
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) (Honours) - Direct Entry|
|University of Ottawa||• Bachelor of Commerce|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
• Honours Bachelor of Business Technology Management
|University of Windsor||• Bachelor of Commerce - Honours Business Administration|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce|
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
• Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
|University Canada West||• Bachelor of Commerce|
|Royal Roads University||• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management|
|University at Buffalo||• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration|
|D'Youville College||• BSc - Accounting or Management|
|Davenport University||• BBA - Management, Human Resource Management, or BBA /MBA - Strategic Management|
|AUT University||• Bachelor of Business - any major dependent on courses taken at Seneca|
|Birmingham City University||• BA (Hons) Business Administration|
• BA (Hons) Business and Human Resources Management
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Business|
|Queensland University of Technology||• Bachelor of Business (HRM)|
Important Academic Dates
Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.
The first year provides an overview of business and develops transferable skills necessary for success in the program and a career. Each course will have a component dealing with communication skills such as active listening, report writing, presentation skills and the ability to work independently and as a member of a group. The second and third years provide the Human Resources specialization.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BAM101||Introduction to Business Administration||3|
|MRK108||Introduction to Marketing||3|
|QNM106||Mathematics of Finance||4|
|SMS202||Microcomputer Business Applications II||3|
|SSC100||Success Strategies for College||2|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|MRK213||Foundations of Strategic Marketing and Planning||4|
|PPS100||Professional Presentation Skills||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|EAC394||Effective Business Writing||3|
|HRA701||Introduction to Human Resources Management||4|
|HRA734||Introduction to Management Accounting||4|
|MRK320||Marketing: Effective Selling||4|
|MSC310||Decision Analysis I||4|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|HRA722||Personnel Research Techniques and H.R.I.S.||4|
|HRA782||Recruitment and Selection Techniques||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|CPP100||Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only)||1|
|Co-op Work Term (co-op option only)|
|Semester 5||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BUS401||Economics for Human Resources||3|
|HRA831||Design and Administration of Compensation Plans||4|
|HRA840||Pensions and Benefits||4|
|HRA848||Training Techniques and Practices||4|
|CPP200||Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)||1|
|Semester 6||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CAP501||Human Resources Administration: Career Planning||1|
|HRA822||Human Resources Planning and Development||4|
|HRA843||Occupational Health and Safety||4|
|HRA855||The Legal Environment||4|
*Note: Students must have a 2.0 G.P.A. to continue in the program.
An overall “B” average is required for co–op and university transfer.
The courses listed below are a representative sample of options which may be available. Students will be advised during semester 4 which options will be offered for semesters 5 and 6.
|APP300||Payroll Compliance Legislation||3|
|ENV500||Environmentalism and Commerce||3|
|EQQ501||Emotional Intelligence and the Workplace||3|
|IBM600||International Business Management||4|
|MGS521||Business Ethics and Values||4|
|MGS522||Negotiation Strategies for Business||4|
|MGS523||Introduction to Electronic Commerce||4|
|MRK525||Business to Business Marketing||4|
|OPM510||Total Quality Management||4|
Note: Professional option courses not having a minimum of 30 students enrolled may be cancelled at the discretion of the School. Not all professional options are offered every semester.
|For more information, please visit: www.senecacollege.ca/chr.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Melissa Nava-Fernandez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22818
|International Admissions Advisor:||Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
|Registration & Records Advisor:||Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
|Student Advisor:||Elaine Nethery
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
|Program Coordinator:||Alfonsina Chang
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26094
|Co-op Coordinator:||Drew Atamanuk
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22228
|Program Chair:||Chris Dudley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22386
When I made my decision to go back to school, I chose to attend Seneca College’s Human Resource program based on the advice of other professionals in the industry and its reputation for being a respected business school. Seneca provided me with an amazing educational experience. I could not have made a better decision. The HR Co–Op program gave me the opportunity to participate with my peers in an intimate learning environment and develop my critical thinking skills so that I could find an exciting co–op placement in my field.”
2008 Graduate, Human Resources
HR Administrator, Recruiter