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    Business Administration - Human Resources

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:BHR
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

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).

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • 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.


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Your Career

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
  Sept-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug
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
  Jan-Apr May-Aug Sept-Dec
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Year 2 Semester 4 Work Term Semester 5
Year 3 Semester 6    

Core Curriculum

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):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management – Direct Entry
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Technology Management – Degree Completion
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Accounting and Finance
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services 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)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• 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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
• Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business


University/CollegeDegrees Available
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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Birmingham City University• BA (Hons) Business Administration (Top-up)
• BA (Hons) Business and Human Resources Management
Griffith University• Bachelor of Business

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.

Curriculum *

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
EAC150 College English 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
ACC106 Accounting I 4
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
QNM222 Business Statistics 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
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
HRA742 Organizational Behaviour 4
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
BUS500 Business Plan 4
CAP501 Human Resources Administration: Career Planning 1
HRA822 Human Resources Planning and Development 4
HRA843 Occupational Health and Safety 4
HRA845 Industrial Relations 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.

Professional Options

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.

Professional Course Name Hrs/Wk
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.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Melissa Nava-Fernandez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22818
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Registration & Records Advisor: Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
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
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Ursula, Seneca student

Ursula, a Seneca College Business Administration - Human Resources student talks about her program, professors and the ability to transfer to degree programs. Video

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Business Administration – Human Resources students Christine and Andrew talk about their program and professors. Video


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.”

Alain Graham
2008 Graduate, Human Resources
HR Administrator, Recruiter
Inventa Canada

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