Human Resources Management
Available as a one-year program
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Start Date
September and January (No Spring semester for January entry students)
Find your career
As businesses get more competitive and legislative changes become more complex, the demand for human resources professionals who can help guide organizational change continues to rise.
- Prepare for a career as an HR manager, HR development officer, planning analyst, training coordinator, HR Information System (HRIS) specialist, payroll coordinator or health and safety officer.
- Graduates find positions in business, government and not-for-profit organizations, as well as private consulting.
- Entry-level salaries for Certified Human Resources professionals average $39,500, with the potential to progress quickly from a generalist to an HR manager earning about $60,000 – $73,000 within five years.
- Earning potential for a vice-president tops $170,000 per year.
Is it for you?
HR is the ultimate “people person” career. This program can lead to rewarding work for individuals who:
- Genuinely like working with people.
- Are good at motivating others.
- Enjoy a leadership role.
- Are adaptable to continuous change
What employers say
“Employers are increasingly looking for human resources professionals with specific skill sets—that’s what makes Loyalist’s post-graduate Human Resources Management program ideal. In addition to gaining the HR skills necessary to succeed in the field, students can build upon their previous post-secondary training—nurses make excellent wellness specialists, social service workers excel at employee relations and teachers are great at training and development. I think Loyalist’s post-grad program is extremely relevant— I’ll be watching for its grads.”
Cindy Wilson, CHRP
Human Resources Coordinator, Pentair Technical Solutions
Through this in-depth program, you will get a blend of theory and hands-on practical experience that goes beyond the classroom:
- Expert faculty teach students to anticipate what’s coming next in training and development, occupational health and safety, benefits and compensation, as well as work-life balance.
- Projects emphasize learning by doing, such as performing a health and safety audit for a real-world organization.
- Learn about current issues and trends from guest speakers working in the field.
- Interaction with faculty and other post-grad students coming from university, college and workplace backgrounds helps prepare students to appreciate different perspectives.
- Students earn field experience one day a week throughout the semester where they apply theoretical and practical knowledge in a workplace setting and make valuable industry contacts.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Receive individual attention in small classes from teachers who are invested in your success.
- Instructors are consultants and corporate trainers working in the field.
- Faculty observe new trends as they are developing and bring that experience back to the classroom.
- The program is continually refined and kept up-to-date with the input of an advisory committee of industry leaders.
- First Year - Semester One
- HRPG1001 Advanced Employment Law
- Human resource professionals need to understand how to navigate the ever-changing complexities of Canadian employment law. Students become knowledgeable about the legal framework, jurisdictional issues, and current legal trends by interpreting case law. Legislation is applied in developing sound and defensible human resource policies, practices and procedures.
- HRPG3003 HR Administration
- Management of human resources has become an essential business operation. Organizations everywhere realize that the cost of human capital is a tangible asset that needs to be managed effectively in order to stay competitive. This course explores the challenges and best- practices to ensuring domestic and global human resources assets meet organizational expectations.
- HRPG3004 Management Accounting
- The course introduces students to the concepts, tools and terminology necessary for the management role of planning, controlling and decision-making within an organization. Topics include resource planning, flexible budgets, direct costing, relevant costs and the contribution approach.
- BUSI2010 Occupational Health & Safety
- Employers are required by law to ensure that workers have a safe work environment. This course examines the related federal and provincial legislation required to ensure compliance. In addition the course explores the technical aspects of health and safety, as well as trends and best practices used in the field today.
- HRPG3002 Organizational Theory and Design
- Organizations come in a variety of forms and structures. They also use different processes and have varying numbers of employees. All of these variables play an important role in helping the organization achieve its strategic objectives. This course examines the interplay of leadership and human behavior in the context of today’s workplaces including, organizational design principles, open tech systems, organizational effectiveness, intergroup dynamics, conflict power and political systems, effect of technology on human systems and how to design and implement effective organizational change.
- PROF3009 Professional Development 1
• Two-day Orientation
• Three Assessments
• Faculty Coach
• Business Mentor
This course is intended to familiarize students with the program, link up with a business mentor and to jump-start a successful pathway for students and non-Business/Customs students into this program.
- BUSI3021 Recruitment and Selection
- Finding the right employee with the right skills in order to do the right job is essential in today's organizations. This course focuses on developing recruitment strategies in order to find appropriate candidates and then explores methods to ensure effective employee selection through testing, interviewing, assessment centers, and background checks.
- First Year - Semester Two
- BUSI3026 Compensation
- Organizations are looking at new ways of paying people. Most successful firms have now adopted the notion of 'total rewards' as a concept of compensation. This course examines the linkage of corporate strategy to compensation as a competitive tool. Specifically, pay and performance approaches, motivation, market conditions and other key variables are explored to create and design a strategic compensation program.
- WKPL3002 Field Placement
- Integration of formal learning practices with developmental learning opportunities helps to enhance and consolidate the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes of emerging professionals. This course helps students develop appropriate human resources field practice in an area of their choosing. Students may choose between a field placement or field project with a private, public, not-for-profit or professional services organization.
- BUSI3023 Human Resources Planning
- Planning to ensure the availability of the right people with the right skills at the right time has become an essential human resource competence for all organizations. This course focuses on strategic human resource planning, forecasting supply and demand, succession management strategies, development retention strategies and evaluation of human resources policies and programs.
- BUSI3010 Industrial Relations
- Union-management relations are important to a smooth running organization. This course examines the theory, practices, and principles of Industrial Relations in Canada. Students learn by simulation to negotiate and administer collective agreements, handle grievances, mediate disputes, and prepare for arbitrations.
- HRPG1000 Information Systems
- Technology has changed the way we gather, disseminate and interpret data in business. Hence, management demands have increased the need for automated human resources and supply chain management systems. This course will allow participants to gain an understanding of the requirements of an effective information systems, its design and effective business decision making.
- PROF3010 Professional Development II
• Local Field Trip
• Faculty Coach 13 of 14
• Business Mentor
Guest speakers 3 of 5
-This course is intended to revisit student needs, providing a health check with coaches and mentors as learning scaffolds from one semester to the next. Review accomplishments and plan next steps.
- BUSI3009 Training and Development
- Workplace performance and ongoing skill development through training is a requirement of today's learning organizations. This course deals with the processes and theories required to build effective employees. Emphasis is placed on assessing learning and performance challenges, designing appropriate interventions, delivering solutions and assessing for organizational effectiveness.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2019 – 20)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,301
- Total: $4,023.08
- Additional Program Costs: $1,003
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- A diploma or degree in any discipline from a recognized college or university. Applicants with significant related work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer students from other institutions will also be considered on an individual basis.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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