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    Human Resources Management

Program Code:HRM
Duration:2 semesters (1 Year)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change.
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Hit the ground running with relevant, current and in–demand skills! This graduate certificate program in Human Resources Management will enhance your marketability and give you the relevant professional skills and knowledge that employers in today’s marketplace are looking for. The program gives you the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive background in the functions of Human Resources from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The focus of the program is on applied, relevant and current learning.

As a student you will have the opportunity to interact directly with industry professionals, to participate in case competitions to refine your critical thinking skills and to learn from qualified, current, and award–winning faculty.

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 development, implementation, and evaluation of employee recruitment, selection, and retention plans and processes.
  • Administer and contribute to the design and evaluation of the performance management program.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate employee orientation, training, and development programs.
  • Facilitate and support effective employee and labour relations in both nonunion and union environments.
  • Research and support the development and communication of the organization’s total compensation plan.
  • Collaborate with others, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational health and safety policies and practices.
  • Research and analyze information needs and apply current and emerging information technologies to support the human resources function.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development strategies aimed at promoting organizational effectiveness.
  • Present and evaluate communication messages and processes related to the human resources function of the organization.
  • Manage own professional development and provide leadership to others in the achievement of ongoing competence in human resources professional practice.
  • Facilitate and communicate the human resources component of the organization’s business plan.
  • Conduct research, produce reports, and recommend changes in human resources practices.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.
  • Consistent with Academic Policy, graduates of the three–year Business Administration – Human Resources (BHR) diploma program are not eligible for this graduate certificate program.

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 the face of a changing workforce, including an aging population and increased number of retirements, and a challenging economic environment, organizations in Canada are placing an increased emphasis on strategic human resources management. The demand for qualified Human Resources professionals is increasing. As a graduate of this program, you will possess the skills for employment in a variety of human resources positions such as human resources administrator, human resources manager, labour relations officer, training co–ordinator, compensation analyst, HRIS specialist, health and safety specialist or benefits administrator. You will have the skills and expertise to add immediate value to an organization.


The courses in this program may be credited by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) towards the Certified Human Resources Professional designation (CHRP) as well as by the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), towards the Certified Professional or Certified Specialist designations (IPMA – CP or IPMA – CS).

Co-operative Education Option

Program Code: HRMC

Bring your learning to life through co-op! The co-operative education component provides you with the opportunity to secure a paid work-term. As a student, you have a shared responsibility for securing employ-ment opportunities. The co-op option gives you the opportunity to combine classroom learning and real-world experience. This option is in place for both the September and January intake.

Co-op Model - September Start
Sept-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug
Semester 1 Work Term Semester 2
Co-op Model - January Start
Jan-Apr May-Aug Sept-Dec
Semester 1 Work Term Semester 2

For further information, please visit the HRMC program page.

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
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Master of Human Resource Management

Important Academic Dates

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


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HRM701 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
HRM703 Introduction to Business 2
HRM722 Personnel Research Techniques and H.R.I.S. 3
HRM831 Design and Administration of Compensation Plans 3
HRM843 Occupational Health and Safety 3
HRM855 The Legal Environment 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HRM732 Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting 4
HRM742 Business Management and Organizational Behaviour 3
HRM782 Recruitment and Selection Techniques 3
HRM822 Human Resources Planning and Development 3
HRM845 Industrial Relations 3
HRM848 Training Techniques and Practices 3

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our website at
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
Program Chair: Chris Dudley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22386
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"Completion of my graduate HR diploma at Seneca enabled me to make a successful career switch and grow rapidly in the HR industry. Seneca's program was instrumental in giving me the essential knowledge and practical application critical in the field. With this solid foundation I have confidence as an HR professional in my skills. I have no doubt that selecting Seneca as my educational institution of choice was one of the best professional decisions I have made. I am proud to be a Seneca Alumni."

Farisha Ismail
2009 Graduate

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