2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format with some courses available in Seneca's flexible delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements. For courses offered in the flexible delivery format, professors use innovative learning spaces and technology to teach students in a classroom or lab and broadcast in real time to students attending remotely. In flexible courses, students have the choice of coming on campus or learning online.

About the Program

In the face of a changing workforce – including an aging population, 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. This eight-month graduate certificate program will help you 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 with opportunities to interact directly with industry professionals, and learn from qualified and award-winning faculty.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Organizational management
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Conflict management

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position. 

Work-Integrated Learning Model - September Start
Year September January May
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term
Work-Integrated Learning Model - January Start
Year January May September
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term
Work-Integrated Learning Model - May Start
Year May September January
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work Term

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Human resources administrator
  • Human resources co-ordinator
  • Human resources manager
  • Labour relations officer
  • Talent acquisition specialist
  • Training and development co-ordinator
  • Compensation analyst
  • HRIS specialist
  • Health and safety specialist

Professional Certifications

If you wish to pursue a designation in the field of human resources, the courses in this program may be credited by: 

  • The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) towards the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

  • The International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) towards the Certified Professional or Certified Specialist designations (IPMA – CP or IPMA – CS)

Student Works and Experiences

Success Story

Kevin Maly

"Changing from a university to college environment made a massive difference for me and really fit my learning style. I enjoyed the hands-on learning experience coupled with engaging professors, who were still very involved in the industry. I was able to apply my work experience into course projects, which made classes enjoyable with discussions and group assignments."

Kevin Maly
Strategic Initiatives Specialist, Seneca College

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