Business Administration – Human Resources (Co-op)

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Program Code: 2719

School: School of Business

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The Business Administration – Human Resources (Co-op) program focuses on covering the full range of human resources functions.

Among these are:

  • Human resources planning
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development
  • Compensation
  • Performance management
  • Human resources management systems

Human resources, as a strategic partner, guarantees an organization has the best pool of talent to pioneer, compete and be at the top of its industry. In this Human Resources program you learn how to enable a proactive perspective to ensuring organizational success through the attraction, retention and development of any company's most vital asset — its employees. You also explore trends to prepare for the challenges of today and tomorrow's work environment. Lastly, you complement your development of human resources skills with highly marketable payroll knowledge.

This unique School of Business program offers the opportunity to acquire three designations:

  • CHRP™ designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association
  • CIM™ designation from the Canadian Institute of Management
  • PCP™ designation from the Canadian Payroll Association


The Business Administration – Human Resources (Co-op) program presents the opportunity to experience and explore different areas of the field, to pinpoint your interests, to develop business connections and to gain direct hands-on experience.

While you will be responsible for securing a co-op job, you will have the support of Centennial College's Career Services and Co-op Education staff. These departments will work closely with you in the job searching process.

During your paid co-op terms you will:

  • Network with a range of professionals
  • Obtain first-hand exposure to roles carried out in human resources
  • Learn how management roles are organized in private business, partnerships, corporations or public organizations in small-to-medium or large settings

You are responsible for securing a co-op job, with the support of Centennial College's Career Services and Co-op Education staff. Because they promote the program to a wide range of organizations, businesses and industries, these departments will work closely with you in the job searching process.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-123 Financial Accounting Concepts Progress Campus
BUSN-119 Fundamentals of Business Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
HRMT-301 Human Resources Management Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus

Semester Note

MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test will be exempted from MATH128, and will take MATH118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH128 and MATH118 and will take MATH119.

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 may take COMM170/171 in the first semester.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance 1-E Progress Campus
MGMT-222 Management Principles Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Marketing Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-224 Corporate Finance 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-333 Business Culture and Collaborative Practices Progress Campus
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-300 Organizational Behaviour Progress Campus
HRMT-306 Employment Law Progress Campus
HRMT-310 Occupational Health and Safety Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 3
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-225 Intro to Research Methods and Data Analysis 1 Progress Campus
CPAC-101 Payroll Compliance Legislation Progress Campus
ECON-205 Principles of Microeconomics Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-302 Recruitment and Selection Progress Campus
HRMT-311 Compensation and Benefits Progress Campus
HRMT-312 Employee Training and Development Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 4
Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-331 Business Law Progress Campus
CPAC-102 Payroll Fundamentals 1 Progress Campus
ECON-206 Principles of Macroeconomics Progress Campus
HRMT-317 Managerial Accounting for HR Progress Campus
INTL-220 International Business Concepts Progress Campus
OMGT-129 Introduction to Supply Chain and Business Operations Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP WORK TERM Following Semester 5
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-310 Career Action Progress Campus
BUSN-332 Business Strategy Progress Campus
CPAC-103 Payroll Fundamentals 2 Progress Campus
HRMT-307 Human Resource Planning Progress Campus
HRMT-308 Labour Relations Progress Campus
HRMT-309 Human Resource Management Systems Progress Campus

Semester Note

CPAC-101, CPAC-102, and CPAC-103 each require an additional fee due to the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). Fees are subject to change. Visit the CPA website for the most up to date fees listing.

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • Because you learn in small class environments, you interact with fellow peers and instructors who have business world experience and up-to-date knowledge of current trends.
  • Hands-on teaching methods in the Human Resources courses include case studies, simulations and project-based learning.
  • Among the computerized hands-on training you receive is popular business software such as Microsoft Office Suite and SAP.
  • Your career opportunities are enhanced with a diploma that reflects high standards of learning recognized in Canada and abroad.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, opportunities for international travel and the available supports, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Human Resources program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program. Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, details for which are searchable here.

University Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts, multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce, with major
Bachelor of Management, 4-year
Bachelor of Management, 4-year with major
Bachelor of Management, 3-year
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Cork Institute of Technology Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - Strategic Management
Bachelor of Business Administration - Management
Master of Business Administration - Strategic Management
Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resources
Dundalk Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business in Management & Administration
Bachelor (Honours) of Business
Griffith University Bachelor of Business - Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Business - Marketing
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Bachelor of Business
Institute of Technology Carlow Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Human Resource Management
Kookmin University Bachelor Degree
New Brunswick, University of Bachelor of Applied Management
Nipissing University Bachelor of Commerce
Lakehead University Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Laurentian University General Bachelor of Arts, multiple majors
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), multiple majors
Letterkenney Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business Management
Bachelor of Business (Honours)
Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), 3-year direct entry
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) - Organizational Behaviour Resources Management 
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce - Entrepreneurial Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business
Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce - Business Technology Management
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management
Waterford Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Business (Honours) Human Resource Management


Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Business Administration – Human Resources (Co-op) program's educational partners include:

  • Algoma University
  • Athabasca University
  • Griffith University
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ryerson University
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Windsor

Career Outlook

  • HR generalist
  • Compensation analyst
  • Trainer
  • Pensions and benefits administrator
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Junior labour relations specialist
  • HR advisor
  • HR administrator
  • Conciliator
  • HR officer
  • Health and safety representative
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator
  • Junior industrial relations specialist
  • Consultant
  • Junior employee benefits specialist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial CollegeMath Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

Co-op Requirements

  • Completion of 80% of the courses from semesters 1 and 2
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171 College Communications 2
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater by the end of semester 2, which must be maintained for the duration of the program
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will register for the Employment Preparation course (COOP221), in semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,300.00 $4,067.00
International $12,400.00 $2,845.00 $15,245.00