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Business Administration – Human Resources (Optional Co-op)

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Program Details

  • Program Code:2709
  • School:The Business School
  • Credential:Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:3 years/ 6 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Business Administration – Human Resources program will focus on teaching the full range of human resources functions. 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. 

That's why this advanced diploma program will include training in:

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

Through the Human Resources program, you'll learn to enable a proactive perspective, and as a result, become adept at ensuring organizational success through the attraction, retention and development of any company's most vital asset — its employees. You'll also explore trends to prepare for the challenges of today and tomorrow's work environment. Lastly, you'll complement your development of human resources skills with highly marketable payroll knowledge.

This unique Business School program will offer you 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

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Program Highlights

  • The Human Resources program's small class settings allow for individual attention from instructors.
  • Hands-on teaching methods include case studies, simulations and project-based learning.
  • You will become comfortable with popular business software such as Microsoft Suite and SAP.
  • Faculty members have business world experience and up-to-date knowledge of current trends.
  • The resulting diploma reflects high standards of learning that are recognized in Canada and abroad, and will enhance your career opportunities.

Global Citizenship and Equity

You will develop a portfolio documenting your 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 www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Articulation Agreements

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Business Administration - Human Resources program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions 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 & Labour Relations
Confederation College Business Administration in Human Resources Management, 3-year
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration in Management 
Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management
Durham College Business Administration in Human Resources
Fanshawe College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Fleming College Business Administration in Human Resource Management
George Brown College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Georgian College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Griffith University Bachelor of Business - Majoring in Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Business - Majoring in Marketing
Lakehead University Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Lambton College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Laurentian University General Bachelor of Arts Degree, multiple majors
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), multiple majors
Niagara College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Nipissing University Bachelor of Commerce
Northern College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce in 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
Seneca College Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Strategy and Technology 
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resources Strategy and Technology 
Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management
Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Services Management
Business Administration in Human Resources
St. Clair College Business Administration in Human Resources, 3 years

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 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

  • Human resources generalist
  • Compensation analyst
  • Trainer
  • benefits administrator
  • Occupational health and safety officer

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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 College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Co-op Option

Co-op Option

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Co-op Option

The co-op option in this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while you complete one work term as an employee in the field. This experience not only allows you to put classroom learning into practice, but will also provide valuable contacts for your future career.

To participate in this co-op option, you will need to complete an application process in the second semester. If academically qualified, you may be admitted to the co-op program. Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for the co-op preparation course as scheduled. When you graduate, your diploma will highlight the co-op credential.

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one and two
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program as scheduled

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

Co-op Model Route

Fall Semester Intake
Fall Semester 1
Winter Semester 2
Summer Break
Fall Semester 3
Winter Semester 4
Summer Co-op Work Term 1
Fall Semester 5
Winter Co-op Work Term 2
Summer Break
Fall Semester 6
Winter Semester Intake
Winter Semester 1
Summer Break
Fall Semester 2
Winter Semester 3
Summer Semester 4
Fall Co-op Work Term 1
Winter Co-op Work Term 2
Summer Break
Fall Semester 5
Winter Semester 6
Summer Semester Intake
Summer Semester 1
Fall Semester 2
Winter Semester 3
Summer Semester 4
Fall Co-op Work Term 1
Winter Co-op Work Term 2
Summer Break
Fall Semester 5
Winter Semester 6

Learn more about co-op programs.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

International Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,226.00 $3,947.00
International $14,502.50 $1,735.00 $16,237.50

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