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Help Shape Tomorrow’s Workforce with Douglas College’s Human Resource Management Program

Program Overview

Douglas College’s Human Resource Management program offers everything you need to become highly-specialized and thriving in the HR industry. Not only will you learn about the core principles and practices of human resource management, but you’ll also take courses that dive into topics such as recruitment and selection, employee training and development, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and organizational behavior. With a strong emphasis on theoretical foundations and practical application, students will learn to effectively manage personnel, foster a positive workplace culture, and address HR challenges in all kinds of work environments. 

Key information

  • Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
  • Department: Business
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Length of program: 1 year
  • Credential type: Post-Degree Diploma
  • Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer

About the Career Boost program

Take note of the Career Boost program—designed to prepare students for volunteer opportunities or part-time paid positions that complement their HR Management studies. In addition to gaining real-life work experience, students will receive tips on how to write good resumes, job applications, build leadership and public speaking skills, and will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with employers in the HR industry to discuss these topics.


Examples of courses in the program include:

  • BUSN 1210 – Management Essentials
  • BUSN 3350 – Human Resource Management
  • BUSN 3750 – Employment Law
  • ACCT 3008 – Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers
  • BUSN 3351 – Training, Development, and Performance Management
  • BLAW 3760 – Labour Relations
  • BUSN 3353 – Occupational Health and Safety
  • BUSN 3354 – HR Metrics and Total Rewards

Admission requirements

All applicants for admission to the College must satisfy at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • British Columbia secondary school graduation or equivalent;
  • One course short of British Columbia secondary school graduation or equivalent;
  • Nineteen (19) years of age or older on the first day of the first semester of attendance;
  • Seventeen (17) years of age on the first day of the first semester of attendance, and has
    not been enrolled at a school for a minimum of one year;
  • Completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years or has received an Evergreen or Leaving School Certificate

Please note that applicants must have:

  1. An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, OR
  2. Equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country

English language requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of completing one of the following:

  • Douglas College English Assessment
  • TOEFL iBT (in-person or online) – minimum score of 83
  • TOEFL Essentials – minimum score of 9 (no score below 8 on any individual section)
  • IELTS – minimum overall band test score 6.5 (academic module only)
  • EIKEN Practical English – minimum placement of Grade 1
  • CAEL – minimum overall and an essay score of 60 (computer or paper-based)
  • Cambridge English CAE – minimum score 75 or “B”
  • Cambridge English CPE – minimum score 60 or “C”
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 8 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • Duolingo English Test Minimum overall score of 110.  Official test scores must be sent directly to Douglas College

Did you know?

With a post-degree diploma in HR management, you’re one step closer to receiving a Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. That’s right—CPHR BC offers graduates five different pathways to earn the designation, and having one to your name could help with credibility, career advancement, higher salaries, and more. In short, there’s no downside to obtaining the CPHR designation! 

See here for more information on what the CPHR designation is, and how you can obtain one. 

Future career opportunities

The human resources field is a hot industry and will continue to remain one, with over 3,300 jobs predicted to open up in B.C. within the next ten years. Plus, the median (average) salary for HR professionals in B.C. is quite good, at roughly $79,253 per year. 

Career opportunities for those graduating from Douglas College’s Human Resource Management program include:

  • Administrator, Staff Relations 
  • Case Manager, Disability 
  • Employee Benefits Manager 
  • Employee/Labour Relations Advisor 
  • Employment Interviewer or Supervisor 
  • HR Consultant 
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Specialist
  • Talent Management Specialist
  • HR Information Systems (HRIS) Manager
  • Compensation Analyst

Source: Douglas College – Human Resource Management (Post-Degree Diploma), The Comprehensive Guide to HR Career Paths

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