Advanced Human Resource Management (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)


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Want to get into Human Resources but don’t have a business background? The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Advanced Human Resource Management teaches you the fundamental business concepts you need to understand and succeed in Human Resources. You’ll take business courses in management essentials, academic writing, business law, introductory marketing and more. In your second year, you’ll take advanced HR courses in occupational health and safety, employment law, labour relations, workforce planning, talent management and more.  

Graduate job-ready with the Career Boost program 

Designed for post-baccalaureate students, this program prepares you for part-time paid or volunteer positions that complement your studies. You’ll participate in career-building workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, career fairs, networking with employers, peer-led leadership meetings and more. Once you graduate, you’ll get the continued support, skills and knowledge you need to find a full-time job in your field.  

Get valuable work experience through the Business Internship program  

In the Business Internship Program, you’ll apply the theory and knowledge you’ve learned in class into a real-world business setting. During your unpaid part-time internship, you’ll be assigned tasks and projects that junior management, marketing, business, administrative and/or sales employees complete in the modern workplace. 

To be accepted into the internship program, you must contact the Career Centre early in your studies at Douglas College. 

One step closer to receiving a Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation 

CPHR BC & Yukon offers five pathways to earn the CPHR designation, which is the only nationally recognized HR designation in Canada.  

As a student at Douglas College in one of the three Human Resources programs, you have the option to follow Pathway #3 (Accredited Schools Path) to earn the designation. 

Pathway #3 requires you to:   

  • Be a CPHR BC & Yukon member in good standing. 

  • Graduate from your accredited program with a minimum 70 percent average and then apply to be exempt from writing the National Knowledge Exam. * 

  • Validate your relevant HR work experience by CPHR BC & Yukon. If you have a degree (any major) you need three years of relevant work experience. 

  • If you don’t have a degree, eight years of work experience is required.  

*If you wish to apply for the NKE exemption, you are required to maintain an active CPHR BC & Yukon student membership status until graduation and then provide your transcript upon graduation to CPHR BC & Yukon. If you do this within one year of graduation you will receive 25 percent off the exemption fees. HR students at Douglas College are also entitled to receive a 25 percent discounted student membership, just contact a human resource course instructor and/or the PDD/PBD Business Program Coordinator for the online discount code. 

Benefits of joining the CPHR BC & Yukon Association include: networking and building connections for your career, volunteer opportunities, access to job postings and more.  

Benefits of obtaining the CPHR designation include: credibility, career advancement, higher salaries and more. 

Pre-requisites for the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Advanced Human Resource Management 

A post-baccalaureate program requires that you have a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian institution or recognized international academic institution. To find out what other requisites you’ll have to meet, visit the admissions requirements tab.

Job opportunities

Over 3,300 human resources professional job openings are expected in B.C. for the next ten years. You can also expect a median salary of $78,752 once you graduate.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits

  • Minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required

  • 70% (42 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

  • Courses used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements, but additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3

ENGL 1130


CMNS 1115

Academic Writing 


Business Communication

ACCT 3008 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers 3

BUSN 3310


SOSC 2140

Organizational Management Skills


Behaviour in Organizations

CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3
ECON 1150 or ECON 1250 or ECON 1101 Principles of Microeconomics or Principles of Macroeconomics or The Canadian Economy 3
MARK 1120        Introductory Marketing 3
BLAW 1320 (formally BUSN 1320) Introductory Business Law 3
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics 3
CMNS 2316 Understanding and Managing Personal Conflict 3
BUSN 3312 Innovation and Change Management 3
BUSN 3314 Ethical Management and Decision Making 3
BUSN 4275 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis 3
BLAW 3750 (formally BUSN 3750) Employment Law 3
BLAW 3760 (formally BUSN 3760) Labour Relations 3
BUSN 3350 Human Resource Management 3
BUSN 3351 Training, Development and Performance Management 3
BUSN 3352 Workforce Planning and Talent Management 3
BUSN 3353 Occupational Health and Safety 3
BUSN 3354 HR Metrics and Total Rewards 3
Total Credits   60



Admissions Requirements

•General College Admission Requirements
•Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Administrator, Staff Relations 
  • Case Manager, Disability 
  • Employee Benefits Manager 
  • Employee/Labour Relations Advisor 
  • Employment Interviewer or Supervisor 
  • HR Adviser, Staffing Adviser/Analyst 
  • HR Generalist - Benefits 
  • HRIS Specialist 
  • Human Resources Administrator 
  • Human Resources and Recruitment Officers

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.