Advanced Human Resource Management (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma)


Winter 2023: Applications closed

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Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications



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. Benefits of obtaining the CPHR designation include: credibility, career advancement, higher salaries and more. To learn more about the CPHR designation, visit the more information tab.

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 $77,000 once you graduate.

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.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 70% (42 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • In good academic standing
  • Courses used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements. However, additional courses may need to be taken to replace these credits.  See Note 5 for details about replacement courses.
  • Time limit to complete the program graduation requirements: seven (7) years. Any courses completed outside of that time limit will not be usable. Students may seek the permission of the Department/Program to complete a credential outside the approved time limits.
  • Students can also take this program with a co-operative education option.

Additional Graduation Requirements with Co-operative Education Option

    • Successful completion of 9 additional credits through Co-operative Education I (COOP 1100).
    • Students completing the Co-operative Education option will graduate with 69 credits.
    • 70% (49 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.

Course Requirements:

Course Code Course Title Credits
Required Courses (See Note 1):  
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3.00

BUSN 3350

Human Resource Management


BLAW 1320

Introductory Business Law


MARK 1120

 Introductory Marketing


Select one of the following two options:

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing


CMNS 1115

Business Communication


Required Courses:

BLAW 3750

Employment Law


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business

ACCT 3008 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers  3.00
BUSN 3352 Workforce Planning and Talent Management  3.00
BUSN 3353 Occupational Health and Safety  3.00
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics  3.00
Select one of the following two options:  
BUSN 3310  Organizational Management Skills  3.00
SOSC 2140 Behaviour in Organizations  3.00
Required Courses  
BUSN 3314 Ethical Management and Decision Making  3.00
BLAW 3760 Labour Relations  3.00
BUSN 3312 Innovation and Change Management  3.00
BUSN 3351 Training, Development and Performance Management  3.00
CMNS 2316 Managing Personal Conflict  3.00
BUSN 4275 Business Strategy and Competitive Analysis  3.00
BUSN 3354 HR Metrics and Total Rewards  3.00
Select one of the following four options:
ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics  3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics  3.00
ECON 1101 The Canadian Economy  3.00

COBA 4885  (See Notes 2-3)

Experiential Learning & Internship  3.00
Total Credits    60.00
Co-operative Education Option   

COOP 1100

(See Notes 3-4)

 Co-operative Education I  9.00
Total Credits with Co-operative Education Option  69.00


1) The courses in the table have been listed in the recommended order for students to take them. To complete the program efficiently, students need to:

  • Make note of courses that are not offered every term to adjust their plans accordingly,
  • Take all pre-requisites prior to attempting to register for a given course, and
  • Understand which courses have additional minimum grade requirements in the prerequisites.
    • While C- is the normal minimum grade needed to be achieved in a pre-requisite course, some courses require higher grades in the pre-requisite course.
    • Students must know which courses require higher grades in the pre-requisite course so that they can achieve the necessary grade.
    • If students do not obtain the required grade in a pre-requisite course, students must retake the pre-requisite course to earn the grade required.

2) COBA 4885 (Experiential Learning and Internship) provides the opportunity for students to gain unpaid work experience and course credit. 

3) Students who would like to find out more about co-op or internship should send an email to the at the start of their program.

4) The Co-Op work term is a minimum of 420 hours of work and must be taken through Douglas College's Co-op program. The timing of the work terms is restricted to the following:

  • Can be undertaken only after completion of a minimum of two semesters, 18 credits.
  • Cannot be taken in the last semester of the program.

5) For replacement courses, students must:

  • Work within the requirement that, at least, 50% (15 credits) of the coursework in the post-baccalaureate diploma is at the 3000/4000 level;
  • Meet pre-requisites for the replacement courses (i.e., not expect pre-requisite overrides); and
  • Select from the following courses:
    • Any course from CBA (i.e., BUSN, ACCT, BLAW, COBA, CSIS, ECON, FINC, HOSP, or MARK) or
    • From outside CBA, the courses that are listed in the table below, or
    • A similar course, as approved by the Program Coordinator.



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.

More Information

CPHR Designation pathway

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 tudent 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.  

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