Human Resource Management (Post-Degree Diploma)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Looking to boost your undergraduate degree into a high opportunity career? Our one-year Post-Degree Diploma in Human Resource Management gives you the highly specialized human resources courses needed to start a career in the HR industry. You’ll take courses in human resource management, training, development and performance management, labour relations, management essentials, employment law and more.

Work experience while you study

The Career Boost program prepares you for volunteer or part-time paid positions that complement your studies. You’ll learn writing tips for job applications, build leadership and public speaking skills and meet one-on-one with employers in your industry. Once you graduate, the Career Centre will continue to help you until you are employed full-time.   

You’ll graduate into a high opportunity industry, with over 3,300 jobs predicted for the next ten years in B.C. Plus, the median salary in B.C. for HR professionals is $79,000 per year.

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 CPHR designation, visit the more information tab.

Pre-requisites for the post-degree diploma in Human Resource Management 

A post-degree program requires that you have an undergraduate 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.

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.


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 program credits
  • At least 70% (21 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 will need to be taken to replace these credits.  See Note #3 for details about replacement courses.
  • Time limit to complete the program graduation requirements: 4 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.

Course Requirements:

 Course Code
 Course Title  Credits
Required Courses (See Note #1)  
 BUSN 1210  Management Essentials  3.00
 BUSN 3350   Human Resource Management  3.00
 BLAW 3750  Employment Law  3.00
 ACCT 3008  Financial and Managerial Accounting for  Managers  3.00
 BUSN 3351  Training, Development and Performance Management  3.00
 BUSN 3352  Workforce Planning and Talent Management  3.00
 BLAW 3760  Labour Relations  3.00
 BUSN 3353  Occupational Health and Safety  3.00
 BUSN 3354  HR Metrics and Total Rewards  3.00
Select one of the following two options:
 BUSN 3310  Organizational Management Skills  3.00
 SOSC 2140  
 Behaviour in Organizations  3.00
 Total credits    30


  1. The courses, above, 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. This program is not eligible for Internship for international students. Domestic students may take COBA 4885 as an additional course that does not count towards the 30 credits requirement for this program. Students who would like to find out more about internship should email the at the start of their program.
  3. For replacement courses, students must:
    • Work within the requirement that, at least, 50% (15 credits) of the coursework in the post-degree 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.

1000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

ANTH 1100

ANTH 1160

CMNS 1104

CMNS 1115

CMNS 1125

CMNS 1210

CMNS 1216

CMNS 1217

CMNS 1276

CRIM 1160

EAES 1201

ENGL 1102

ENGL 1130

GEOG 1130

GLGC 1101

HIST 1170

INST 1100

PHIL 1101

PHIL 1102

PHIL 1122

POLI 1102

POLI 1103

PSYC 1100

PSYC 1200

SOCI 1125

SOCI 1145

SOCI 1155

2000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

ANTH 2230

CMNS 2115

CMNS 2125

CMNS 2316

CMNS 2317

HIST 2270

SOCI 2225



3000-Level, Non-CBA Courses

CMNS 3103

CMNS 3200

CMNS 3316

CMNS 3400

CMNS 3700

HIST 3325

LGST 3320

LGST 3330

LGST 3350

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. 
  • Three years of HR experience is required to obtain the CPHR designation. (1 year in an administrative role – 2 years in an advisory role)

*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 resources 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