Human Resource Management (Post-Degree Diploma)


Winter 2023: Currently accepting applications

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Currently accepting applications

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 from now until 2031 in B.C. Plus, the median salary in B.C. for HR professionals is $78,752 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. 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 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.  

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

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.

Job opportunities

Over 2,700 human resources professional job openings are expected in B.C. for the next ten years. You can also expect a median salary of $78,000 once you graduate.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 program credits
  • Minimum Program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • At least 70% (21 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 Code  Course Title  Credits
 BUSN 1210 Management Essentials  3
 ACCT 3008 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers  3
 SOSC 2140 or BUSN 3310 Behaviour in Organizations or Organizational Management Skills  3
 BUSN 3350 Human Resource Management  3
 BLAW 3750 (formerly BUSN 3750) Employment Law  3
 BLAW 3760 (formerly BUSN 3760) Labour Relations  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    30



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.