Earn a human resources degree with a paid co-op term
Fanshawe's four-year Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) degree program will provide you knowledge of business basics such as accounting, marketing, and computer applications. As well, you'll specialize and focus your skills in human resources management courses, including performance management, human resources planning, talent acquisition, employee and labor relations and compensation, and benefits administration. Available in a traditional in-class format with a September admission.
A requirement for graduation is the completion of a paid Co-operative Education term. This process combines your studies with paid, related work experience. Fanshawe will be there to help you find the right business fit for your dream. You'll have access to consultants who will deliver classes, counsel and advise you as you move from the classroom to the real business world.
Graduating with a human resources degree
Upon graduation, you may be eligible to complete a Master's degree program at many other institutions or complement your degree with a graduate certificate offered at Fanshawe College. Students currently enrolled in the Business-Human Resources diploma program or the Business Administration-Human Resources advanced diploma program may be eligible to receive advanced standing in this degree program.
All nine-course credits required for the CHRP professional designation are included in the program, so you'll graduate ready to begin your career.
A CONNECT lab fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.
Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.
This four-year honors degree program requires completion of one mandatory co-op work term.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Use the interdependence of various functional areas of business (i.e. financial, marketing, operations, human resources) to achieve organizational success in domestic and international environments.
Develop strategies that will achieve organizational goals through the integration of business methodologies that assess costs, benefits, risks, and opportunities, and that utilize current and emerging technology and trends.
Enhance business opportunities by incorporating external variables into various business decision models.
Assess the unique business needs of organizations of various sizes, the public sector, private sector, and not-for-profit firms.
Evaluate professional, ethical, and legal codes of conduct.
Research, analyze, and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources to support business decisions through effective problem solving, critical thinking, logic, and reasoning.
Communicate information, arguments, and analysis accurately and reliably for the message, audience, and purpose.
Perform effectively and efficiently within groups or teams, demonstrating leadership, team-building, conflict resolution, negotiating and influencing skills.
Design personal learning plans and integrate lifelong learning strategies into current and future development goals.
Assess resource allocation decisions that influence sustainability practices and drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental stewardship.
Analyze domestic and international business opportunities within an international context.
Plan, implement, and evaluate projects and programs, using project planning principles and tools.
Assess the overall financial performance of an organization.
Apply management-level decision-making and strategic planning skills.
Evaluate strategic human resources policies, procedures, and programs related to the following areas: staffing (recruitment, selection, retention, human capital strategy) and performance management; orientation, training, and development; diversity initiatives; health and safety; disability management; finance; employment legislation, basic contract law, and privacy laws.
Research and support the development of compensation and benefit plans that assist the organization to achieve its business goals.
Develop mechanisms, including policies, procedures, and programs, to foster positive employee relations, to mediate disputes/grievances in unionized and non-unionized environments, to facilitate arbitration, and to negotiate collective agreements.
Evaluate Human Resources plans to ensure alignment with organizational goals and responsiveness to current and future labor market conditions.
Manage training and organizational development and change initiatives including workforce design, development, and employee engagement initiatives, to support organizational effectiveness.
Establish and manage systems and processes to collect and safeguard Human Resources information.
Analyze and evaluate the required numerical and financial data for projecting the impact of human resources plans.
Assess workplace health and safety practices to ensure practices meet legislative requirements, analyze risk to the health and safety of employees, and determine appropriate preventative measures.
Assess how and why human resources programs, policies and procedures differ among countries and the limitations that will be experienced by human resources managers who have transnational responsibilities.
Take all of the following Mandatory (Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Core Courses is 2.5
(Students who complete BHR Level 4 and enter Level 5 of the BHM program must also complete COMM-7021, LIBS-7001, MGMT-7008, MGMT-7011, MATH-7007, METH-7022, ACCT-7014, LAWS-7002, MKTG-7002, ECON-7006 and a General Education Elective course from previous levels of the program)
(Students who complete BAH Level 6 and enter Level 7 of the BDM program must also complete COMM-7021, LIBS-7001, MGMT-7008, MKTG-7002, MGMT-7015, METH-7022, LAWS-7002, FINA-7006 and a General Education Elective course from previous levels of the program)
Level 1 In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 1 requirement below
MATH-7007 Mathematics for Decision Making
ACCT-7002 Accounting 1-Intro
COMP-7012 Computer Applications for Business
MGMT-7006 Management Fundamentals
Level 2In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 2 requirement below
MKTG-7001 Marketing 1
SYST-7001 Business Information Systems
COMM-7018 Professional Comm. in a Diverse World
Level 3In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 3 requirement below
ACCT-7014 Accounting for Managers
MGMT-7007 Human Resources Management
METH-7022 Statistics for Business
MGMT-7011 Leaders & Leadership
Level 4In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 4 requirement below
LAWS-7002 Business Law
MGMT-7008 Operations Management
MGMT-7009 Principles of Organizational Behaviour
MKTG-7002 Marketing 2
Level 5In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 5 requirement below
FINA-7006 Financial Management
METH-7024 Applied Research Methods
MKTG-7003 Strategic Website Management
MKTG-7004 Brand Management & Media Integration
Level 6In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 6 requirement below
MKTG-7005 Search Engine Marketing
MKTG-7006 Customer Behaviour
MKTG-7007 Digital Marketing
MGMT-7016 Managing Programs & Projects
Level 7In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 7 requirement below
MKTG-7011 Advanced Topics in Digital Marketing
MKTG-7008 Marketing & Metrics & Analysis
MKTG-7009 Managing Customer Relationships
ENTP-7001 Business Entrepreneurship
COOP-1021 Co-Op Educ. Employment Prep
Level 8In addition to the following mandatory courses, please refer to the Non-Core Level 8 requirement below
MKTG-7010 Current Issues in Marketing
MGMT-7024 Global Strategy & e-Commerce
MGMT-7025 Capstone Client Project
MGMT-7023 Strategic Policy & Planning
COOP-5001 Degree Co-Op Integration
Students Must Complete 1 Co-op Work Term
COOP-BDM1W BDM1 Co-op Work Term
Take all of the following Mandatory (Non-Core) Courses:
The Minimum Cumulative GPA for Non-Core courses is 2.0
COMM-7021 Argumentation & Persuasion
LIBS-7001 Ethics in a Global Context
General Education - Electives
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at the Introductory Level from two of the following subjects - Humanities, Social Science, Math, Science - Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3
Take 9 General Education Elective Credits at the Upper Level (Non-Introductory) - Normally taken in Levels 4, 5 and 6
Take 6 General Education Elective Credits at either the Introductory or Upper Level - Normally taken in Levels 7 and 8
Students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
fauxels / Pexels
OSSD with courses from the University (U) or University/College (M) stream with:
Grade 12 English (U) (Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Mathematics one of:
Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)(Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Plus four additional Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
A final minimum average of 65.0% based on the highest six Grade 12 University (U) or University/College (M) courses
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
Post-Secondary Standing* (if applicable)
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
In addition to required mathematics courses in secondary school, students are encouraged to take additional mathematics and accounting courses.
Recommended Personal Preparation
Read about different types of learning styles and assess personal learning styles to strengthen study skills prior to entering the program.
Strengthen problem-solving, critical thinking and time management skills.
Applicants with a Fanshawe College Diploma in Business - Human Resources with a minimum GPA of 3.5 can apply to Level 4 of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) Degree.
Applicants with a Fanshawe College Advanced Diploma in Business Administration - Human Resources with a minimum GPA of 3.0 can apply to Level 6 of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) Degree.
Applicants applying for individual course credits from Canadian universities must provide a detailed course content of theory and laboratory exercises (if appropriate).
International applicants may apply for course credit achieved at the post-secondary level. The detailed course content of theory and laboratory exercises from the international institution must be included with a transcript as part of the request (official documents provided to the Office of the Registrar in a sealed envelope). If a translation of the documents into English is necessary this must be performed by a recognized service.
Based on the guidelines established by the Postsecondary Quality Assessment Board for Honours Degree Programs, credits for advanced standing cannot exceed 50% of the program's total.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable).
Note:*Applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university or other post-secondary institutions and are applying to transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) program are considered on the basis of their post-secondary standing. Specifically, applicants currently enrolled in a university or who have previously attended university must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants with less than ten full credit courses must maintain a minimum average of 65.0% on all courses in order to be considered for admission. Applicants applying from a community college must have successfully completed a diploma program with an overall GPA of 2.5 in their program. In addition, all students applying from university or college must have completed the pre-requisite courses in Mathematics and English as stated in the Admission Requirements.
Students will be prepared both academically and experientially for a variety of human resources opportunities in many organizations and sectors, including government, non-profit, education, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, financial services, and many others. Graduates may work in positions such as an HR training coordinator, recruiter, compensation analyst, health and safety specialist, labor relations representative, benefits administrator or an HR generalist.