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Business Administration - Human Resources

Available at: Kingston


The most valuable resources of any business are the people who work there – the human resources. Business and government leaders now recognize that human resources must be managed more effectively if companies are to increase productivity in today’s competitive market. Human Resources graduates have been trained to assist in the HR development process.

The student also has an opportunity in the program to take a minor specialization in either accounting or marketing through their business elective selections (BELE 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000).

See what our students have said about their experiences in the program! 

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Learn more about the path from Business programs to the Bachelor of Business Administration program.

*NOTE: You can start this program in October and January. Applicants should apply at as a Business Fundamentals (0973) student. All students will start in this program and transition into the Business program area of their choice.



Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Human Resources Programs find employment in the following areas: human resources administration, recruitment and selection, wage and salary administration, training and development, labour relations, workplace safety, management and supervisory positions, accounting, marketing, or information systems, depending on the student’s minor area of study.

Program Name

Business Administration - Human Resources

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates

*NOTE - for November, applicants should apply at OCAS as a Business Fundamentals student (K0973OC) and will transition into the Business program area of their choice.

Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Work Placement costs are minimal since most students locate placement within the Kingston area. Those who choose to do a placement out of town are expected to cover all of their own expenses related to their placement.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
ACCT 1 Introductory Accounting 1
ADMN 1000 Introduction to Canadian Business
CARE 60 Career Development
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
MATH 35 Introductory Business Math
GENE 114 Professional Effectiveness

Semester 2
ADMN 2000 Workplace Dynamics and Behaviour
COMM 39 Communications for Business
ECON 2 Macroeconomics
HUMA 53 Principles of Human Resources Management
MATH 53 Mathematics of Finance
Business Elective - choose TWO of the following:
MARK 201 Introductory Marketing 1
ACCT 2 Introductory Accounting II

Semester 3
HUMA 4  Training and Development
HUMA 15 Recruitment and Selection
HUMA 64 Applied Human Resources Management
HUMA 69 Compensation and Benefits Management
GENE General Education Course
Business Elective - choose TWO of the following:
ACCT 36 Accounting Software Applications
BLAW 1 Business Law
COMP 45 Advanced Excel
MARK 2 Professional Selling
PROJ 1 Project Management

Semester 4  
HUMA 5 Health, Safety & Security Administration
HUMA 9 Career and Diversity Management
HUMA 72 Current Human Resources Issues
HUMA 1079 Organizational Behaviour
GENE General Education Course
Business Elective - choose ONE of the following:
ACCT 30 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 36 Accounting Software Applications
ADMN 1100 Operations and Supply Chain Management
BLAW 1 Business Law
COMP 45 Advanced Excel
HUMA 40 Perspectives of Leadership
MARK 102 Entrepreneurship
MARK 40 Management Development Lab
MARK 2 Professional Selling
PROJ 1 Project Management
COMM 105 Advanced Communication for HR Professionals

Semester 5
ECON 10 Canadian Labour Economics
HUMA 2 Labour Relations
HUMA 12 Employment Law
MATH 75 Business Statistics
Business Elective - choose ONE of the following:
ACCT 30 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 36 Accounting Software Applications
BLAW 1 Business Law
COMP 45 Advanced Excel
MARK 2 Professional Selling
PROJ 1 Project Management

Semester 6
ADMN 60 Business Strategy
HUMA 1 Human Resource Planning
HUMA 66 Collective Bargaining and Dispute Resolution
INTN 1008 Human Resources Work Placement

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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Thanks to St. Lawrence College, I already have a job lined up for when I graduate. I’m going to be Human Resource Assistant at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital. It’s where I did my placement. I’m really flattered because they didn’t even have that position there. It was created after my placement because they noticed a need for it. So now I’ll be gaining experience in my career by job shadowing a professional in many respects, and getting paid. One of the main reasons college is so great is because you have that placement opportunity. I find it opens up a lot of doors for jobs. I would never have been able to land this position if I hadn’t gone there and showed them that they needed someone like me.

Leigh Preece

Program Contact

Spring Tompkins

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students starting in January must take the second semester during the spring/summer in order to be on track for the third semester in the fall.

The College works closely with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in the development of the Human Resources program. The program meets the academic requirements that lead to the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). See the HRPA website at for details regarding the academic requirements for the CHRP designation.

Advanced Standing

Graduates from a three-year business administration program have the opportunity to continue to the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration degree offered on the Kingston campus.

High school students with a minimum grade of 75% in Grade 12 M level accounting (BAT4M) are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Introductory Accounting, ACCT 1. Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator for details.

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