Program Overview

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 labour relations and compensation and benefits administration.

Program Details

Program Code
120 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Part Time Offerings

2024 September
Fully Online
2025 January
Fully Online
2025 May
Fully Online
2023 September
Fully Online
2024 January
Fully Online
2024 May
Fully Online
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

A requirement for graduation is the completion of a paid Co-operative Education work 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.


Upon graduating from this human resources degree, you may be eligible to complete a Master’s degree program at many other post-secondary institutions or complement your degree with a graduate certificate offered by Fanshawe. This program includes all nine credits required for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations from the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). You may also have the required knowledge to pursue industry designation(s). Professional designations often require two or more years of relevant work experience, or the writing of an exam, in addition to completing your academic studies. You may be eligible for the Project Management Institute educational component for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certificate. 


Available in a traditional in-class format with September admission. A part-time, online (asynchronous) degree completion option is available for students who have completed an advanced diploma in Human Resources.

The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) degree is one of four areas of specialization including Digital Marketing, Accounting and Management. Students will be asked to select a specialization when applying to their first year on the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Please note that the degree program has a common first year of study. Therefore, students will have the option to change their specialization prior to their second year of study, without extending the length of their program, if they choose to.

Laptop requirements

Please note, this program requires a laptop. It is recommended that students use a PC laptop vs. a Mac laptop, as Windows is required to be able to load program-specific software. For more information on specific requirements, visit the Laptop Requirements page on the Fanshawe CONNECTED website.


Co-op Opportunities & Career information ​​​​​​

Co-op Opportunities

The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students with the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand work experience within their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) students before even graduating! 

HR Coordinator - provide support through the development and management of policies and procedures.

HR Analyst - an opportunity to have a wide variety of responsibilities to provide meaningful work in a fast-paced environment that promotes well-rounded development.

HR Assistant - support a large company with their values and engagement, recruiting, onboarding and training, health and safety procedures, and employee relations

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) program will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities supporting the most important asset in any organization; its people. Graduates find careers in a variety of sectors (e.g., government, non-profit, education, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, financial services) and in roles that include:

  • human resources training coordinator
  • recruiter
  • compensation analyst
  • health and safety specialist
  • labour relations representative
  • benefits administrator
  • training manager
  • industrial relations manager
  • talent acquisition specialist
  • human resources generalist

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources Management) program:

Human Resources Administrator

Support the human resources functions of an organization by assisting with recruitment, scheduling interviews, reference checks and hiring employees.

Human Resources Advisor

Provide advice on a broad spectrum of human resources practices, including recruitment, performance development, orientation, onboarding and organizational design.

Human Resources Business Partner

Support all key human resources functions including recruitment, selection, employee relations and engagement, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and policies/procedures.



Sydney P Headshot

I started the online human resources diploma at Fanshawe and laddered into the online Business Administration - Human Resources advanced diploma. I always knew I wanted to complete my degree and was thrilled to learn that I could stay at Fanshawe and transfer my credits into the business degree in HR management, also completing it fully online! Finishing my business degree at Fanshawe meant that I could continue to get involved in the campus community as a member of the Equity, Diversion, and Inclusion Anti-Oppression task force. Being able to be a fully online student was perfect for me too as I was able to work while completing my education. From the approachable professors and the hands-on co-op work experience, I'm confident I'm prepared to start my career in HR!

Sydney P.
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify the functional areas of business (e.g., management, marketing, human resources, accounting) and recognize how each area contributes to the successful operation of an organization
  2. Identify and assess the performance of an organization by collecting and interpreting data, and preparing and analyzing financial statements as well as other reports
  3. Identify and examine interrelated (internal and external) factors that influence organizational culture and employee behaviours and performance
  4. Define and assess the business environment and objectives of an organization to plan marketing initiatives based on core marketing principles
  5. Plan, implement, and evaluate projects and programs, using project planning principles and tools
  6. Recognize and adhere to the legal, ethical, economic, social, and professional frameworks within which an individual and organization operates
  7. Analyze and evaluate the role of sectors, organizational structures and sizes, and the interdependence of functional areas in the development and implementation of strategies supporting organizational objectives
  8. Develop a comprehensive business plan based on relevant research that integrates business principles, best practices, and environmental considerations
  9. Apply social intelligence to build and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders as appropriate in an inclusive, diverse, globalized business culture
  10. Research, analyze, and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative data from appropriate sources to support strategic and operational decisions
  11. Evaluate and describe the purpose of existing and emerging technologies and leverage systems [that collect, organize, analyze, and communicate information] to support the achievement of organizational objectives
  12. Evaluate and implement risk management strategies and processes to support individual and organizational performance and success
  13. Set goals and adopt strategies to engage in life-long learning and personal professional development that promotes currency and innovation with emerging trends and technologies
  14. Design evidence-based human resources management policies, procedures, and programs based on internal and external environmental factors to align with the strategic and operational goals of an organization
  15. Develop, implement, and support the recruitment and management of staff, training and development, performance management, and compensation strategies for an organization
  16. Develop strategies to foster positive employee relations, mediate and manage disputes and grievances in unionized and non-unionized environments, and negotiate collective agreements
  17. Support the development, implementation, and management of an organizational change plan for promoting organizational development and improving performance
  18. Interpret and apply statute and common law principles, including employment and occupational health and safety laws, to the operation of an organization
  19. Use human resources information systems (HRIS) to make evidence-based decisions that enable human resources departments to perform effectively and strategically
  20. Examine the social, cultural, political, and legislative dimensions of human resources management policies, procedures, and programs for domestic and transnational organizations


Program Coordinator:
Prof.  Laura De Luca, MBA, CPA, CGA, CIA, CISA

Academic Advisor:
Katie Helmeczy


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature applicant with the following courses

- Grade 12 English (U) - minimum final grade of 65

 Grade 12 Mathematics (U) - minimum final grade of 65

- Four additional Grade 12 U of M level courses

- Final minimum average of 65% based on the highest six Grade 12 (U or M) courses required

Applicants with Post-secondary Education

- Applicants who have successfully completed a two-year diploma at an accredited college with an overall GPA of 2.5 will be considered as having met the admission requirements if they also have grade 12 (or equivalent) U level Math and English courses.

- Applicants applying from a university with a minimum average of 65% in the last ten full credit or full credit equivalent courses will be considered as having met the admission requirements if they also have grade 12 (or equivalent) U level Math and English courses.

Students missing the required courses may want to consider starting with our Business Fundamentals certificate or Business - Human Resources diploma program and later transferring to the degree program.

Note: Qualifying graduates of the Business - Human Resources diploma or Business Administration - Human Resources advanced diploma programs may choose to transfer into this degree program after completing the bridging requirements.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands
PTE Academic 59
Cambridge English Overall score of 176 with no language skill less than 169
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 9, 75% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 120, with no score lower than 105


Learn More about English Language Requirements

Recommended Academic Preparation

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

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Read about different types of learning styles and assess personal learning style to strengthen study skills prior to entering the program 
  • Strengthen problem solving, critical thinking and time management skills
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • 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. 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 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

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. 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)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Achievement in Post-Secondary Studies* (if applicable)
  • *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. 
Ministry Consent and AccreditationPresident: P. Devlin, CMM, MSC, CD, HBA, MSS
Senior Vice-President Academic Services: G. Lima, MA
Vice-President Student Services: M. Beaudoin, BA, MLS
Dean, Faculty of Business: M. Pierce, B.A., M.A.(Ed)
Associate Dean, Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: L. Schwerzmann, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.
S. Webb, LL.B., MIR, PhD
R. Gill, CPHR, PhD
N. Budhwani, MBA, MEd, PhD
C. Newton, BBA, BEd, MBA, DBA (in progress), PMP
J. Harren, BA, MIR, CHRL
S. Wang, BSc, MSc, PhD
D. Johnson, BSc, MSc, MBA
J. Pitek, MIRHR, PhD

Within the program, breadth courses are taught by a variety of faculty with graduate credentials in Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. Fanshawe College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this degree program for a seven-year term starting November 2014. The College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

The College is currently undergoing the process for renewing consent to offer this program and retains consent to offer the program during that process.


Core Courses
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)

Group 1
MATH-7007Mathematics for Decision Making4
In this course, students will study the fundamental mathematical concepts required to understand and analyze a variety of business-related applications. These applications include: mathematics of merchandising, cost-volume-profit analysis, simple and compound interest, annuities, debt retirement through amortization or sinking funds, bonds, net present value, and internal rate of return.
ACCT-7002Accounting 1-Intro4
This introductory course in financial accounting gives students an overview of accounting concepts, the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for various forms (proprietorship, partnership and corporation) and types (service and merchandising) of business. Other topics include: recording merchandising transactions using a perpetual vs. periodic inventory system, owner investments/withdrawals including shareholder equity transactions, cash flow and financial statement analysis.
COMP-7012Computer Applications for Business3
This is an introductory course where students will learn to use the major elements of the Microsoft Office application suite, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The training is provided in a hands-on lab and entails the completion of weekly assignments pertaining to each of the application areas. Emphasis will be placed on developing analytical skills in Excel at intermedia level. This course will prepare students to take an active role as knowledge workers.
MGMT-7006Management Fundamentals3
MGMT 7006 is a foundation course in the principles and practices of managing people and organizations. Structured around four functions of management-namely, leading, planning, organizing and controlling, the course looks at the challenges managers face in modern organizations. Topics include analysis of environmental constraints and the development of internal resources in relation to leading and planning and the role of structure, process and controls in organizing and controlling.
COMM-7018Professional Comm. in a Diverse World3
This course teaches students the fundamentals of intercultural and diverse communication; topics examined include identity, ethics, and multiculturalism issues, and are studied in the form of case studies and thematic readings. Students learn how to craft effective communications (written, nonverbal and verbal) that are sensitive to issues involving geographic, cultural, gender and ability diversity. These issues are examined through the lens of professional communications. Assessments in this course encompass both written assignments and presentations (individual and group).
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.