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Business Administration

Get down to business.

Grow your career in business and management

Human Resources Concentration


Employers tell us that their most successful employees communicate well and understand how their organization works. They know how the functions of marketing, finance and operations connect and how human behaviour impacts the effectiveness of an organization.

Whether you are mid career or beginning your career, the Business Administration program at McMaster, developed in collaboration with the DeGroote School of Business, will help you develop the skills and knowledge that employers are
looking for.

Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Diploma. Upon completion of the Diploma, students can apply up to 24 units towards degree studies.

Why Human Resources?

Human capital is the greatest resource within an organization. Recruiting, planning, training, compensating, understanding employee/labour relations and developing employees to maximize their potential are critical to an organization’s success. Learning the core business competencies, combined with a university level specialization in Human Resources will help you better manage the people within your organization to ensure they are informed, engaged and productive.

Who should take this program?

  • Anyone with human resources duties wishing to enhance their skills;
  • Anyone working in business;
  • New and current managers;
  • Anyone looking to enter the field of business;
  • Recent college/university graduates; or,
  • Professionals pursuing designations.

Business Administration - Human Resources Requirements

To earn a Diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, you must complete five core courses and four elective courses. Each course in the diploma is worth 3.0 units.You can complete the program at your own pace. Please contact the us to develop a study plan.

Please Note: BUS 860 (Foundations of Business Finance) is replacing HRM 817 (Business Finance & Accounting)  as a core course. Students who already took HRM 817  do NOT need to take BUS 860.

HRM 897 Recruitment & Selection has been renamed Talent Acquisition, active as of Spring 2019 ​

Elective Courses (Take any 4 including HRM 901 Human Resources Management)

HRM 901 is required for Human Resources Concentration