JR Shaw School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration Human Resource Management Concentration

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Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Take your people skills to a new level

As a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Human Resource Management student, you'll learn how to attract, retain and develop people within an organization.

Human Resource (HR) Management is a strategic part of any organization. Finding the right people at the right time can lead to a successful and profitable organization. The BBA Human Resource Management emphasis will provide you with the skills and understanding in HR.

Our course delivery is flexible, allowing you to take your classes in the daytime or evening, depending on your schedule. Some of the required Human Resource Management courses are not available through online delivery; therefore, this emphasis cannot be completed online through NAIT.

HRMT4440 and HRMT4441 are not available through online delivery. If you would like to complete this emphasis online, please contact the program office for information on alternative course options. Please note, NAIT cannot guarantee optional course availability.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you are looking to expand your skills, our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the JR Shaw School of Business is accredited by CPHR Alberta. If you receive a 2.7 overall GPA you may be exempt from writing the knowledge exam to become a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). CPHR Alberta will provide you with the tools you’ll need to pursue a CPHR Designation.

The Human Resource Management emphasis in the BBA fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The guidelines are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Building on best practice and technical workplace skills, you'll be taught situational case studies in change management and leadership. A focus on critical thinking and analysis will help prepare you for key decision-making roles.

In the BBA with a Human Resource Management emphasis program, you’ll develop skills and understanding in:

  • compensation
  • training and development
  • occupational health and safety
  • mediation
  • conflict resolution
  • performance management

Students taking the BBA with Human Resource Management emphasis complete:

  • 10 common first-year courses (required by students in all NAIT business programs)
  • 10 required finance courses
  • 16 core BBA general business courses
  • 4 elective courses (which may include additional human resource management courses)

All human resources-related courses have prerequisites, so it is important to carefully plan the order of your studies.

BBA degree with emphasis

In the BBA career path with Human Resource Management emphasis, you will earn an emphasis on your transcript showing that you graduated in a specialized field of studies. This emphasis does not appear on your graduation parchment, but will be noted on your official student transcripts.

Program schedule

Our course delivery is flexible, allowing you to take your classes in the daytime, evening or online to suit your schedule. We also have transfer credit and prior learning assessments for those who have done prior post-secondary or other formal training experience.

You can expect to spend on average:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
  • 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.

After graduation

Courses in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree can help you achieve industry-recognized credentials like the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Graduates enjoy careers in all sectors of business including profit, not-for-profit and public service.

Possible career opportunities include: 

  • HR generalist
  • personnel and recruitment officers
  • compensation managers
  • HR information system specialists
  • labour relations managers
  • mediators and arbitrators
  • HR directors

Common first year

In the first year of the program, all business students take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields in order to decide which is the best fit. In the second, third and fourth years of studies, you will take the required courses to pursue an emphasis in Finance. 

BBA degree with emphasis

In the BBA career path with Finance emphasis, you will earn an emphasis on your transcript showing that you graduated in a specialized field of studies. This emphasis does not appear on your graduation parchment, but will be noted on your official student transcripts.

Apply in APAS

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Bachelor of Business Administration when selecting the program on the  Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). More information can be found under How to Apply below.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.