Bachelor of Commerce Major in Human Resources Management

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  • Credential: degree
  • Credits: 120
  • Next start: monthly

In today's business landscape, human resources is about much more than administrative tasks—it's integral to an organization's long-term planning and strategy. That's why our online Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management at Athabasca University combines essential business knowledge, like accounting and finance, with specialized HR training in recruitment, employee training, health and safety, employment law, and motivation strategies. Graduating with this degree equips you with the comprehensive skill set you need to become an impactful HR professional, capable of contributing meaningfully to your department and organization as a whole.

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About Bachelor of Commerce Major in Human Resources Management

At AU, our online human resources (HR) degree is crafted to provide you with not just HR-specific knowledge but also a broad understanding of business essentials. The program's flexible online format allows you to study at your own pace, making it ideal for those who are working, raising a family, or juggling other commitments while pursuing their education.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Please note: If you have a degree in administration, business, commerce or management, or a degree with a related major or concentration from AU or another university, you cannot apply to the Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management Major program.

Program details


Human resources is no longer just an administrative function. Today, HR is a part of an organization's business planning and long-term strategy. This means that HR managers need grounding in accounting, finance, and strategic management.

Athabasca University's online Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management Major gives you this key training, along with an in-depth knowledge of HR topics including:

  • recruitment, selection, and training of employees
  • health and safety
  • employment law
  • motivation and productivity

With your Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management, you will have the broad-based business knowledge you need to become a successful HR professional who can contribute to departmental and organizational goals.

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Our Faculty of Business also holds AACSB accreditation, placing us among the elite 6% of business schools worldwide. This distinguished accreditation, known as the gold standard in the industry, is a testament to the rigor and depth of our program, and the high-quality education it provides.

Routes and options

The Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Management Major is a 4-year online degree program. If you already have a post-secondary diploma, you can take the shorter post-diploma route. There are no set start dates - you can enrol at any time and register for courses right away.

Post-diploma route

There are 2 possible routes into the post-diploma option, with an additional option available for students who have completed a business diploma in Ontario. Faculty of Business diploma to degree routes.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 2 years (post-diploma route) or 4 years (degree route) of full-time study. Or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you don't qualify for the post-diploma route, you can still get credit for courses at other institutions, or life experience. However, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at AU. More about transfer and advanced credit at AU

More about transfer and advanced credit at AU

Transfer credit will not be accepted if course(s) completed more than:

  • 10 years ago in the business and administrative studies area of study at the senior (300/400) level;
  • 5 years ago in CMIS (all levels);
  • 10 years ago in statistics (all levels).

If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived. Transfer credit being used to satisfy options other than those in the business and administrative studies area will not be restricted.

Request and send your transcripts if you want us to consider your previous post-secondary education for transfer credit.

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