Human Resource Management & Labour Relations

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Credentials available

  • Bachelor of Management
  • Bachelor of Management as a Second Degree
  • Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management
  • Management Certificate
  • Combined degrees with Management (Lethbridge campus)


  • Lethbridge
  • Calgary


Fall & Spring

Program description

Human resources and labour relations professionals manage any organization’s greatest resource – its people!

Competent, culturally sensitive and highly organized, human resource and labour relations professionals add significant value and display competence in an array of specialized areas, including: talent management; employment law; health and safety, performance management; training and development; and diversity and inclusion.

Professionals with this degree are strategic leaders in the organization. They are critical for the successful management of complex and constantly evolving environments. They work with both employers and employees to create productive and fair workplaces.

Human Resource Management and Labour Relations managers are also among the most in-demand jobs in Canada in 2019 (

About the Human Resource Management and Labour Relations (HRMLR) major

Students majoring in HRMLR study a broad range of topics including how and why people behave as they do in organizations, managing organizational change, identifying training needs and creating opportunities for employee career development, managing in a unionized environment, leading people and teams, ensuring the work environment is physically and psychologically healthy, and managing diverse workplaces.

Students should take Research Methodology (MGT 2700) as early as possible, as it provides a foundation for the senior-level courses. uLethbridge offers a wide variety of electives, not all of which are offered every term. Plan in advance to ensure you can take all of the courses that interest you.

CPHR accreditation

The Bachelor of Management with a major in Human Resources Management and Labour Relations is accredited by the Chartered Professional In Human Resources (CPHR). That means a student of this major can waive the CPHR National Knowledge Exam, a requirement for individual CPHR designation. You also only require three years of professional human resources experience to receive the full CPHR designation, whereas those who do not graduate with a degree from an accredited institution require eight years of experience.

AACSB accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International is the world’s largest global business education network and the Dhillon School of Business is part of only six per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by this international network.

Students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school are contenders for careers with top, global organizations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools; they are offered more competitive salaries; they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and they have more employers interested in them after graduation.

When you graduate from the Dhillon School of Business you’ll get all these AACSB benefits as well as the assurance of the highest quality and most relevant education out there.

Dual campuses

We also offer the flexibility of two campuses: Lethbridge and Calgary. Our Calgary Campus will meet the needs of working professionals with evening and weekend classes, while the Lethbridge campus is more traditional with an emphasis on daytime classes and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities to explore. Both locations welcome international and mature students.

Additional opportunities

You may also choose to add a minor to your HRMLR major. A minor will enhance your resume and be recognized on your transcript. Several minors complement HRMLR, such as not-for-profit/social responsibility, new media, and population health. Learn more about our available minors.

Experiential education opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to apply the theories they've learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations. As a Dhillon student, you'll have access to these programs and more:

You can also visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn about more student experience opportunities.

Management Certificate

If you’re changing your focus professionally or if you do not wish to pursue an entire degree, complete a management certificate in this area of study.

Possible careers

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Compensation and Benefits Analyst
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Learning and Development Coordinator
  • Staffing and HR Planner
  • Labour Relations Consultant
  • Outplacement Specialist
  • Industrial Relations Specialist/Manager
  • Job Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Negotiator/ Advisor

“I added HRMLR to my degree in my second year at uLethbridge. The [Dhillon School of Business​] has given me many occasions to further myself, and better my future. I am currently involved in a role in the Management Students’ Society, which has brought forth great networking opportunities while working with many amazing students. I’m very eager for my future with a career in human resources.“
- Leila, BMgt Human Resource Management & Labour Relations / BSc Psychology

Sample classes

  • HRLR 3315: Diversity in Employment
  • HRLR 4390: Leading Organizational Change
  • HRLR 3310: Collective Labour Relations
  • HRLR 3312: Strategic Compensation
  • HRLR 4355: Training and Development 

For a complete list of courses available in our Human Resource Management and Labour Relations program, check out our program planning guide (PDF).

Additional information

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.
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