FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS BUHRF-DP Business Admin - Human Resource Management

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  • Two-year diploma with optional Co-op term
  • Laptop required (view Computer/Laptop Requirements)
  • Offered at the following campuses:
    • Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg (not offered at Notre Dame Campus)
    • Portage Campus, Portage la Prairie (offerings of majors for second year may be limited)
    • Winkler Campus, Winkler (offerings of majors for second year may be limited)
    • Steinbach Campus, Steinbach (offerings of majors for second year may be limited)

Are you passionate about people? Join a fascinating field powered by people, for people. HR practitioners makes significant contributions to the success of every organization.

Learn how to recruit new employees, manage benefits, improve corporate culture, increase employee productivity and create great places to work. Our dynamic program combines theory with hands-on case studies and mock interview scenarios.

Upon completion, students can begin the professional certification process for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). HRM graduates who choose to pursue the CPHR designation may be eligible for exemption from the National Knowledge Exam (NKE)

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.
Regular Admission Requirements
  • Apply to the Business Administration program. You will choose a major while attending the common first term of the program, provided a term GPA of 1.0 is achieved.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Other Fees
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
Year 2
1Fees for Term 2 only - See main page for Term 1 fees.
2Optional Term 5 Co-op Fee
3Fees for Term 2 only - See main page for Term 1 fees.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
ACCT-1071Accounting FundamentalsRPL
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In this course, the student will be introduced to fundamental accounting principles, concepts and techniques. This course will focus on double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements focusing on sole proprietorship. Period end processes, such as adjusting accounts and the closing process are also discussed. The result is a complete presentation of the accounting cycle for service and merchandise businesses. Throughout the course, interpreting financial statements from a non-accounting manager perspective will be included.

ADMN-1010Introduction to Canadian BusinessRPL
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the complexities of the Canadian business environment. Exposure to business frameworks, accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resource management and operations management will be provided. Special emphasis is placed on small business; the driver of the economy and creator of most new jobs. The course will include case studies, applications, and analyses of Canadian businesses.

ADMN-1012Research Methods
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This course introduces the student to the importance of designing, gathering, and analyzing research in order to make better business decisions. It is their first step in learning how to perform a detailed data analysis. Through classroom lecture and discussions, the student will explore the research process by focusing on monitoring key performance indicators, problem definition, hypothesis formulation, and variable types and data sources. By the end of this course, the student will be able to analyze data, interpret their findings, and present the results of their research.

ADMN-2052Business Strategy
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In the final semester, this program capstone will integrate and apply the knowledge gained by students throughout the program to assess the strategy of a business. Determining the ramifications of the strategy and how it impacts the business both short and long term is critical to business success. Through group case studies and simulations, students will focus on how an effective strategy provides a clear roadmap, consisting of guiding principles that define and prioritize actions organizations should take to achieve desired goals given the external environment, internal resources, and the needs of multiple stakeholders.   

This course should be taken in your final academic term.
ADMN-2053Business Law
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In this course the student will develop an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities attached to a wide range of activities necessary to conduct business and commerce. The goal of this course is to teach the legal aspects and consequences of various business endeavours and to introduce the following areas of law: contract, tort, property, and case analysis using legal writing.

ADMN-2057Topics in Global Business
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This course will acquaint students with significant domestic and global issues facing Canadian organizations. Using historic and current events, this course examines the ethical, social, technological, and sustainability challenges confronting the world and how these affect organizations. Students will answer the questions: “What does it mean to be a responsible business in a constant state of flux?”, and “How does a responsible business adapt?”

ADMN-2058Organizational Behaviour
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This course serves as an introduction to the field of organizational behaviour with a specific focus on how individuals work together within organizational systems to achieve common goals. The student will study the impact individuals and groups have on the organization through a wide breadth of theories and applications. Topics include dealing with different personalities, diversity, innovation, adaptability, Emotional Intelligence (EI), group dynamics, perception and decision-making, conflict, and ethics. The student will study and develop an awareness of how these topics can create an effective work environment and cultivate positive organizational citizenship.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-2055Client Relationships
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This course further develops the student's communication skills as they apply to the world of business. The student will learn to select appropriate modes of communication and practice with applying different types of strategies in managing client relationships and building networks. The significance of teamwork in business through participation in group work will be examined. The student will also practice and develop client interview skills applicable in all areas of business to support internal and external customer service, problem solving, needs assessment and sales. Technologies will be explored including the application of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The student will also submit a series of documents used in business communication. 

COMM-2174Communication for Business
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Do you trust your own judgement? Can you make decisions confidently, give feedback constructively, and handle disagreements professionally? Your ability to successfully work in the business sector requires strong communicative competence.

In this Communication for Business course, the student will continue to develop their communicative competence by collaborating with their peers to manage and present information in oral and written form, demonstrate active listening, and practice negotiation/persuasion strategies in a business context (marketing, sales, and customer service).

COMM-3064Human Resources Communications
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Human Resources (HR) communication impacts employee engagement, productivity, and organizational success. This course will build on the skills taught in earlier communication courses by focusing on the purpose, audience, context, and tone in HR-specific contexts. Students will apply communication techniques to HR activities including recruiting and orientation, preparing HR documents and policies, and explaining complex HR concepts. Students will tailor messages for diverse audiences and communicate strategically across a variety of formats and multiple communication channels. The course will require students to practice active listening, coaching, and delivering difficult messages.  

Take COMM-2174, or both COMM-1000 and COMM-2000.
Take HUMR-1064 or HUMR-1015
COMP-1255Business ApplicationsRPL
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This course is offered in a blended format featuring online content with in class workshops on current topics in computing. This is a hands-on course where the student will develop skills in the use of Windows, Word, and PowerPoint, advanced skills in Excel and exposure to relational databases. A final project integrates these applications.

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This course introduces the student to the principles of economic theory through discussion and application of the economic concepts that will help the student improve their problem-solving and decision making skills. Course content will focus on supply and demand, elasticity, market structures, monetary systems, economic growth, and international trade. Alternative economic systems and economic reconciliation will also be discussed.

HUMR-1064Human Resource ManagementRPL
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This course introduces the student to the comprehensive responsibilities of Human Resource Management in today’s evolving and diverse business environment. The student will learn how Human Resource Managers apply best practices, provide value, manage the global marketplace, and oversee talent in the workplace. Specific emphasis will be placed on the topics of recruitment, job analysis, legal compliance, human capital, training, performance management, and building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.

HUMR-2016Contemporary Topics in HR Management
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This course offers a dynamic approach to learning where the student is encouraged to discuss and evaluate current events in Human Resource Management that impact the formulation and administration of policy. Applying theoretical concepts and personal experience, the student will participate in a variety of learning activities including discussion sessions, lectures from industry, case studies, role-plays and simulations. Topics include disability management, accommodation, return to work, wellness, workforce diversity, HR systems, change management, policy development and implementation, and privacy issues.

HUMR-2065Recruitment and Selection
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This course will provide a conceptual understanding of the staffing function in the human resources management department. The student will learn recruitment sourcing, selecting, hiring, and on-boarding techniques to address organizational needs. The student will also learn the benefits of workplace diversity, inclusion and equity and how to apply these principles to recruitment and selection processes. Social media and network platforms will be used to develop proactive recruitment and acquisition techniques. The student will participate in mock recruitment and interviews to learn best practices and follow workplace policies for selection and hiring. The student will also learn to evaluate existing staffing programs for efficiency and legal compliance.

HUMR-2066Training and Development
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This course will examine the connection between learning and development and the strategic goals of an organization. The student will learn to review job analyses to determine the need for training and development, plan internal and external methods of delivery, and determine ways to measure the effectiveness of programs. The student will identify conditions for effective training, and design and deliver training initiatives using best practices. The student will explore a variety of training methods to meet the needs of diverse audiences and types of work, and how to provide accommodations to meet the needs of learners. This course will utilize technologies that support, track and report the progress of employee training and development.

HUMR-2067Compensation and Benefits
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As part of an organization’s overall strategic human resources framework, a competitive compensation strategy is vital to attracting and retaining employees with the necessary skills and abilities while aligning employee and organizational goals. This course provides the student with a framework for the creation and evaluation of effective compensation systems that support organizational strategies through effective decision analysis, job evaluation, job analysis, salary surveys, labour market data analysis and internal/external equity alignment. Topics also include legal compliance, motivational theories, pension plans, recognition and reward programs, performance management, termination, and emerging trends/issues in compensation and benefits.

Take HUMR-1064 or or HUMR-1015
HUMR-2068HR Management Research and Planning
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In this capstone course the student will apply the competencies gained in prior courses taken in the Human Resource Management stream. Working in a team, the student will demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the collaborative development of a strategic plan. The student will apply skills related to strategic planning including forecasting workforce supply and demand, implementation of HR information management systems and analytics, and other current trends in HRM. This course culminates in a presentation of their team's strategic plan.

HUMR-2069Labour Relations
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This course explores contemporary labour relations in Canada. The student will explore the interactions between employers and employees with specific emphasis and a deeper focus on management-union relationships. Major topics include the Canadian labour market, the history of unions, labour legislation, the negotiation process, collective agreements and collective bargaining processes, dispute resolution methods, and contract administration. The student will learn to develop their communication, collaboration and negotiation skills through mock negotiation and bargaining processes.

MATH-1078Business Mathematics
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This foundational course demonstrates the importance of mathematics in today’s business environment. Through a modular design, the student will explore the terminology, characteristics, and calculations of business measures as they relate to general business skills, accounting, human resource management, logistics, marketing, and financial services

MGMT-1093Conflict Resolution
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This course will examine a range of perspectives, practices, and strategies for resolving conflict. Through readings and hands-on activities, the student will explore the history and causes of conflict and discover how individuals act and react in different conflict situations. The student will apply the materials in this course to their own experiences, contexts, and settings, and develop an integrative perspective in which the implication of different theories and research for conflict resolution practice is understood. The student will also apply strategies for resolving conflict and develop skills for positive, performance evaluation. By exploring Indigenous approaches to conflict resolution, the student will learn to appreciate the importance of culture in conflict resolution. The student will also review a number of tools for conducting self-assessments and identifying their personality profile to develop greater self-awareness and Emotional Intelligence.

MRKT-1017Marketing Foundations
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This course focuses on the high level role that marketing plays in strategic planning and organizational management. This course takes a student-centred approach to the current customer-focused marketing landscape in today’s digital and global world. The student will gain an in depth understanding of the marketing mix and the impact these elements have on the marketing process. The student will apply the broad framework of market segmentation using the concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning (STP). The student will segment a market by organizing the market into groups, use targeting to send a message to potential segments, and use positioning to identify how customers view a product or service.

PROJ-1009Project Management
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Project management is required by every business and industry to deliver products and services to the marketplace. In this course, the student will learn how to manage multiple projects on time and on budget. This course is the first step in preparing the student to initiate, plan, execute and control a project from start to finish. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, the student will develop a  strong foundation in project management that applies to organizations of all types and sizes.

SAFE-2020Workplace Health and Safety
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This course focuses on the role of legislation and government initiatives in protecting the safety and health of workers. The student will learn the rights and responsibilities of employees, employers and supervisors in complying with safety and health legislation. The student will also explore the ways that Human Resources departments support health, safety and wellness committees and other initiatives in the workplace by writing policies, designing safety training, and assisting with discipline. The student will also learn how to motivate employees to work safely, create an emergency plan, and conduct a job hazard analysis for health and safety risk management. This course will also cover respectful workplace conduct and legislation and workplace harassment and violence prevention.


CO-OP/Practicum Information

Are you a current Business Administration (BA) program student who would like to gain program-related industry experience to help jump-start your career? 

You can enhance your education through an optional co-operative education (co-op) placement. The 15-week paid co-op placement provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Apply the knowledge gained in your academic studies to a workplace environment
  • Gain valuable industry experience
  • Make industry contacts
  • Attain a competitive advantage for job search upon graduation
  • Gain practical knowledge about the workplace environment, including expectations, behaviour and ethics required to be successful.
  • Receive a BA Co-op Program diploma
There are a limited number of co-op placements each year (approximately 60), and the number of placements allocated to each BA major may vary from year to year. 

You will be competing for admission to the COOP program based on program grade point average (GPA) and interviews with potential employers. (Because of this competitive nature, not all students will secure a placement and placements are not guaranteed).

If you successfully secure a co-op placement, you will register into an additional term (Term 5) and be assessed tuition fees. Payment of the tuition fees will be required prior to the start of your co-op placement. These fees cover:

  • Work placement development
  • Pre-employment instruction
  • Employment related monitoring including support from and evaluation by RRC Polytech’s Work Integrated Learning Coordinator during and after your placement


Annual application deadline: September 15

APPLY to the optional co-op placement if:

    • You have successfully completed Term 1 and Term 2:
    • Have a minimum BA program GPA of 3.0
    • Have a Minimum grade of B in all program communication courses
Applicants will be ranked in descending order of program GPA and offers of conditional admission will be issued to successful applicants until all conditional seats are filled. 

Once you have received a conditional admission, you will be required to maintain your eligibility by complete the following:

    • Successfully completing all courses from Term 3 and Term 4
    • Minimum BA program GPA of 3.0 
    • Completing the COOP preparation course
    • Securing a co-op placement through an interview process
Once all requirements have been met, you will be officially admitted to the Co-op program.

If you are not successful in meeting the above requirements or securing a co-op placement, your non-refundable co-op program application will be cancelled and you will remain in the regular BA program.


Students considering the Co-op program or employers interested in offering a placement may contact:

Brian Rochat
Phone: 204-230-1429

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Beginning Fall 2022, the Business Administration program will require students to bring a laptop.

Business Administration requires a Microsoft Windows 10 or Windows 11 device. 

MacOS is not compatible with business software used in this program; please see footnote at the bottom of this page.*

Devices must be ready to use on the first day of classes (or orientation) and students should be familiar with the basic operation of their machine. Electronic resources, software and applications will be introduced in the first few days of the term and will be in use during classes almost immediately.

Students do not have to buy from a specific vendor or manufacturer; they are free to find the best device that meets or exceeds the minimum specifications for their program.

Minimum hardware requirements:


Minimum Requirement


Intel® Core™ i5 Processor or AMD equivalent

RAM (memory)



Integrated or external


USB, with integrated microphone


IEEE 802.11ac / n


One USB 2+, HDMI

Additional Considerations:
  • Students are responsible for their own device maintenance and repairs (operating system and hardware)
  • RRC Polytech will provide on-campus network connectivity, and will provide support for software licensed by the College.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is provided at no additional charge for students
  • Laptops with 4-6 hours battery life between charges are ideal for on-campus learning
  • Ensure you have a reliable internet connection while off-campus; RRC Polytech recommends a minimum speed of 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
*If you intend to use a Mac, you must configure your Mac to run Microsoft Windows. What does this mean for you? This means that your instructors will be teaching in a Microsoft Windows environment, and you will require Microsoft Windows to participate in classroom activities and to complete graded assignments.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

International applicants contact RRC Polytech's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability.

For detailed program academic information, contact:

Winnipeg Notre Dame Campus

Chair, 1st Year Business Administration
     Taras Wasyliw
     Email: twasyliw@rrc.ca

Chair, 2nd Year Administration
     Scott Halpenny
     Email: shalpenny@rrc.ca

Winnipeg Exchange District Campus

Chair, 1st Year Business Administration
     Taras Wasyliw
     Email: twasyliw@rrc.ca

Chair, 2nd Year Administration
     Jennifer Powell
     E-mail: jlpowell@rrc.ca

Winkler Campus

Steinbach Campus

Portage Campus
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