Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations

Learn how to determine an organization’s human resource needs and guide others through the demands of economic and societal changes with a major in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. You can choose this major within the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Sobey School of Business. Successful completion of the major also fulfills the requirements for a Certificate in Human Resource Management.


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Management Department


Why study Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations at Saint Mary’s?

This program of study encompasses staffing, training and development, compensation management, labour relations, unions, managing diversity, and workplace health and safety. You will learn to develop procedures for analyzing jobs and identifying job applicants best matched with the job requirements, conduct the recruitment process, select the best candidate, train and motivate employees, operate in a workplace with a union and collective agreement, manage compensation and benefits and deal with organizational change.


Hands on learning

Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations students have travelled to Hong Kong on an international exchange. There are many ways for students to get involved on campus, such as joining the Sobey School of Business Commerce Society.

By providing educational opportunities and social events, the society helps students to develop business skills and to build a network of business contacts.


Sample courses offered

Human Resources Economics
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations
Staffing and Selection
Strategic Management
Wage and Salary Administration

Future career opportunities

Affirmative action co-coordinator
Training and development officer
Employee satisfaction researcher
Employment development officer
HR consultant
Labour relations representative
Organizational development manager

What our students are saying

“During my co-op work terms, I was able to apply my classroom learning to real work situations specific to the HR field, which helped me to confirm the direction I wanted to take with my career. I have subsequently obtained employment from my co-op work term employer. I would recommend co-op to all Commerce students because it gives them a jump start on their career!”

Elizabeth Elliott, B. Comm 2009, Human Resources Management


View course descriptions for the Human Resource and Industrial Relations program (page 210)


Requirements for Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 is required in ACCT 3332, MGMT 2383, MGMT 2384, MGMT 3385, MGMT 336, MGMT 4482, MGMT 4483, MGMT 4485 and MGMT 4486 (as indicated below by *).

Students who successfully complete the above requirements for the Human Resource Management major will automatically be granted the Certificate in Human Resource Management.

Year 3

  • *ACCT 3332 Planning and Control
  • ECON 3340 Human Resource Economics
  • FINA 2360 Business Finance I
  • FINA 3361 Business Finance II
  • *MGMT 3385 Human Resource Management
  • *MGMT 3386 Industrial Relations
  • MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
  • Nine (9) credit hours in free electives - see note

Year 4

  • *MGMT 4482 Staffing and Selection
  • *MGMT 4483 Management Skills I
  • *MGMT 4485 Wage and Salary Administration
  • *MGMT 4486 Training and Development
  • MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
  • Three (3) credit hours in free electives

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