Niagara College launches bachelor’s degree in human resources

Niagara College has launched a new bachelor’s degree program in human resources that will offer a unique blend of theoretical learning and applied, hands-on experience.

The new Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources degree program is part of Niagara College’s School of Business and Management, and is set to welcome its first intake of students in September, 2016.

“Human resources is a profession that provides a broad range of exciting and meaningful career opportunities in Canada and around the world,” said Vivian Kinnaird, Niagara College’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “Graduates of our new degree program will bring theoretical knowledge, valuable hands-on experience and strong industry ties that will help them to hit the ground running in business.”

Students in the program will benefit from small class sizes, with faculty who bring both expertise and industry experience to the classroom. In addition to building a strong foundation in business and human resources, the Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources degree program offers students opportunities such as course-based applied research, opportunities to study abroad, ongoing networking with industry professionals and connections to industry associations.

The program’s curriculum aligns with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) requirements for both the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.

The program was officially launched on Feb. 25 at an information event with representatives from the HR sector and local school boards.

The program boasts strong ties to industry, and a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) made up of local HR professionals will have ongoing input into the program’s curriculum, ensuring it continues to meet and exceed industry standards.

“As an HR professional and local employer, I am thrilled with the addition of the Bachelor of Business Administration – Human Resources degree being launched at Niagara College,” said Julia Sebastian, executive director of Finance and Human Resources at White Oaks Resort and a member of the PAC. “The combination of theory and practical hands on experience this degree will provide to students will continue to support our local industries with graduates that are confident, competent, and ready to make a contribution to the field of human resources.”

“I am pleased to see this program created as it will bring educated and skilled graduates to the Niagara Region,” added Denise McCandless, senior manager of Human Resources Services at the Niagara Parks Commission and a member of the PAC. “The Program Advisory Committee has spent a lot of time examining the courses and skills today’s students require as they enter the marketplace.  This new program will not only benefit our Niagara College students, but also keep them and our marketplace in Niagara competitive with organizations and industries across the province.”

Secondary students who are currently enrolled in a specialist high skills major in business and are accepted into the program may also be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. Further details are available at, and the offer is available for students who confirm their acceptance by Friday, March 26, 2016.

Niagara College also offers Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Hospitality and in International Commerce and Global Development. This fall, Niagara College will also launch Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Development in partnership with Brock University.

Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit


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