Human Resources

Human Resources

Human Resources is about managing the personnel of an organization. Students pursuing a concentration in Human Resources will develop an understanding of how to develop and implement recruitment programs, training plans and compensation and benefit packages. As well, students will learn to take the lead in effective employee relations programs and to apply changing government regulations to organizational planning.

A Future in Human ResourcesFinding the right people continues to move higher on the business agenda. A fluctuating labour market, the pending retirement of the baby boomers and future economic expansion are causing organizations to think more strategically about their most important resource: their people.

Human Resources offers many career opportunities:
Human Resources Specialist - Create labour relation policies, create benefit and recruitment plans and analyze labour market trends. Payroll and Benefits Manager - Develop benefit plans, create and conduct performance reviews and inspire a skilled team of professionals for your organization. Recruiting - Build recruitment plans, network with a series of potential hires, write job descriptions and build a robust team of professionals for your organization.

Student ClubsHuman Resources Society
The HRSA is the Human Resources Student Association. We are a diverse group of Mount Royal students all with a passion for Human Resources. The HRSA’s objective is to connect Mount Royal students with one another, faculty and to the Human Resources field beyond the classroom. This will be accomplished by our multiple events in the school year as well as through our HR Connect newsletter. If you have any comments or questions do not hesitate to stop one of us, introduce yourself and talk with us. We look forward to meeting new people and being involved in creating an inclusive environment for all students.

Co-operative EducationCo-operative Education is an enhanced academic program that alternates classroom learning with paid work terms. As a student of the Co-operative Education program, you have the opportunity to participate in career-related work semesters that allow you to gain real-life experience.

Human Resources Institute of Alberta AccreditationMount Royal University has become the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to be accredited by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), providing students who want to pursue an HR career with a strong competitive advantage.  The accreditation has been grandfathered to include graduates from November 2011 forward.

This means graduates from the Bissett School of Business’s Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resources and a minimum of a B-minus average do not have to take the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) as part of the process to receive a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Instead, graduates can move straight to building up a minimum of three years’ work experience to receive their CHRP designation.

Mount Royal graduates are asked to go to HRIA's accreditation page to learn more about how to become eligible to waive the NKE.

Further EducationThe Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) prepares you for graduate studies, including Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Students may wish to explore the possibility of pursuing other professional credentials on the completion of their degree, such as becoming a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

DepartmentLeon Cygman, PhD, Chair - Aviation, General Management & Human Resources