The Certificate Program in Human Resource Management is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students. The qualifications listed below do not guarantee admission to this program in any given year. We will consider applications from Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents but are unable to consider applications from International (VISA) students.
The Certificate Program in Human Resource Management is a limited enrolment program and the qualifications listed below are considered acceptable for admission consideration, although possession of these minimum requirements do not guarantee acceptance.
A completed three-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university in a field other than HRM or related fields, with an acceptable cumulative grade point average (70%+), is the minimum required for admission consideration to the Certificate Program in Human Resource Management.
You should apply to this program only if you meet the minimum admission requirements. The $90 application fee is non-refundable. Letters of reference will not be used as part of the admissions process.
Students whose academic background overlaps significantly with this program at a undergraduate or graduate level are not eligible for this program and are advised to research other Canadian institutions offering HR related studies here.
We will consider applications from Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents but are unable to consider applications from International (VISA) students.
Students who do not hold degrees can apply for admission consideration to the Faculty of Arts and Science as a degree student) and request enrolment in the IRHR major program. All of the courses described in this program are contained in the undergraduate degree program.
This is a part-time program and the majority of students will finish the program over two academic years. Some courses may be offered only during the day-time.
University policies on access to student records and personal privacy allow us to speak only with the applicant unless we have written permission to discuss the application with someone else.
- February 20, 2021 - Summer Session (for classes starting in May & July)
- April 20, 2021 - Fall and Winter Sessions (for classes starting in September & January)
A complete application consists of:
- A signed application with all the sections completed
- The $90 application fee
- Official Transcripts
- Proof of English Facility
Application Form: CHRM_APP2021.pdf
Completed application can be emailed to IRHR@utoronto.ca provided you are paying the application fee via VISA.
- We do not provide a pre-application evaluation service.
- Only those applicants who have attained a competitive level of academic achievement should apply for admission consideration to this program.
- The application fee is non-refundable
- Apply by the deadline as we may not be able to consider late applications.
Official transcripts are documents mailed directly from the issuing institution to our office. It can take a minimum of three weeks to be received by the Program Office. If your transcripts have not arrived by the document deadline, your file will not be assessed. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received by the appropriate deadline.
- Graduates from the University of Toronto: Students who graduated prior to 1998 must request official transcripts from the Transcript Centre. Students who graduated in or after 1998 do not need to request transcripts provided the transcript can be viewed on ACORN/ROSI and the appropriate relase section has been signed on the CHRM application form..
- Graduates of North American Universities: An official transcript of all postsecondary studies must be forwarded directly to the Program Office from the issuing institution(s).
- Graduates of other International Universities: An official transcript of all postsecondary studies along with all diploma/graduation certificates, must be forwarded directly to the Program Office from the issuing institution(s). If the original transcript is not in English, applicants must submit a translation in addition to all original documents. Additional documents may be requested once the initial assessment is done.
Please have official transcripts mailed to:
CHRM Program Office,Room 236 Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A9
NOTE re COVID restrictions and TRANSCRIPTS: Please make sure that transcripts will be sent either secure electronically or else by mail (Canada Post). Our offices are currently closed so we are unable to receive courier deliveries at this time.
In addition to satisfying the published academic requirements, candidates whose first language is not English and who have not studied full-time in an English language school system (an English language school system is one which is located in a country where the first language is English) for at least four years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving an acceptable score on a recognized test of English Facility. There are no exceptions to the English facility requirements. Most applicants will present TOEFL or MELAB, acceptable scores are noted below. For other acceptable tests please downlist this CHRM English Facility Requirements (PDF)TOEFL
|Minimum Requirement||Discretionary Range|
|total score of 100 + 22 on Writing||total score 89-99 +19 - 21 on Writing|
|Minimum Requirement||Discretionary Range|
|total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE||total score 573-597 + 4.5 on TWE|
If you score in the discretionary ranges shown above, and you are otherwise well qualified for admission, we will automatically consider other academic evidence of English proficiency (for example, results of English courses) and we will advise you whether our English language requirements have been satisfied. It is not necessary to request this special consideration. Letters of reference will NOT be used for this purpose. As we cannot guarantee that these scores will be accepted, we recommend that you take another test if the final official results can be submitted to us by the appropriate document deadline. For information visit the TOEFL website. Sending us your results: Results must be sent to us electronically by the testing service. We do not accept paper results. The TOEFL Institution Code for undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto is 0982-00.
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
- The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part score below 80. We do not require the optional MELAB Oral Test.
- If you score at least 80 overall with no part score below 80, and you are otherwise well qualified for admission, we will automatically consider other academic evidence of English proficiency (for example, results of English courses) and we will advise you whether our English language requirements have been satisfied. It is not necessary to request this special consideration. Letters of reference will NOT be used for this purpose. As we cannot guarantee that these scores will be accepted, we recommend that you take another test if the final official results can be submitted to us by the appropriate document deadline.
For information visit the Michican Language Assessment website
Sending us your results: Results must be sent to us directly from the testing service.
Tuition fees are subject to change from year to year and do not include the cost of books or other course materials. There may be additional ancillary fees levied for enrolment in specific courses or for individual circumstances.These will be reflected in the student's invoice. Students who drop from full-time to part-time after the 100% refund period will be charged full-time incidental fees.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government financial aid program that assists eligible Ontario residents attending university through a combination of loans and grants.
OSAP is changed in2018-19. Starting that year, the Government of Ontario required OSAP funding to be sent directly to the University of Toronto to reduce your tuition and fees. For more information about the changes to OSAP, see OSAP FAQs. Visit the OSAP website to learn more and apply for OSAP today
If you have been financing your education with Canada or Ontario student loans (OSAP) you should consider a repayment plan. Your first payment is due in the seventh month after you cease to be a full-time student. This is your “Consolidation Date”. While you are a full-time student (i.e., 60% course load or greater), the Federal and Provincial governments pay the interest on your student loans. You are responsible for arranging repayment with your lender(s) before your six-month period expires by signing a Consolidation Agreement/Loan Repayment form. This will specify your monthly payments, the term and the interest rate.See the OSAP website for detailed information on OSAP repayment.
Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
Students with permanent disabilities may receive funds through the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities as part of their OSAP funding. In addition, grants are available through the Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities to help with disability-related supports and services for students with permanent or temporary disabilities. For more information visit UofT's Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities page.
Work Study Program
Work Study provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience through paid work on campus.
Noah Meltz Grant
Part-time students can apply for the Noah Meltz Grant, a grant offered though the University of Toronto to assist part-time degree students with their educational costs, or part time OSAP. The application for the Noah Meltz grant and information about Part time OSAP can be found on the Enrolment Services website.
Woodsworth College Bursaries and Grants
The College has an extensive bursary and grant program. Students are encouraged to apply when applications become available October 1 for the Fall/Winter Session and the first day of classes in the summer session. Most students applying for a bursary will have already applied for other funding. However, students are encouraged to meet with the College’s financial advisor to discuss their individual circumstances. Do not hesitate to make an appointment to see the Awards Officer. Contact Yvonne Hilder to discuss your financial plan.
If you have completed undergraduate degree level university courses similar to those offered in CHRM you may qualify for transfer credits.
A total of 2 full course equivalents (2.0) may be transferred to the CHRM program. A maximum of one full course equivalent (1.0) may be transferred for courses listed under Group B. For more information please refer to the CHRM Program Requirements.
Requests for transfer credits are processed only after the student has been admitted to the program. Students are notified in writing of the transfer credits to which they are entitled as soon as possible, usually along with the letter of admission. We do not accept requests to have courses assessed for posssible transfer credits unless the person has submitted a complete application and is admitted to the program.
Some factors taken into consideration during the transfer credit assessment are: content and credit weight of the course; level and type of instruction; academic structure and grading system used by the accredited university and grade achieved in the course (normally a minimum passing grade of 60% is required). Only the credit weight (not the grade) is transferred to CHRM.
Transfer credits are not granted for courses that are practical, clinical, internship or pedagogical in nature. Transfer credit is also not granted for coursework more appropriate for programs taught in other Divisions of the university (e.g. graduate studies, nursing, law, education). Courses offered by HRPA , Community College and School of Continuing Studies are non-transferable.
For what careers might CHRM prepare me? Students who wish to pursue careers in areas such as human resources, industrial relations, the public service, or to become professional union staff will find this program to be a useful preparation.
CHRM students have access to the Career Centre. The Centre offers career counselling and employment services to currently enrolled students and recent graduates through either workshops or individual appointments. Job search seminars are held regularly. The Career Resource Library is a valuable resource in the formulation of career plans and in the search for employment.
I have completed the IRHR Undergraduate Program. Can I apply to this program? No. This program is designed for students who have not previously studied IRHR (or Employment Relations) at the undergraduate/graduate level.
Is there a co-op option in CHRM? A co-op option is not available in this program. Students interested in completing a co-op program are advised to investigate certificate programs offered at other post-secondary educational institutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Students who are admitted to the CHRM program have access to the Career Centre's counselling and employment services.
Is there a graduate program in IRHR at UofT? The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources offers both a Masters degree and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources.
I’m interested in the MIRHR program at UofT and wish to finish the CHRM program in one year, is that possible? CHRM is a part-time program and the majority of students will finish the program over two academic years. Students who have been granted transfer credits and are able to enroll in a conflict free course schedule (while meeting all the course prerequisites) may be able to complete the program is less than two academic years. Students wishing to get a head start in CHRM should complete some introductory courses during the summer session. Prerequisites are strictly enforced. No exceptions are made.
How does CHRM compare to other programs? It depends on your goals. Ask yourself why you are interested in pursuing these studies. The answer usually falls into two categories: Professional or Academic endeavours. Of course, time and financial commitments are part of the decision making process. Here are some general guidelines:
- Professional: If you are interested in taking courses to improve your job prospects or pursue the professional accreditation in the HR field (with HRPA) there are many institutions that offer HR programs and courses. For more information visit the Human Resources Professional Association website.
- Academic: If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies you need to investigate the institutions’ admission guidelines and program options. Admission guidelines differ in every institution and for this reason we are unable to comment on how other universities might assess your academic qualifications.