Frequently Asked Questions

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 Employment Relations Undergraduate Program.  Can I apply to this program?
No.  This program is designed for students who have not previously studied ER/HR 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 Employment Relations 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. For information, please visit the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources web site at

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
  • 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.