Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Are you considering a future in Human Resources Management, Organizational Consulting, and Industrial Relations? In the OBHR option you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of business, general knowledge of all the business options, as well as a range of management and consulting skills.

Am I the right fit for this option?

For a career following this option, it helps to be good with people and to have great organizational skills. You’ll need an ability to switch gears quickly (for example, from administrator to counselor to negotiator) and good judgment.

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources option course requirements

If you are interested in the OBHR option you must complete COMM 203 - Managing the Employment Relationship by Term 1 of Year 3. In Years 3 and 4, you can further specialize in one of two tracks: Human Resources Management or Organizational Consulting.

You will need to complete a total of 15 credits and there are no specific required courses in the option. To follow a track you will take a minimum of nine course credits in the chosen track and then the remaining six credits of course work from either track.

Human Resources Management track (HRM)
This track is for students who would like to work in human resource management and/or union management relations.
Offered in 2024W
COHR 303 (3 credits)Strategic Staffing
COHR 308 (3 credits)Labour Relations
COHR 405 (3 credits)Managing the Family Business
COHR 433 (3 credits)Employment Law
COMM 3241 (3 credits)People Analytics
Not offered in 2024W
COHR 3042 (3 credits)Training, Development, and Performance Management
COHR 3052 (3 credits)Strategic Compensation
COHR 403 (1.5 credits)Managing Diversity
COHR 406 (3 credits)International Human Resource Management
COMM 486C (3 credits)Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics
1 Formerly numbered COMM 386H and titled HR Analytics: Data Metrics for HR Professionals.
2 Expected to be next offered in 2025W.
Organizational Consulting track (OC)
This track is for students who would like to work in consulting and/or managing change.
Offered in 2024W
COMM 3231 (3 credits)Leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Organizations
COMM 3242 (3 credits)People Analytics
Not offered in 2024W
COHR 301 (1.5 credits)Business and Management Values
COHR 302 (1.5 credits)Critical Evaluation of Information, Evidence and Arguments
COHR 307 (1.5 credits)Introduction to Management Consulting
COHR 311 (1.5 credits)Organizational Analysis
COHR 401 (1.5 credits)Organizational Change
COHR 402 (1.5 credits)Leadership
COHR 404 (1.5 credits)Power and Politics
COHR 407 (1.5 credits)Advanced Management Consulting
COHR 408 (1.5 credits)Organizational Design
COHR 409 (1.5 credits)Creativity and Innovation
COHR 410 (1.5 credits)Knowledge Management
COHR 411 (1.5 credits)Managing and Building Teams
COHR 486B (3 credits)Improvisation for Leaders
COHR 486D (3 credits) Negotiation for Leaders 
COMM 3833 (3 credits)Innovation Leadership
COMM 486C (3 credits)Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics
1 Formerly numbered COHR 486A and titled Gender and Diversity in Leadership.
2 Formerly numbered COMM 386H and titled HR Analytics: Data Metrics for HR Professionals.
3 COMM 383 may only be used to fulfill requirements toward either the Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources or Entrepreneurship option, but not both.

When you graduate, your transcript will say "Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Option" regardless of the track that you have chosen. The track will not appear on your transcript.

Partnership with CPHR BC & Yukon

The OBHR option is accredited with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) British Columbia and Yukon and graduates may be exempt from writing the National Knowledge Exam® (NKE), following accreditation path 3. The NKE is the first step to achieving the nationally recognized CPHR designation.

To be eligible for an exemption, graduates of the OBHR option must:

  1. achieve a grade point average of 70%;
  2. complete the following courses: COHR 303, COHR 304, COHR 305, COHR 308, COHR 433, COMM 192, COMM 203, COMM 294, COMM 323, and COMM 324 (COMM 386H);
  3. become a member of CPHR BC & Yukon while still a student; and
  4. apply for an exemption within 12 months from the date of graduation

BCom students may also be eligible for a reduction in membership and conference fees. Please reach out to Nancy Tang, UBC Sauder OBHR Division, for details. For more information about CPHR, visit

Careers in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Do you want to help businesses succeed and individuals realize their full potential? Human capital is often a company’s most invaluable asset, and it is difficult to retain talent in today’s fast-changing world. Whether you’re interested in labour relations, training and development or change management, an OBHR career can be very rewarding.

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