Human Resources – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons)

Why do I apply internally for acceptance into the HRTU program?

The HRTU program includes university courses. Ontario Tech requires students to apply and meet a minimum grade requirement for admission to their courses.

How do I apply internally for acceptance into the HRTU program?

An information session will be planned to provide you with the required information and the application forms for both Durham College (DC) and Ontario Tech. You will then complete the forms and submit them to DC’s, School of Business, IT & Management office (C223) by the deadline.

Can I apply for credit transfer?

If you have studied previously at Durham College or another recognized post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive credit for the courses you have successfully completed. Applications for credit transfer will be reviewed in partnership with Ontario Tech on an individual basis. Application and further information is available using this link,

What is the grade requirement for the program?

We recommend that students have a 4.0 or “A” (85-89%) average in their semester one, year one Durham courses, before they apply to the HRTU program for semester two; however, the requirement is a “B+” (75-79%) or 3.5 GPA in the Durham College courses. You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all Durham College courses and receive a minimum “C” (60-66%) grade in each of the Ontario Tech courses. Each institution has different grading systems. Please see each of the institutional charts.

Do I have to participate in the Ontario Tech Technology Enriched Learning Environment?

Ontario Tech no longer requires students in the HRTU program to lease a laptop.

Can I repeat a Ontario Tech course if I fail it?

Yes, but only once and you will need to pay the full university fee to retake the course. Please contact Ontario Tech for the policy on repeating a course as well as for registration information such as deadlines, fee, and schedule information.

What are the five embedded Ontario Tech courses that I need to take?

The embedded Ontario Tech courses you take are

  • Critical Thinking & Ethics,
  • Financial Accounting,
  • Organizational Behaviour,
  • Finance I and
  • Business Math.

*Courses and program of studies are subject to change by Durham College and Ontario Tech.

What diploma will I graduate with?

Durham College diploma will indicate: Human Resources – Business (two-year).

Can I major at Ontario Tech?

It is possible to major in Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management at Ontario Tech, however; major requirements and eligibility is at the discretion of Ontario Tech. For additional inquiries please email,

If I complete the two year HRTU diploma, but I don’t want to continue to Ontario Tech can I enter year three Human Resources at Durham?

Yes, but not directly. You would need to take the missing year two Human Resources courses prior to entering year three. You would need to take these courses as a part-time student or through Continuing Education. It could delay a year of studies, because of the outstanding courses and third year only begins in September.

Can I make schedule (timetable) changes?

Sometimes, this is possible for the Durham College courses, but definitely not for the Ontario Tech courses. We also prefer that you remain in the scheduled block so you are together as a cohort. This makes it easier to plan sessions for you and get important information to you in person. Be prepared for 14 weeks (the length of the semester) to be in class at Durham College anywhere from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Ontario Tech 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week.

Are there differences when learning at two institutions?

Yes, there are many. You are at two separate institutions with varying expectations, procedures and policies. You are required to adhere to both institutional policies. There can also be different break weeks and varying exam schedules (for instance, a Saturday night Ontario Tech exam). HRTU is a unique program and some services will require more attention. If you experience a delay in service or response time, please be patient.

What LMS – Learning Management System does Ontario Tech use?

Ontario Tech uses Blackboard. Any of your embedded Ontario Tech courses will not appear on DC Connect, you will need to access Blackboard for the Ontario Tech course information.

For more information about Blackboard, please use this link,

Do I still use MyCampus?

Absolutely, MyCampus is for administrative records, final grades, registration, fees, and important messages are posted through MyCampus. Both institutions use MyCampus as a primary system, but with different tabs.

Where, how, and when do I pay the Ontario Tech fees?

Your account will be updated with the fees you owe through MyCampus (Ontario Tech tab). Please check your account and ensure you have paid all course fees. You may pay these fees through a bank transfer or bank draft. Bank drafts can be submitted in person in the Software and Informatics Research Centre located across the street at 40 Conlin Road West.

Please visit the following link regarding payment and refund deadlines:

There are a variety of ways to pay your tuition fees, compulsory ancillary fees and program associated fees.

Important: it may take five business days for payment to post to your MyCampus account.

Methods of payment
Please use this link for a list of payment options, methods of payment, acceptable and non-acceptable options,

What happens after Semester 2?

When your semester two final grades are available from both institutions (Ontario Tech final grades are typically posted a little after Durham College). Your grades will be reviewed to determine if you can proceed into year two of the HRTU program or if you will be transferred into the Human Resources program. You are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum “C” grade in the Ontario Tech course(s). If you are continuing with the HRTU program you will be invoiced, pay your fees (Durham College fees are paid through Durham College), you will need to pay the Ontario Tech course fees to Ontario Tech directly (see fees and for further information).

What happens after Year 2?

You are required to have successfully completed all year one and two courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum “C” in each of the five embedded Ontario Tech courses to apply to enter year three of the four year (Hons) Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ontario Tech. Admissions staff at Ontario Tech in conjunction with Durham College schedule an information session (typically in March of semester four) to respond to questions and explain the application process for Ontario Tech. Please attend this information session for valuable information and an opportunity to ask any questions.