Free Online Human Resource Management Courses from Top Universities

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Individuals looking to learn about human resource management can find 6 free courses available from top universities. These include the Open University, the University of California-Irvine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Free Human Resources Management Courses

Topics related to hiring, managing, and training employees are taught for free at a number of universities. These courses can be accessed online, and some let individuals download reading materials.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Prospective and current HR professionals can use MIT's OpenCourseWare to take classes that can enhance their knowledge of human resources practices. For instance, individuals can learn how to think strategically and implement human resources policies in order to gain a competitive advantage. They're also able to hone their leadership, teamwork and negotiation skills. Other learning outcomes can lead to a better understanding of urban labor markets, training policies and economic development.

Open University

Since 2006, this university has been offering free classes through it OpenLearn system. Individuals can take a 6-hour intermediate-level and a 12-hour advanced HR management course. Course topics teach business students how and when to hire a human resources consultant and about fair and effective recruitment, selection methods and person-job fit.

University of California(UC) - Irvine

Through UC Irvine's Distance Learning Center, individuals can learn training and development methods by completing assignments and reading the ASTD Training and Development Handbook that's required for this course. Some of the learning objectives for this class include describing what progress has been made in training and development from the 1950s to present and creating a database of things learned in the course

Free Online Human Resources Management Courses at a Glance

Courses and School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes and Exams Downloadable
Strategic HR Management course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Urban Labor Markets and Employment Policy course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Text No No Yes
People and Organizations course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Choosing a Human Resources Consultant course from Open University Graduate Text Yes No Yes
Human Resources: Recruitment and Selection course from Open University Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Training and Human Resources Development course from University of California - Irvine Unknown Text No Yes No

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • Master: Management/Human Resources
      • MSM in Organizational Design and Development
      • Master : Business Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BSBA in Human Resources
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Human Resources Management
      • M.A. - Organizational Management: Organizational Leadership
      • M.A. - Organizational Management
      • MA/Organizational Management - Media Management
      • MBA - Business Economics
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Human Resources Management
      • B.A. - Organizational Management
      • B.A. - International Business
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA In Human Resource Management
      • International MBA in Human Resources
      • MS in Organizational Leadership
      • MS in Management
      • MBA
      • MBA in Six Sigma
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Business Administration
      • BS in Business Admin - Human Resource Mgt
      • BS in Business Studies - Human Resource Mgt
      • BS in Business Admin - Org Leadership
      • BS in Business Studies - Business Adminis
    Associate's
      • AS in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master - Human Resource Management
      • MS - Management
      • MS - Organizational Leadership
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Resource Management
      • BS - Business Management
      • BS - Organizational Leadership
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Human Resources Management
      • PhD in Business Admin - Human Resources Management
      • Doctor of Philosophy Organizational Leadership (PhD-OL)
      • PhD in Business Admin - Management
      • Ed.D. - Global Training and Development
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
    Master's
      • MBA - Human Resources Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Accelerated Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Human Resources Management
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • Master of Business Admin - Accelerated General MBA
      • MBA - Management
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Development
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Strategic Human Resource Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Growth and Sales
      • MBA
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Applied Management
      • BS in Business Admin.
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Mgt. & Human Resources
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Human Resources
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management: Human Resource Development Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Business Admin Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
    Master's
      • M.A. Organizational Leadership
      • M.S. Human Resource Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Executive Management (Virtual Format)
      • Master of Business Administration - No Specialization
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Business Administration - Human Resource Management
      • B.S. Management - Human Resources
      • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
      • B.S. Business Administration - No Specialization
      • B.S. General Studies - Business
      • B.S. Management - No Specialization
    Associate's
      • A.S. Business
      • A.S. General Studies - Business
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Entrepreneurial Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Individualized
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Human Resource Development
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Law - Human Resources Management
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Futures Studies
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - HR Management
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Interdisciplanry Studies
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Kingdom Business
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - HR Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business
      • Bachelor of Applied Science in Management and Leadership
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - General Management
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Government
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Human Resource Management
    Associate's
      • Associate: Human Resource Mgmt
      • Associate's - Business Admin

Featured Schools

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Kaplan University

  • MBA: Human Resources
  • BSBA in Human Resources
  • AASBA in Business

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Ashford University

  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • M.A. - Organizational Management: Organizational Leadership
  • B.A. - Human Resources Management
  • B.A. - Organizational Management

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MBA In Human Resource Management
  • BS in Business Administration
  • AS in Business Administration

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Colorado State University Global

  • Master - Human Resource Management
  • BS - Human Resource Management
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Human Resources Management
  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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Grand Canyon University

  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Development
  • MBA: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
  • B.S. - Business Management: Human Resource Development Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership
  • B.S. Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • A.S. Business

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