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. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Business Administration, MBA
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Human Resource Management, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S. - Emphasis in International Business
    Associate's
      • Human Resource Management, A.S.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    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
    3. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Human Resources
      • BA: Business Administration - Management
      • BA: Business Administration - Logistics
      • BA: Business Administration - Marketing
    Associate's
      • AA: Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Development
      • DBA - Management
    Master's
      • MBA: Strategic Human Resource Management
      • MBA
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Music Business
  • Online Programs Available
    7. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Human Resources
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Human Resources
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Management
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Generalist
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: Management - Organizational Development and Change
      • Doctor of Management - Global Leadership (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Management (DM) - General Concentration (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • MBA: Human Resource Management
      • Master of Business Admin
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Human Resource Management
      • BS - Business Administration - Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Organizational Behavior
      • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Business Development
      • BS - Business Administration - General
      • B.S. - Psychology - Organizational Behavior
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Brenau University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership -Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Cybersecurity Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Human Resource Management
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership-Strategic Thinking and Innovation
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Human Resource Management
      • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
      • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    Certificate
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Communication Management
      • Post Graduate Certificate - Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - General
      • Master of Business Administration - Undecided

Featured Schools

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Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, MBA
  • Human Resource Management, B.S.
  • Human Resource Management, A.S.

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Purdue University Global

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

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Saint Leo University

  • BA: Human Resources
  • BA: Business Administration - Management
  • AA: Business Administration

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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

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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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Full Sail University

  • M.S. - Entertainment Business
  • B.S. - Music Business

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Business Admin: Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Business Admin: Human Resources
  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: Management - Organizational Development and Change
  • MBA: Human Resource Management
  • BS - Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

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