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 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
    2. Golden Gate University - Aspire

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's Degree - Organizational Leadership & Human Skills Development
      • Bachelor's Degree - Business
      • Bachelor's Degree - Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Management/Human Resources
      • MSM in Organizational Design and Development
    Bachelor's
      • BSBA in Human Resources
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Human Resource Development
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Human Resource Development
    Master's
      • 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 - Interdisciplinary Studies
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Development Consulting
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Servant Leadership
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - HR Management
      • B.S. in Human Resource Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business
      • Bachelor of Science in Business - General Management
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Government
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • 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. - Emphasis in International Business
    Associate's
      • Human Resource Management, A.S.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    7. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    9. 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 With No Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Trident University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Business Administration (Ph.D.)
      • Doctor of Business Administration
    Bachelor's
      • Human Resources Management (BSHRM)
      • Business Administration (BSBA)

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Colorado State University Global

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

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Golden Gate University - Aspire

  • Bachelor's Degree - Organizational Leadership & Human Skills Development
  • Bachelor's Degree - Business
  • Bachelor's Degree - Management

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Management/Human Resources
  • MSM in Organizational Design and Development
  • BSBA in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Business Admin

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Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Business - HR Management

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Colorado Christian University

  • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
  • Human Resource Management, B.S.
  • Human Resource Management, A.S.

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Human Resources Management
  • PhD in Business Admin - Human Resources Management
  • PhD - Organizational Leadership (PhD-OL)

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Brenau University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
  • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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