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Canvas Network and Santa Clara University

Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture

How to create an ethical culture in your organization. For executives, managers and supervisors. 8 hours over 18 weeks

560, on average


Self-paced, with video vignettes, case discussions, online exercises, end-of-module quizzes, essays and peer reviews of three other student analyses.

Canvas Network offers MOOCs from 150 educational institutions around the world. Instructor Kirk O. Hanson is executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

Cornell University

ILRHR 2600 Human Resource Management

An introduction to HR management, including theories and applications for managing people. Covers technology, globalization, legislation, restructuring, work/life balance and changing labor markets.

June 1-24, 2016; includes at least 37 hours of project work

7 to 10, on average


Discussion boards, archived video lectures and additional professor-recorded videos. Three exams with multiple-choice and short-answer questions and three writing assignments analyzing issues like efficacy of sexual harassment policies and compensation systems.

Cornell is an Ivy League college, and this class offers three hours of credit. Students must enroll in the university.

Coursera and University of Minnesota

Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

Principles, policies and practices of human resource management, including legal issues; management; employee engagement; and hiring, evaluating and rewarding employees. A capstone project is designed to apply the coursework to the real world.

20 weeks

Coursera classes average 1,400 students


Archived lectures, discussion boards and multiple-choice tests. Four sessions plus a capstone project.

Coursera has the largest offering of MOOCs, including single classes as well as certificate programs like this one.

Duke University Continuing Studies


Human Resources Continuing Education
6-Course Package

The basics of managing benefits, anti-discrimination regulations, pay policies, hiring and talent management. An overview useful to small businesses and others who don’t have full-time HR staff.

15 to 20 hours



Self-paced; students have online access to the entire course package for 180 days.

Duke University Continuing Studies offers degree programs, certificates and other distance learning.

edX and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore


Introduction to People Management

Leadership and communication skills. For first-time managers.

6 weeks, about 4 hours per week


Free, or $79 for a verified certificate

Videos, readings, podcasts, discussion forums, graded assessments and multiple-choice questions.

Founded by Harvard University and MIT, edX provides MOOCs and other online courses; the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, is a public business school.

FutureLearn and Henley Business School, University of Reading (England)

Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce

How to get the most out of people in the workplace, develop good management practices and use tools to deal with common challenges. For people who have or plan to have managerial responsibility.

10 weeks, 4 hours per week

Not available


Videos, quizzes, activities, articles and discussions.

FutureLearn partners with schools around the world to offer free classes. The Henley Business School is an accredited school in England at the University of Reading and offers MBA and other degrees.

Society for Human Resource Management


SHRM Learning System

Comprehensive SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification preparation focusing on core behavioral and technical competencies and key HR ideas and concepts.

60 to 70 hours recommended; students have access to the online participant software for 18 months upon purchase


$695 for SHRM members and
$870 for nonmembers

Self-study, with hardcopy textbooks, learning modules, interactive online study tools, and an “Ask the Expert” tool, which can be used to submit questions to certified professionals.

The Society for Human Resource Management is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management.

UCLA Extension


Advanced Human Resources Management

Transforming HR, advanced communication and negotiation tactics, employee re-engagement, understanding multigenerational issues, and retention strategies. For HR professionals within organizations or consultants.

7 weeks, about 5 to 6 hours per week

25, maximum

$685 ($625 if enrolled early)

Weekly lectures, videos from other instructors, class discussion threads, case studies and presentations.

UCLA Extension is a continuing higher education provider that offers certificates and courses for credit.



The New HR: 21st Century Talent Management

Best practices for hiring, developing and retaining employees. Topics include talent acquisition, performance management, engagement and retention, and data analytics. For HR managers and leaders and business owners.

3 hours of lectures

Not available


Nineteen brief lectures, slideshows, supplemental materials, plus a final exam.

The Udemy course is taught by HR consultant Josh Bersin, principal of Bersin by Deloitte.

University of Phoenix


Graduate Human Resource Management Certificate

Legal matters, recruitment, employment practices, employee and labor relations, compensation, benefits, safety and health, and employee development.

8 to 10 months to complete all graduate-level classes; about 8 months for undergraduate courses

15, on average

$2,220 per graduate-level, three-credit class ($1,905 for the undergraduate version) plus fees

Lectures, videos, online discussions, and individual and group assignments.

University of Phoenix offers online classes for credit, for no credit and for certificates.

Walden University

M.S. in Human Resource Management

Strategic, organizational, management and analytical skills. For those who want to become a functional specialist or a strategic HR leader.

2 years

Not available


Core and specialized sessions and a capstone class offered in a prescribed sequence.

Walden is an accredited, online university that offers degrees as well as certificate programs and is designed for working adults.