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Canvas Network and Santa Clara University
Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
$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
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
University of Phoenix offers online classes for credit, for no credit and for certificates.
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.
Walden is an accredited, online university that offers degrees as well as certificate programs and is designed for working adults.