Online Human Resources Degrees and Training Programs

The broadening field of human resources has evolved to encompass an array of specialized career disciplines, including organizational development, change management, industrial/organizational psychology, human resource management, and others. One central objective of these disciplines is increasing the overall success of organizations, teams, and individuals. However, there are many possible approaches to achieving this goal and numerous ways to evaluate success.

Although studying theory is integral to understanding the complexities of human and organizational behavior, there is also a hands-on component to human resources. A common thread that can be found in many of Colorado State University's HR-related programs is blending theory and practice in order to strike the right balance between academic knowledge and practitioner-focused skills.

Whatever path you choose to take, CSU's online human resource management degrees, certificates, and professional development programs are designed to provide you with the skills necessary to make a positive, lasting impact within your organization.

Degrees with a Focus on Human Resources Management

Earning a master's degree or Ph.D. is an excellent way to enhance your academic credentials. Start gaining the knowledge you need to develop professionally and move forward in your career.

Adult Education and Training M.Ed.

Earn your Master of Education degree as you learn effective strategies for facilitating adult training and educational programs. Apply what you learn in your online courses to your current organization, then bring your reflections back to share with classmates.


Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A.I.O.P.

Productivity, performance, and employee retention can all be improved by studying human behavior in the workplace. Learn how to implement research to solve workplace issues and apply psychology principles to human resources challenges. Gain actionable knowledge in a practitioner-oriented master's program as you prepare for a career in this growing field.


Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change M.Ed.

Taking a systematic approach to long-term organizational change requires strategic thinking and strong leadership. Start making an immediate and valuable impact within your organization by using the latest research on change management, performance improvement, and human resources development. This online master's degree program shows you how to produce viable solutions and become a strategic business partner as you learn to evaluate individuals, teams, systems, and processes.


Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Ph.D.

You need a combination of strong analytical skills, research expertise, and strategic planning to improve organizational effectiveness over time. Designed for working executives, researchers, and academics, this doctorate program offers the unique structure of bi-weekly Saturday meetings held face-to-face in Denver, but also utilizes online learning to facilitate collaboration. Work closely with a faculty mentor as you study new concepts, delve into theory, and complete your dissertation research.


HR Certificates and Training

In addition to degrees, CSU also offers several HR-related graduate certificates and training programs.

Advanced Occupational Ergonomics Certificate

Learn how to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control ergonomic risk factors in a variety of workplace settings. Start implementing your knowledge to help increase productivity, enhance worker safety, and prevent injury.


Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Develop conflict resolution skills that can benefit you professionally in a variety of industries, and personally in everyday situations accompanied by tension, stress, and confrontation.


CSU Extension Living Mindfully Mastery Badge Program

Develop skills to bring greater awareness, purpose, and compassion into your life. Created by a medical anthropologist and certified integrative health coach, this program combines ancient wisdom and current scientific research to help you incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life.


Introducing Feminist Frameworks

This online program provides personal and professional development opportunities for those interested in learning more about intersectional feminism and associated concepts. Going beyond what is typically covered in introductory trainings on gender, diversity, and inclusion, this program advances critical understandings of feminism, intersectionality, gender, and systems of oppression.


PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

Familiarize yourself with current HR best practices as you prepare for PHR/SPHR certification exams. Choose from a 7-session alternating Saturday course or a 13-session Monday evening course, both held at CSU's Denver Learning Center.

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