Master’s in Human Resource Analytics and Management


ED WALKER: Hi, my name is Ed Walker. I'm in the masters of science and human resource analytics and management program.

REGINA XIONG: My name is Regina Xiong, and I am studying HR analytics and management.

ED WALKER: For me the program is, I've always had a passion for helping people. And coming from the nonprofit world originally and moving to the private sector world of investment banking this is one of the best ways that I can create a truly unique experience for the customers, meaning employees, focusing on talent management I'm able to generate a work culture that people want be in and can also thrive in. I think one of the biggest challenges facing HR today is definitely big data. No one is really sure what to do with some of the data they have and I think AU really carved out a niche by answering that question.

REGINA XIONG: I want to take my AU graduate degree and hopefully get an HR executive role. I’m currently in a manager role kind of mid-level so I’m hoping this graduate degree will really put me a step above and get to that next level.

ED WALKER: The three words that really describe the HR program at AU is personable, relevant, and engaging. Personable, because every professor wants you to do your best. Everyone’s willing to reach out. Everybody’s willing to help. Relevant, because it’s letting me do projects that really wouldn’t pertain to me at all.

REGINA XIONG: The three words I would use to describe my program are innovative, data driven, and practical. A lot of HR, people think it’s just soft skills, and that’s an important part and that’s why it’s practical to get those soft skills. But to get the analytics part and technology part, that’s where that data comes in and is kind of changing the face of HR. So, AU is really innovative in that way. And that they’re kind of looking toward the future of the industry of HR. That’s why I think this grad program is really unique.

ED WALKER: I’ll be honest with you. AU has opened up a lot of doors and put me in connection with a lot of people that I probably would have never met.


The Innovative New Program for 21st Century HR Professionals

Discover the power of this online Master of Science program generates for human resource management executives to solve today’s organizational challenges.

HR professionals are now reliant on technology to interact with employees and handle processes — a transformation in delivery services referred to as "e-HR" — which requires an urgent change in how they manage their roles.

American University developed the online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management degree for HR employees to successfully drive wellness programs, create benefit portals, and engage employees at a higher rate. The program is rooted in the science of how human resouces profesionals can make more data-driven decisions with the aid of HR technology, so you understand how to evaluate human resource analytics from emergent technologies and influence decisions. It ensures you’re comfortable using data analytics and human resources to enhance an organization’s productivity.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has approved and recognized American University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management for offering a curriculum as aligned with SHRM graduate education guidelines. This online degree offers a curriculum that fully aligns with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. As a graduate, you are assured that you are gaining the cutting-edge knowledge you need to succeed in today’s tactical and strategic HR environment.


Lead your company and shape the future of the industry when you learn new HR technologies and the key concepts and methods to implement them.

  • Improve HR initiatives when you combine data analytics and human resources
  • Increase human workplace performance through new technologies and trends
  • Establish fair performance analytics for employees, teams, workgroups, and industries through critical analysis
  • Solve complex and sensitive HR issues quickly with new strategic proficiencies
  • Assess the performance of internal and external agency initiatives to define roles better
  • Create an inclusive human resource decision-making process when you assess the importance of issues in integrity, accountability, diversity, and inclusion
  • Strengthen organizational governance when you evaluate the system through human resource analytics


The online MS in Human Resource Analytics and Management program delivers the skills employers look for when hiring. To ensure students have that knowledge and understanding, we have built a four-phase curriculum model or framework called the Professional Studies Experience.

This model has been applied to the Human Resource Analytics and Management master's degree, featuring courses with professionally aligned classwork, as well as required courses that foster a broader skillset that employers have identified as relevant and valuable.


Students receive advanced training focusing on building workplace skills in communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, innovation, and emerging technologies. Students gain cross-cultural competencies and collaborative skills essential for success in the 21st-century global knowledge economy.

We offer a high-caliber education in human resource analytics and management that is relevant and immediately applicable to the workplace. Our curriculum goes beyond the reach of a standard master's degree.


American University collaborated closely with an advisory council of expert HR professionals to develop curriculum around solid HR practices and the emergent technologies and analytical skills needed at the executive level in HR.

The MS in Human Resource Analytics and Management degree is a 10-course, 30-credit program that can be completed in 20 months. At a full-time pace of two classes per semester, in less than two years, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Develop stronger HR programs. Learn how your employees process information and make decisions when using interactive HR portals with cutting-edge courses in design thinking and evaluation sciences.
  • Design engaging online initiatives. Gain the knowledge and control needed to design your next online initiative or improve current programming with innovative classes on how to use emerging HR technologies.
  • Enhance HR plan development. Improve the implementation, measurement, and evaluation of your plans with advanced classes in research skills and project management.

By the end of the program, you’ll be comfortable using human resource analytics and technologies to direct the development of HR programs.

Click here to learn more about the courses you’ll take to propel your HR career forward.


A human resource analytics and management certificate that focuses on informed decision making through human resource analytics and technologies is also available. This 12-credit, four-course program can be completed in 12 to 15 months and counts as a third of the Master of Science program if you choose to pursue it in the future. Learn more here.


American University has recently partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer two non-credit professional development courses:

  • Learning Certification Preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP
  • Essentials of Human Resources

These courses combine professional development and subject matter expertise to provide additional experience for a developing HR professional. Learn more here.

92% of American University’s master’s graduates are working in the field, pursuing an advanced degree, or both within six months.


Human resource managers, who often hold master’s degrees, earn a median salary of $113,300 per year. The profession is expected to grow 7% between 2018 and 2028.1 The market is strong and growing, especially for those who exhibit proven skills in emergent technologies, data analytics, and human resources.

To learn more about the executive positions in HR, click here.

Rankings & Accreditation

S H R M Academically Aligned

Our program is approved and recognized by the The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) for offering a curriculum as aligned with SHRM graduate education guidelines.

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AU is the 1st Carbon Neutral university in the US.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


Faculty for this innovative program were carefully selected to provide you learning opportunities from proven thought leaders with global experience. Their expertise in technology, conflict resolution, cultural communications, and ethics expands your skillset and offers immediate solutions to your current HR challenges.

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Align your education to the immediate and future needs of the HR industry with the Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management from American University. Learn more now or call 855-725-7614.