Human Resources Careers with an MS in HR Analytics and Management

21st Century Human Resources Career Path

American University’s MS in Human Resources Analytics and Management prepares you to lead future companies through their current HR challenges in a range of executive and consulting roles. In its 2016 Global Human Capital Trends Survey,1 Deloitte University Press identified technology as a major driver of change in the HR field, and also saw that 24% of high-performing HR organizations used design thinking as part of their development strategy. Further findings revealed,

  • 72% of respondents recognized Digital HR as an important tool
  • 61% have trouble moving their organization towards self-directed learning
  • Just 9% felt fully ready for Digital HR

Armed with specific coursework and experiential projects in HR technologies, design thinking, company culture, and analytics, you’re exceptionally positioned to solve these challenges. You’ll stand out as a star candidate for your dream position in one of the over 1 million positions available to HR professionals with a master’s degree in Human Resources.2

Our students have access to the Career Directions program in the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies. The center provides professional development resources for adult learners and offers a variety of workshops, as well as one-on-one career coaching sessions.

Human Resources Careers

The market is strong and growing at an above-average rate, especially for those who exhibit proven skills in emergent technologies, data analytics and human resources. This skill set is in urgent demand, and 91 percent of American University graduate degree holders find jobs or go on to further studies. When you weigh these facts against the excellent job market, graduates may consider pursuing positions and median human resources salary listed for the positions below.

  • Human Resource Managers3
    Job Growth: 9%    Median $: 104,440
  • HR Management Analyst4
    Job Growth: 14%    Median $: 81,320
  • Top Executives5
    Job Growth: 6%    Median $: 102,690
  • Compensation and Benefit Managers6
    Job Growth: 6%    Median $: 111,430
  • Training and Development Managers7
    Job Growth: 7%    Median $: 102,640

Discover Your Personal Network

Surround yourself with people who are as dedicated about your work as you are.


JEFFREY RUTENBECK: AU undoubtedly is a place to help people get to their next level. It's kind of a combination of inspiring and scary, how intense some people can be about where they want to go. And they've shopped around and looked at dozens of programs. And they've found, this is the one that's going to get them where they want to go. And when that match is made, it's a beautiful thing.

JUSTIN SMITH: One of the nice things about the program is that it allowed me to apply directly, the lessons I was learning to the work that I was doing at the time. So that's kind of the advantage of going to school at the same time as working in the same profession that you want to continue in. Is that I was able to immediately apply the lessons and I was learning from the University into my work.

VICKY WILKINS: I think we also do pay attention to what the skills are the students need, and what employers are telling us is critical in the labor market to make sure we do shape an experience that prepares students to go out and work.

JEFFREY RUTENBECK: And this is one of the important things I tell people about going to graduate school, go to a graduate school where you are surrounded by people who have the same level of intensity and interest and passion as you do, because that will be one of the most important networks you will have going forward in your life.

KATIE KRESPAN: I think that I make a difference on an everyday level, but some days I wonder if I could be doing more. So coming back to American really gave me the opportunity, I think, to obtain the skills and the knowledge that I need to make a bigger difference.


Career Services

American University’s Career Center offers the same services online and over the phone that it does on campus. Students and alumni have access to resources for their job search, career advising, internships and scholarships.

Students and graduates can also network, look for jobs, and apply for positions by making an account at AU Career Web, our online career search tool.

The Office of Professional Studies offers career development workshops, continuing education through industry specific webinars with practitioners who discuss emerging trends in their fields, and our academic practitioner Program Directors act as mentors to current students and alumni alike.


3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Human Resources Managers, (visited November 29, 2016).
4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Management Analysts, (visited November 29, 2016).
5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Top Executives, (visited November 29, 2016).
6 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Compensation and Benefits Managers, (visited November 30, 2016).
7 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Training and Development Managers, (visited November 30, 2016).

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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.