Online Programs

Online Courses for the MS in Human Resources Analytics and Management

Under the guidance of an executive HR advisory council, these HR management courses were combined to meet the urgent need today’s HR professionals have to unite advanced HR skills with emergent technologies and an analytical understanding of data.

By the end of the program, you’ll develop stronger HR programs, design engaging online initiatives, and enhance HR plan developments with a mastery of human resource analytics and technologies and complex HR skills.

HR Management Courses

The Master of Science in HR Analytics and Management degree is a 12-course, 36-credit program that can be completed online in just 24 months.

Specialized Courses in Human Resources Analytics & Management (18 credits)

All students will take the following six HR management courses.

This course will explore the breadth and depth of the range of systems that cover the workplace and human resource management. The leading performance tools as well as tracking tools will be presented and the importance of new cloud based public and private tools will be examined. Human resource management has become a technology-based profession. In many organizations, employees view the face of HR as a portal rather than as a person. This transformation of HR service delivery is known as "e-HR," which requires a vital change in the way HR professionals perform their roles. Many of what used to be time-consuming manual processes are now performed by computers, freeing HR professionals to work on higher-value strategic activities. As a result, the demand for technological solutions to HR issues are constantly increasing. No prerequisites.

Determining what metrics to measure and report will depend on an organization’s strategy and goals. When high-level executives ask the HR team to start measuring the department’s performance, some HR staffers scramble to figure out what they should measure. Measurement just for the sake of providing statistics is never a good idea. Implementing an HR reporting system should be carefully planned and focus on the metrics that affect progress toward business goals. This course focuses on assessing what data are meaningful, determining how to measure them and choosing appropriate communication methods for short, mid and long-term competitive sustainability. Prerequisites: HRAM 600.

When measuring performance, organizations tend to “jump to solutions” before they identify the causes of the problem. Performance measures are effective when an evaluation takes the time to clarify business goals and determine root causes for gaps between desired and current results. Only then are specific solutions agreed upon and implemented. This course focuses on detailed steps for measuring results from performance initiatives on five different levels, including ROI. It includes practical approaches like tools, models, and checklists. It will enable the learner to make a difference in their organization that is valued, measurable, and sustainable. Prerequisites: HRAM 600.

This course will explore workplace culture, legal requirements and what metrics to use to inspire behavior change by deploying compliance training. It will examine both ethics & legal compliance issues and how to meet the needs of diverse audiences. The course will include both evaluations of investigations and workplace risk-avoidance training initiatives. Focusing on the legal requirements, defining the method and then evaluation of the delivery and an overall assessment of the approach. Prerequisites: HRAM 600.

Emerging trends in the workplace have caused human resources to serve more of a transformational role than a transactional role. This course will explore the emerging role of human resources, the various challenges organizations face and how leaders in human resources can provide strategic guidance during this time of transition. Topics include technology, security, economy, changing demographics, globalization, government legislation and the growing demand for data driven human resource practice. Prerequisites: HRAM 600.

The final capstone is a culminating project that utilizes a set of skills that demonstrate maturity and professionalism in strategic thinking in human resource analytics and management. Informed by an understanding of data, technology, and emerging trends in human resource information technology, the course focuses on high-level independent document delivery and writing, applied research and analysis, and the creation of a polished, professionally written business plan. From a personal development perspective, this course adds value in its requirement for self-directed time management, meeting milestones, individual project management, and peer review of colleagues’ work. Academically, this course provides a valuable in-depth experience into the careful planning, preparation, research, analysis, and writing required for high-level leadership in the human resources. All of this work is supported by an instructor, a structured course that provides milestones and deadlines, and interaction with peers who will experience the same course simultaneously. Prerequisites: HRAM 600, HRAM 610, HRAM 620, HRAM 630, HRAM 640, SPEX 610, SPEX 615, SPEX 625, SPEX 660, and 6 credits of approved electives.

Required Professional Courses (12 credits)

All students will take these four courses.

The main objective of this course is to improve the intercultural competencies and communication skills of students, with a particular focus on aspects of intercultural communication highly relevant for technical experts and managers. Students will increase their understanding of, and ability to work with, the processes involved when cultures come into contact. This course will enhance the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about today’s cultural challenges, to practice intercultural relations, and to provide a perspective on one’s personal and social responsibility as current and future leaders. No prerequisites.

When initiating change, organizations need to identify the right change for their organization and decide how to implement the change correctly. In the decision making process, critical factors need to be taken into consideration in a methodical, deliberate, and measurable way. This course provides the benefits of and insights into pre-implementation decision-making processes for framing and subsequently implementing strategic change. The impact of measurement and metrics on decisions for successful strategic change is discussed. It will conclude with a reflective evaluation of the lessons learned. No prerequisites.

This course provides students with the skill set needed to develop innovative solutions for addressing strategic business problems. Students will be introduced to human centered design which will allow them to understand what customers want in terms of products, services and processes. Students will explore various approaches to innovative thinking and techniques for working with a team to develop and facilitate creative ideas that will contribute to the growth and success of an organization. No prerequisites.

The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.

Professional Elective Courses (6 credits)

You’ll select two electives that align to your career goals.

This course explores the current and potential impacts of new, emerging, and rapidly evolving technologies on organizations and their operations, across a range of industries and sectors. Topics include project design, data collection, and data storage as well as legal and privacy issues. Students will gain hands-on experience with techniques for gathering and analyzing information including audio, video, and text capture; media analytics; mapping and data visualization; mobile data collection systems; and more. In addition to tools and best practices, participants will examine challenges and opportunities for designing projects that implement current and emerging technologies to ensure success.

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This course explores professional ethics and leadership to maximize organizational and personal success across a wide range of disciplines and fields. Participants will learn about ethical issues involved in working with clients and donors, professional correspondence, and managing monitoring and evaluation functions. These topics will be approached within a framework of organizational leadership theories and current trends. No prerequisites.

This course provides students with the skills needed to collaborate with global partners and widespread teams and to effectively communicate with clients, including large and small corporations, internal and external customers, and members of the project team. Drawing on real-world case studies, students will learn how to prepare and document project correspondence, how to master the art of persuasion, and how to satisfy clients despite budgetary and methodological restrictions. No prerequisites.

This course teaches qualitative research skills for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Students will analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which planners and evaluators use qualitative methods. Working with an academic practitioner, students will learn qualitative data collection tools and techniques, including participant observation, interviews, and focus groups. In collaboration with an organization in their local community, students will complete practical assignments that require the application of several data collection techniques.

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This course explores quantitative methods in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. It provides opportunities for students to design quantitative evaluations and apply statistical measures to test hypotheses. Students will explore the use of statistical software in managing and manipulating data and the production of descriptive and analytical reports that meet the guidelines and expectations of professional practitioners in the field. They will develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear as they are guided through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data through inferential techniques, analysis of variance, and more.

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This course is designed specifically with the non-economist in mind, including adult professionals who may have little or no academic preparation in economics. It includes recent developments in the theoretical and empirical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) literature, beginning with a detailed discussion of welfare economics and the microeconomic foundations of CBA. It gives comprehensive treatment to CBA methodology and concludes with the current state of CBA as it is practiced by a variety of public, private, and international agencies with applications in areas such as healthcare, environmental management, energy, law enforcement, internet strategy, and others. No prerequisites.

This is an intensive writing course that introduces mid-career professionals to the theory, research, and practice of analytical business writing. In this course students will be exposed to a variety of research techniques and writing forms including, but not limited to, entrepreneurial writing, grant writing, and clear writing principles for professionals in any field. Students will learn how to interview experts, work with clients and write for the web. No prerequisites.