Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Online Master in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Program Length:
20 Months
Credit Hours:
Total Classes:
Cost Per Credit:

What are the program start dates?

Spring 2024

Summer 2024

Fall 2024
August 26

At a Glance

Use Technology to Improve Employees' Lives and Meet Organizational Goals.

Based on the research of industry needs, American University developed a powerful Human Resources (HR) approved program aligned to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) graduate education guidelines. The online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management (MSHRAM) degree empowers you to be fluent in analytics, emergent HR technologies, and complex HR concepts, allowing you to advance your career while studying when and where it’s best for you.

You’ll learn to apply technology to HR processes such as talent acquisition and performance management and be able to monitor and impact employee engagement and enhance business decision-making through metrics and critical evaluation.

By graduation, you will be a more effective HR professional who is able to use measurement and evaluation processes to make evidence-based decisions and influence decision-making across an organization, regardless of what the yearly HR trend may be. Ultimately, your new analytic and technological skills help employees live a richer life through their jobs.

Program Objectives

Create A Thriving Work Culture Through Data

Shape the future of the HR industry by successfully integrating new technologies and implementation processes. Graduate from the MSHRAM program able to:

  1. Improve HR Initiatives

    Enhance the success of HR initiatives by integrating data analytics with HR techniques.

  2. Increase Workplace Performance

    Use the power of new technologies and trends to better the performance of employees.

  3. Establish Fair Performance Analytics

    Use critical analysis for employees, teams, workgroups, and industries to create an equalized culture.

  4. Solve Complex HR Issues

    Use your new strategic proficiencies to solve sensitive HR challenges quickly.

  5. Define Roles Better

    Clarify the responsibilities and performance expectations of internal and external agency initiatives.

  6. Create an Inclusive Decision-Making Process

    Assess the importance of issues in integrity, accountability, diversity, and inclusion in HR decisions.

  7. Strengthen Organizational Governance

    Evaluate your organization’s systems through human resource analytics.

Building Expertise and Networks

Our Online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management program ensures that you build both real-world experience and your professional network to serve you after graduation.

  1. Experienced, Prestigious Faculty

    Proven practitioners share their expertise in technology, conflict resolution, employment law, cultural communications, and ethics to expand your skillset and offer immediate solutions to your current HR challenges.

  2. Skills for 21st-Century HR

    Learn how data analytics can improve engagement, program invitations, decision-making, and more through specialized, experiential, and data-driven programs that meet current industry needs.

  3. SHRM-Aligned Curriculum

    Our program is approved and recognized by SHRM for offering a curriculum aligned with their graduate education guidelines.

Admission Requirement
Curriculum Description
Careers and Outcomes
Student Experience

Admission to American University’s online MSHRAM requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants will need to submit:

*The application fee is typically waived if the application file is complete within a three week period.

Geared for long-term career success, our curriculum gives you the tools to enhance and advance your HR career. Being SHRM-approved, it provides you with the content, competencies, and critical thinking opportunities to make many contributions to your workplace and its employees. Additionally, you’ll receive advanced training on how to build workplace skills that go beyond the reach of a standard degree. By graduation, you’ll have built proven skills in communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, innovation, and the evaluation and usage of emerging technologies to succeed in today’s tactical and strategic HR environment.

By graduation, you’ll have built proven skills in communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, innovation, and how to evaluate and use emerging technologies to succeed in today’s tactical and strategic HR environment.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

Put Complex HR and Technology Skills to Work Now

When you graduate from American University’s MSHRAM program, you’ll be a stronger candidate for advanced leadership roles. Your experience in HR technologies, design thinking, company culture, and analytics, positions you as the professional companies need to reach their goals and solve complex challenges.

Provide the In-Demand Skills

Recently, the SEC proposed modernizing Regulation S-K so public companies would have to report on a wider set of human capital information such as retention and turnover, productivity, incentives for innovation, and training costs.1

Successful HR professionals rely on new technologies to improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) efforts, standardize job titles, use performance reviews and goal setting effectively, award raises, track important trends, and contribute toward positive organizational growth.

Surveys on human capital trends in 2020 and 2021 report that companies consistently lack professionals who know how to make that happen.

  • 53% of respondents said between 50-100% of their workforce will need to change their skills and capabilities in the next three years.1
  • 70% of global employers say they can’t find candidates with the right mix of technical skills and human capabilities.2
  • 71% of organizations say governing changing workforce strategies is needed, but only 8% say they are very ready to address this trend.1
  • 80% of respondents in our executive focus groups said leadership readiness will be the biggest internal barrier to their ability to achieve their future strategies.2
  • 85% of this year’s survey respondents believe that the future of work raises ethical challenges— but only 27% have clear policies and leaders in place to manage them.1

Opportunities Abound: Create a Better Work Environment for Employees

Without people who know how to use technologies to improve the conditions of human capital, companies falter and even lose money — within a year, billions of dollars’ worth of valuation have been lost because of issues related to leadership and culture,a prevalent issue among companies surveyed.

  • 55% of U.S. workers felt that leadership did not take action in addressing racial justice — they only wrote or spoke about it.2
  • Just 34% of respondents reward workers for entrepreneurial behavior, despite 84% saying that supporting the development of those skills was important or very important.1
  • Only 14% say they’re ready to address the ethics related to the future of work, though 75% of organizations say it’s needed for success.

HR Leadership Roles And Their Growth Rates

HR leadership roles require a seamless integration of technology and human-centric qualities, both of which are meticulously nurtured in the American online Master’s in HR Analytics and Management program (MSHRAM). Upon graduation, you will find yourself well-prepared for positions exhibiting growth rates significantly surpassing the average between 2021 and 2031.

Human Resource Managers3

 7% Growth

HR Management Analyst4

11% Growth

Top Executives5

6% Growth

Training and Development Managers6

7% Growth

Career Services

American University’s Career Center offers its services to online and on-campus students as well as to alumni, so you’ll continue to receive support for as long as you need it. This means you’ll have access to resources for your job search, career advising, internships, and scholarships. You 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 and continuing education through industry-specific webinars with practitioners who discuss emerging trends in their fields. Our program directors, who are academic practitioners, act as mentors to current students and alumni alike.

Alumni Employers

As passionate change-makers, our alumni are responsible for using their skills to make an impact. You can join an incredible set of AU alumni who work in diverse roles across sectors and organizations.

  • Adobe
  • Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Compass Strategy Solutions
  • Conestoga Wood
  • Cox Media Group
  • Dollar Tree
  • Postscript
  • Raytheon
  • Save the Children 
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and
  • Universities
  • Holman Logistics
  • Inova Health Sytems
  • IRS
  • Kindred at Home
  • The Vanguard Group
  • Trinity Health
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • Koch Industries
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Louis Vitton
  • McCormick Paints
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Milwaukee Tools
  • Peloton Interactive
  • Postal Regulatory Commission
  • U.S. Navy
  • WireWheel

We’re especially proud of our faculty—prominent scholars and real-world professionals at the top of their fields who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom. Through their teaching, scholarly achievements and first-hand experience, you’ll gain a special entry point to human resource analytics and management.

Visit our Program Faculty page to learn more about our faculty. 

Learning Online

American University welcomes its online students as a part of its community. As an online student, you’ll learn from the same outstanding faculty and be held to the same learning standards as students who attend courses on campus. On-campus and online programs deliver the same outcomes, and important support systems, like career resources, are set up for online learners as well. The only difference is you’re allowed to learn when and where it’s best for you so you can earn your degree and advance your career without putting the rest of your career and life on hold.

We Bring AU to You

Our digital campus was intentionally designed based on extensive research behind what makes online learning successful. We combine advanced technology, hands-on experiences, and full access to the American University community. Here, you’re not an online student, you’re an AU student.

Rigorous Courses

Online courses are as challenging as their on-campus counterparts and taught by the same connected faculty members and prominent lecturers.

100% Support

New-student orientation, 24/7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers, and more are all available to ensure your success.

Expert Faculty

Home to some of the most acclaimed scholars and thought leaders in the world, you’ll learn from award-winning scholars and policymakers, diplomats, authors, artists, attorneys, scientists, journalists, and more.

Collaborative Learning

Use virtual tools to talk about your coursework, work in teams with classmates, build strong connections, network with others and ask your professor questions and turn in assignments.


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Military Education Benefits

American University is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

As an online student of the MSHRAM program, you can transform your military experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities as you earn your degree, regardless of where you live or are stationed.

We support a full range of military education benefits such as:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
  • Tuition Assistance (TA)
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

Additionally, if you’ve served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years, you’re eligible for an application fee waiver. We accept transfer credits from military coursework, have a dedicated Office of Veterans Services to help connect you to benefits, and maintain an active Veterans Services Support Network.

We welcome you to learn more about our military benefits and how to apply for them.

Disclaimer: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website: Education and Training Home (

Take Your First Step Today

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Program FAQs

This innovative degree was developed under the guidance of expert HR professionals in direct response to a critical skill-shortage of current professionals with the rapid technology changes in the industry. It offers the direct knowledge and experience you need in emergent HR technologies, analytics, decision and design sciences, and advanced HR concepts to answer high-level HR questions, solve current challenges, and advance organizational growth and your career.

Admission requirements for the online MSHRAM program include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

*The application fee is typically waived if the application file is complete within three weeks.

A TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet-based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of seven (7) is required. Additionally, applicants with international transcripts must have them evaluated course by course. For a list of acceptable evaluators, go to

Applicants will complete a phone interview with the program director and will need to submit:

No human resource experience is required for admission to the program; however, this program is geared toward those with prior professional experience.

The online MSHRAM program can be completed in 20 months at a full-time pace of two courses each semester. Taking more than two courses per semester is not recommended due to the rigor of the program.

No, there are no specializations offered, but courses cover the traditional HR functions as well as competencies that cut across all HR functions.

Although the Master in Human Resource Analytics and Management program does not require the GRE, students with a GPA below 3.0 are encouraged to take the GRE for further evaluation. LSAT scores can also be evaluated in place of the GRE.

Our application deadline for the MSHRAM program varies based on the term you are applying for. Please contact us for more information.

AU will accept up to six hours of graduate work from another institution that applies directly to the degree. Transfer credits from another institution must be approved by the admissions team.

Our fall semester starts in late August. The spring semester starts in January. The summer session begins in May.

Graduate students enrolled at least part-time in a master’s program may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our FAFSA number is 001434.

No. The MSHRAM is an exclusive program being offered online. There will be opportunities for the learners to meet each other face-to-face, but they are all optional.

Yes. The online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management consists of four courses focused on the evaluation of healthcare delivery methods, processes, and technology innovation. If you decide to pursue the online MS in Human Resource Analytics and Management at a later date, you can use these 12 credits towards the full degree.

All students will have the opportunity to focus on an area of their interest and work with a client to complete their capstone project. Students will work with an experienced faculty member who will serve as a mentor and provide feedback throughout each step of the project.

Yes, online students can easily request a Student ID online to take advantage of all the same resources as our on-campus students.

The Society For Human Resource Management confirms the curriculum taught at AU for the Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management aligns with the recommended requirements for the HR degree programs as outlined in the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates for graduate education.


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