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Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Program Length: 12 Months
Credit Hours: 12
Total Classes: 4
Cost per Credit: $1,485
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What are the program start dates?

Spring 2024

Summer 2024
May 6

Fall 2024
Late August

At a Glance

Learn to Use Technology-Based Solutions and Analytics to Solve Engagement Issues and Meet Your Goals

Research shows that companies throughout the U.S. are turning to their HR departments to solve organizational challenges and meet new goals, but current HR professionals don’t have the skills in technology or analytics to solve them.

The Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management at American University is aligned to with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidebook for graduate education. You will learn to apply technology to HR processes, monitor and impact employee engagement, and enhance business decision-making through metrics and critical evaluation.

Program Objectives

Create a Thriving Work Culture Through Data

Shape the future of the HR industry by successfully pairing new technologies with the necessary implementation methods. Complete the online graduate certificate able to:

  1. Improve HR Initiatives

    Make informed strategic management decisions by effectively integrating technology within the HR context.

  2. Increase Workplace Performance

    Learn how to evaluate performance and processes to enhance organizational productivity.

Building Expertise and Networks

Our practical online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management ensures you build 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. Skill for 21st-Century HR

    Discover the power of data analytics in enhancing engagement, program invitations, decision-making, and more through specialized, experiential, and data-driven programs designed to meet current industry needs.

  3. SHRM-Aligned Curriculum

    Our graduate certificate holds SHRM approval and recognition, as it adheres to the curriculum guidelines set by SHRM for graduate education.

Admission Requirement
Curriculum Description
Careers and Outcomes
Student Experience

Admission to American University’s Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

*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. As a SHRM-approved program, it equips you with valuable content, competencies, and critical thinking opportunities to make significant contributions to your workplace and positively impact its employees.

Upon completion, you will have honed and demonstrated proficient skills in communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, innovation, as well as the evaluation and utilization of emerging technologies.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

Use Advanced HR Skills to Help Meet Company Goals.

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.

  • 70% of global employers say they can’t find candidates with the right mix of technical skills and human capabilities.1
  • 71% of organizations say governing changing workforce strategies is needed, but only 8% say they are very ready to address this trend.2
  • 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.1

HR Leadership Roles And Their Growth Rates

The advanced skills you’ll learn in the Online Graduate Certificate in HR Analytics and Management position you to lead HR initiatives with evidence-based decision-making and technology skills. By the time you complete the program, you’re positioned for roles with faster-than-average growth rates between 2021 and 2031.

  • Human Resource Managers: 7% Growth
  • HR Management Analyst:11% Growth
  • Top Executives: 6% Growth
  • Training and Development Managers: 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
  • Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 
  • Holman Logistics
  • Inova Health Sytems
  • IRS
  • Kindred at Home
  • Koch Industries
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Louis Vitton
  • McCormick Paints
  • Milwaukee Tools 
  • Peloton Interactive
  • Postal Regulatory Commission
  • Postscript
  • Raytheon
  • Save the Children
  • The Vanguard Group
  • Trinity Health
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • 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 resources 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 Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Analytics and Management 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.

Take Your First Step Today

Become an American University student. A passion for public service, an emphasis on active leadership, and a global outlook are the hallmarks of the American University learning experience. We create graduates who stand out from their peers as active, socially aware, and compassionate leaders who work toward creating meaningful change in our world.

Join Us.

To learn more about American University’s Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Analytics and Management program, request more information, request an appointment, or call us toll-free at 855-725-7614.

Program FAQs

The Online Graduate Certificate in HR Analytics and Management 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 Graduate Certificate in HR Analytics and Management 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 Graduate Certificate in HR Analytics and Management program can be completed in 12-15 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

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 Graduate Certificate in HR 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 varies based on the term you are applying for. Please contact us for more information.

American University does not accept transfer credits for graduate certificate programs.

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

Financial aid is not available for graduate certificate programs. Graduate students enrolled at least part-time in a graduate 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 program is exclusively offered online. There will be opportunities for the learners to meet each other face-to-face but they are all optional.

If you decide to pursue the Online MS in Human Resources Analytics and Management after completing the certificate program, you can apply the 12 credits toward the full degree.

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 for the Online Graduate Certificate in HR 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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