HR Employment Relations (Master's)
Successful organizations often have a respectful employee-employer relationship, and it’s up to HR professionals to maintain and enhance those relationships. Learn strategies to improve employee retention through compensation, total benefits, achievement of organizational goals, and setting realistic expectations of performance in the HR Employment Relations master’s concentration.
You’ll learn to:
- Analyze the typical phases of an employee experience
- Evaluate the compensation considerations for employees
- Analyze total benefits as a function of organizational goals and employee performance and retention
- Identify, locate, and interpret laws and regulations relevant to the organization
MS in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Employment Relations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HRA 4130 - Finance for HR Professionals
- HRA 4140 - Principles and Practice of Human Resources
- HRA 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HRA 4901 - Capstone Project
- HRA 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HRA 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- HRA 4600 - Human Relations in Organizations
- HRA 4610 - Employee Compensation
- HRA 4620 - Employment Total Benefits
- HRA 4630 - Employment Law
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Strategic Human Resources programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Strategic Human Resources programs include:
- HRA 4160 - Human Resources in a Global Economy
- HRA 4260 - HR Analytics and Research
- HRA 4270 - Value and Impact of HR Interventions
- HRA 4500 - Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
- HRA 4510 - Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications
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Careers in HR Employment Relations
Employee Relations Manager, Employment Specialist, HR Manager, Consultant, Total Rewards Manager
Manages hiring processes, pursue talent acquisition, devise workforce development initiatives, develop and maintain relationships with employees at all levels of the organization, identify training and professional development opportunities, create strategic recruitment plans
Developing employees and being involved in shaping an organization's workforce takes knowledge in relationship building, strategy, budgets, and planning. HR Specialists rank #16 on the Best Business Jobs list and HR jobs that deal directly with employees are expected to rise thanks to a growing US economy. The Society of Human Resource Management anticipates an expanded job market for HR professionals, according to their Jobs Outlook Survey.
Careers in Strategic Human Resources
Find stability in an unstable economy.
A renewed sense of optimism in the U.S. economy has restored HR professionals' confidence in the job market, according to the Jobs Outlook Survey provided by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). According to data from Indeed.com, job postings for human resources positions reached more than 50,000 in February 2013, primarily in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. By 2020, employment for human resources managers is expected to grow 13%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Train, develop, and succeed!
HR professionals say that the three biggest challenges facing HR executives over the next 10 years are retaining and rewarding the best employees (59%), developing the next generation of corporate leaders (52%), and creating a corporate culture that attracts the best employees to organizations (36%), according to data from SHRM. Professionals in the field will need to address these issues effectively and efficiently in the coming years. A shortage of HR professionals with foundational competencies and knowledge is expected, with other key skills gaps in problem solving, work ethic, written communications, and leadership. Solution-oriented HR professionals will be in high demand as optimizing the workforce within an organization and redesigning training and development are likely. Not to mention, it's essential to have efficient, talented human resource managers available to select top-notch talent from the expanded pool of job seekers.
Where are they now?
Strategic Human Resource Management alumni hold job titles such as Employment Coordinator, HR Executive Administrative Assistant, Department Administrator, Corporation Recruiter, HR Generalist, HR Director, and Area HR Manager for companies and organizations such as City of Boulder, Favorite Healthcare Staffing, Proctor Gamble Paper Products Company, Cherry Creek School District, Western Union, State Farm Insurance Company, USGS, Broadmoor Hotel, ICF National Bank, Dish Network, and Sears Holdings Corporation.
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