Master's Concentration

HR Employment Relations

Design and manage organizational programs and systems geared toward making a positive impact on the employee experience. Successful organizations often have a respectful employee-employer relationship, and HR professionals maintain and enhance those relationships. Learn to improve employee retention and high performance through compensation, total benefits, meeting organizational goals, and setting realistic performance expectations.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 3
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Master's Degree
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn

Analyze the typical phases of an employee experience

Evaluate the compensation considerations and total benefits for employees

Identify, locate, and interpret laws and regulations relevant to the organization


Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Employment Relations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Core Courses
Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Strategic Human Resources program. 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.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Take a Course Before You Apply

We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of HR Employment Relations

Job growth for HR specialists will increase 7% throughout the next decade, as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Developing employees and being involved in shaping an organization's workforce takes knowledge in relationship building, strategy, budgets, and planning.

The Society of Human Resource Management anticipates an expanded job market for HR professionals, according to their Jobs Outlook Survey. HR jobs that deal directly with employees are expected to rise thanks to a growing U.S. economy.

Job Titles

Employee Relations Manager
Employment Specialist
HR Manager
Total Rewards Manager

Human Resource Managers Salary: National Average

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.

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Bonnie Davis
Senior Manager, Leadership and Org. Dev., AVAYA
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Carla Elam-Floyd (Student Member)
Director of Human Resources, Denver Water
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Audrey Sevalt
Division Director, HR, Corinthian Colleges
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Liesa Taylor
HR Business Partner, Sun Microsystems
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Shelie Gustafson
Vice-President of Human Resources at CH2MHILL OMI
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Rika Mead
Change Manager, City & County of Denver
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Shelly Pettet
Global Vice President, Human Resources, IHS

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Accreditation & Associations

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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Human Resource Certification Institute

The University of Denver University College is an Approved Provider with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Each course in the Strategic Human Resource curriculum is approved for 48 recertification hours of General, Strategic, or International credit with HRCI. Upon successful completion of the course, human resource professionals may apply the credit earned towards their Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), or Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification. Looking for HRCI certification prep for PHR, SPHR, and aPHR? See offerings through the Center for Professional Development.

SHRM Alignment
Society for Human Resource Management

The MS in Strategic Human Resources offered through University College is formally acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being aligned with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates through September 2023. As a university with a master's degree program aligned to SHRM's curriculum guidelines, students are eligible to apply for the SHRM-CP exam provided they meet SHRM's student eligibility requirements.

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