HR Operations (Master's)
Organizations operate differently depending on size, scope, mission, and sector—but one common denominator is the need for an organization to recruit, develop, utilize, and retain talented employees. In the HR Operations master’s concentration, you will use a variety of models and tools including descriptive and predictive analysis, hiring needs, and compensation structures to inform human capital investments and organizational strategies.
You’ll learn to:
- Evaluate the essential principles for developing, utilizing, and retaining human resources
- Analyze the ethical and global implications for how information is selected, vetted, and presented
- Evaluate various organizational functions using descriptive and predictive analysis including risk assessment, compensation evaluations and cost, employee turnover, and hiring needs
- Compare and contrast organizational types and provide options supporting a variety of human capital investments to enhance the organization
MS in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Operations 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 4240 - HR Technology Solutions
- HRA 4250 - HR Competencies and Talent Management
- HRA 4260 - HR Analytics and Research
- HRA 4270 - Value and Impact of HR Interventions
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 4180 - Organizational Politics and the HR Professional
- HRA 4500 - Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness, and Communications
- HRA 4510 - Organizational Lifecycles and HR Implications
- HRA 4520 - HR Change Management
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Careers in HR Operations
HR Operations Manager, Human Resources Specialist, HR Operations Analyst, HR Operations Coordinator, Business Analyst, HR Generalist, HR Operations Administrator
Onboard new employees, communicate and administer benefit programs, manage HR recordkeeping, improve HR processes, oversee performance review processes, drive programs and initiatives that improve HR efficiency, conduct compensation studies, use predictive analysis, devise ways to retain talent.
As HR evolves from just a compliance function to being more agile and data-driven, HR professionals will need to be equipped with skills to attract, retain, and develop talent. Meeting 21st century business needs means having a more global perspective and always integrating ethical considerations in all decision-making. Those working in HR operations can expect to work with all stakeholders at an organization, including close alignment with leadership. As you work to address the immediate needs of an organization's HR department, you will need to be strategic and innovative in your tactics.
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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