Master's Concentration

HR Operations

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 this program geared for HR leaders, you’ll 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.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 10
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$32,928
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Staffing forecasting, recruitment, succession planning, and competency modeling


Create analytics and research reports using modeling, analysis, and mapping


Acquire, hire, and retain talented human resources

Curriculum

MS in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in HR Operations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
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.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 1 2 1 2
Year 2 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
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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 Operations


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HR professionals can expect to see a job growth of 7% over the next decade. A shortage of HR professionals with foundational competencies and knowledge is expected, with other critical 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.

Job Titles

HR Operations Manager
Human Resources Specialist
HR Operations Analyst
HR Operations Director
Business Analyst
HR Generalist
HR Operations Administrator

Human Resources Manager Salary: National Average

$76,022
(Glassdoor)

Get Ahead with Career Services


One-on-one career coaching and mock interviews


Job database dedicated to DU students and alumni


Résumé and cover letter guidance

Hear from Our Students

Theme: Job Satisfaction
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 our 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

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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.

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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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