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Master’s Concentration

Human Resource 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.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree

Asynchronous and Hybrid Online


As few as 18 months


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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

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


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


Core Courses



Concentration Courses


Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

Course Code Course Title
HRA 4130 Finance for HR Professionals
HRA 4140 HR as a Strategic Partner
HRA 4520 HR Change Management
HRA 4910 Research Practices and Applications
HRA 4901 Capstone Project 
HRA 4902 Capstone Seminar
HRA 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar 
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Course Code Course Title
HRA 4240 Human Resources Technology Solutions
HRA 4250 Integrated Talent Management
HRA 4260 HR Analytics and Research
HRA 4270 Value and Impact of HR Interventions
Elective Courses
Course Code Course Title
HRA 4160 Human Resources in a Global Economy
HRA 4170 The Inclusive Organization
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
HRA 4600 Human Relations in Organizations
ORL 4125 Evaluate and Sustain Change
ORL 4510 Building the 21st Century Organization
ORL 4500 Leadership Development
GS 4020 Culture, Identity, Power
ICT 4700 AI Concepts, Capabilities, and Tools
ICT 4705 AI Ethics, Policy, & Governance

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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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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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in HR Operations.

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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 9% 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 Resource Managers Salary: National Average


(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Strategic Human Resources

“I recently passed my SHRM-CP with very little time in the field. I feel like my first instincts are good because the foundation was laid with my education.” —Shannon Harbison, graduate.

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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