American University Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

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American University

American University is a four year, private university in Washington D.C. With eight schools and over 160 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, American University students are able to choose a personalized curriculum.

American University Veteran and Military Support

AU offers the following veteran and military support programs:

The university is experienced in filing your benefits because there were 425 American University students who used VA Benefits during the Fall 2018 semester.

AU also has a Veterans' Liaison Network that works to help ensure that AU's student veterans navigate the university successfully to achieve their educational objectives. American University is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school.

About American University

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad.

Military and Veteran Costs
  • Tuition Cost
    $ 46,615
  • GI Bill Coverage
    - $ 25,162
  • Student Veteran Cost
    $ 21,453
  • Tuition Cost-Per-Credit-Hour
  • Tuition Assistance
    - $ 250
  • Military Student Cost
    $ 0
  • This GI Bill coverage is based on full benefits remaining. Any potential costs and coverage should be verified by the university before applying.

Military/Veteran Support

  • BAH - Campus
  • BAH - Online
  • Campus SVA Chapter
  • Full-Time Veteran Counselor On Campus
  • Signed VA Principles Of Excellence
  • Club/Association for Veterans
  • Veteran Upward Bound Program
  • 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Offers ROTC Program
  • GI Bill Approved Programs
Academic Support
  • Offers College Credit for Military Experiences
  • Awards Credit for CLEP Exam
  • Awards Credit for DSST Exam
Financial Support
  • Approved for Tuition Assistance
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Scholarships for Military
  • Reduced Tuition for Military
School Information
  • College Type
  • Setting
  • Accreditation Type
  • Duration
    4 Year
  • Calendar
Student Population
  • Student Count
    GI Bill Students
  • Male
  • Female
  • Religious
    United Methodist
  • Ethnicity
    No Ethnic Affiliation
  • Gender
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Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management
  • Program Description

    Discover technology-based solutions in today’s HR field.

    Technology is causing many HR functions such as wellness programs and benefits information to be delivered via electronic means. Known as e-HR, this new model requires HR professionals to develop new skills and management techniques. The online Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management provides a convenient route to gaining these new skills — it can be completed in just 12 to 15 months.

    As a certificate student at American University, you will have access to the Career Directions program in the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies. The center provides professional development resources for adult learners and offers a variety of workshops, as well as one-on-one career coaching sessions. Our goal is to ensure you're immediately prepared to apply information to the workplace upon completion of the program.



    This 12-credit program focuses on how employees make strategic management decisions and use technology within the HR context, and how to evaluate performance and processes to enhance organizational productivity.

    • Just four courses allow you to focus on developing the most essential skills.
    • Gain critical knowledge you can use at your job immediately.
    • Credits can be applied toward the online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management program (equal to one-third of the master’s program).


    *SPEX 660: Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credit hours)
    The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.


    HRAM 600: Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) (3 credit hours)
    In many organizations, employees mainly interact with HR through a portal rather than with a person. This transformation of HR service delivery requires a change in the way HR professionals perform their responsibilities. This course will examine leading performance and tracking tools, range of systems, and the role of cloud-based tools within the workplace and human resource management.


    HRAM 610: Evaluating Hiring, Performance and Employee Metrics (3 credit hours)
    Determining what metrics to measure and report depends on an organization’s strategy and goals. The implementation of an HR reporting system should be carefully planned and focus on the metrics that affect progress toward business goals. This course emphasizes the process of identifying which data are important, and how to measure and communicate goals for sustainability.


    HRAM 630: Compliance and Risk Reduction Strategies (3 credit hours)
    This course will explore workplace culture, legal requirements, and what metrics can inspire behavior change through compliance training. It will examine ethical and legal compliance issues; how to meet the needs of diverse audiences; and evaluations of investigations and workplace risk-avoidance training initiatives, with a focus on legal requirements, method definition and an evaluation of the delivery.

    *Optional DC Experience @ AU (on-campus).


    The Advisory Council

    These graduate certificate courses were developed with input from an expert advisory council comprised of HR leadership professionals in roles such as:

    • Human Resources Director
    • Manager of Training and Organizational Development
    • Senior HR Consultant
    • Assistant Vice President of Human Resources


    Their direction was instrumental in developing coursework that could quickly close the skills gap between current trends and the workforce to provide graduates an immediate competitive edge in the HR industry.


    Additional Professional Development Opportunities

    American University has recently partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to also offer two non-credit professional development courses: 

    • Learning Certification Preparation for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP
    • Essentials of Human Resources