Gatton College to Offer New Master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management and Analytics

For recent graduates and full-time working professionals who want to enhance their careers as organizational strategic partners, the Gatton College is launching the new Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management and Analytics (MS-SHRMA) and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. The programs will begin in fall 2021.

The 11-month, 30-credit program focuses on strong HR foundations and grounding in HR-based analytics and strategic decision making, including coursework on organizational network analysis and human capital planning and integration. The personalized learning experience and flexible format allow students to choose 100% in-person,100% online in real-time, and/or a hybrid.

Built with pre-approved alignment to SHRM standards, the program is taught by distinguished faculty researchers, including Scott M. Soltis, academic director of the MS-SHRMA program in the Department of Management. He notes the Gatton program features social network analysis courses taught by top researchers in the field.

“We are very excited to be the first master’s program to fully embrace the role of social network analysis in human resource management,” said Soltis. “This intersection, along with other people analytics, can significantly enhance the strategic potential of HR.”

The 11-month, 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management is for current HR professionals looking to grow their current role participation and career trajectory, as well as recent graduates who want to better prepare themselves for a career in human resources. The certificate combines insights from top faculty with real-world application and also features flexible delivery (in-person, real-time online, or hybrid).

The launch of these programs is in response to the growing need for qualified human resource professionals across the state of Kentucky and beyond. "The demand for HR professionals who can adapt to a changing landscape and elevate organizational contributions will continue to grow as companies have increased expectations around the role of HR within the organization,” added Soltis.

“We are realizing the source of competitive advantage for many companies is in the leadership and management of people and organizations,” said Gatton Lecturer and Executive in Residence Brad Patrick. He asserts that many of the biggest challenges that businesses face in today’s complex workplace, such as changes caused by the global pandemic, require HR professionals to step up and advance their skills. See video interview.

Interested candidates are invited to register online for the MS-SHRMA Virtual Open House from 5-6 p.m. on April 26. For more information, contact Rick Mason or visit