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Human Resource Management

MS in Human Resource Management

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We recommend the MA in Management.

Increased global competition and rapid organizational changes are profoundly impacting the human resources profession. The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) trains HR professionals to design and lead strategic organizational change.

This distinctive, flexible program is designed for both recent graduates and full-time working professionals who want to enhance their careers as organizational strategic partners. You’ll study how business issues and social, regulatory, and technical changes affect HR requirements and costs, learning to apply best HR management practices to create an attractive organizational culture that supports thriving employees and flourishing organizations. The MSHRM program provides the crucial analytical skills and design tools that prepare you to identify issues in human resources management and create strategic solutions.

Program Highlights
  • CGU’s MS program in Human Resource Management has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being in alignment with the SHRM HR Curriculum Guidelines.
  • The MSHRM program offers flexibility by scheduling evening and weekend classes to accommodate working professionals.
  • Enroll year-round with three enrollment entry points for new students.
  • Complete the program in two years while working full-time.
  • Graduate Record Examination not required to apply.

Consider the Human Resource Management program at Claremont Graduate University if:

  • You are looking for an application-driven master’s program rather than a theory-driven or research-intensive one.
  • You are interested in organizational behavior, organizational development, and consulting.
  • You are looking to transition into a career in HR.
  • You are a seasoned HR professional seeking career advancement.

The human resource management program seeks students who have strong leadership ability or show the potential for strong leadership ability in order to be successful strategic business partners in their organizations. Our students come from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. They are in high demand because they understand how to be successful in a technology driven and globally representative economy.

Program At-a-glance

  • 40 units

    required units

  • MS in Human Resource Management

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 2 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

Areas of Concentration

  • Positive Human Resource Management

    Learn how to leverage employee and organizational strengths to drive success, create an attractive corporate culture, increase employee engagement, and more.

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Regina Burch

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Where You Can Find Our Alumni


  • Assistant Professor Jessica Diaz

    Jessica Diaz

    Director, Human Resource Management
    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Organizational behavior, employee experience, psychological safety, diversity, equity, and inclusion, leader development, statistics and methodology

  • Cindi Gilliland

    Cindi Gilliland

    Professor of Practice in Organizational Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Innovation, Resilience & Well-Being, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Portrait of Michelle Bligh

    Michelle Bligh

    Executive Vice President & Provost
    Professor of Organizational Behavior

    Research Interests

    Leadership, Organizational Culture, Charismatic Leadership

  • Portrait of Rebecca Reichard

    Becky Reichard

    Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Development of those not typically represented in leadership roles (e.g., women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+), Psychological mechanisms underlying the process of leader development (e.g., feedback, goal striving, self-views, implicit theories, leader development readiness), Development of leadership through experiences outside of the work context (e.g., global, sports, volunteering, crisis)

  • Maria Gloria Gonzalez

    M. Gloria González-Morales

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Director, Center for Academic & Faculty Excellence

    Research Interests

    Work stress; work-life issues; workplace victimization and incivility; relational practices and cultures; diversity; positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance.

  • Stephen Gilliland

    Stephen Gilliland

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Organizational Justice, Employee Attitudes and Motivation, Leadership

  • Paul J. Zak

    Paul J. Zak

    Professor of Economic Sciences, Psychology & Management
    Director, Center for Neuroeconomics Studies

    Research Interests

    Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience of Narratives, Neuromanagement

Extended Faculty

  • Paola Amaro Alvarez, MS, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP, PCC

    Vice President, West Region
    Human Resources Business Partner Hines

  • Maren Dollwet Waggoner, PhD

    Senior Vice President, Field People
    Walmart U.S.

  • Jennifer Jaffe, MS

    Chief People Officer

  • Dana Mayhew, MPA, SPHR, PHR-ca, SHRM-SCP

    Founder and Principal, TDC Consults
    Chair Governmental Affairs, PIHRA

  • Scott Mazo, MS, SPHR

    Human Resources Director
    DCI Hollow Metal

  • Scott Schroeder, PhD

    Professor of Management, School of Business & Communication
    Chaminade University

  • Ron Smedley, MS

    President, Founder
    Synergistic Resource Associates

  • Scott Wheeler, Esq.

    Law Offices of Scott Wheeler

  • Sheilesha Willis, PhD

    Head of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging


Principles of HR Management – Prerequisite (4 Units)
Overview of Organizational Behavior (2 units)
Job Analysis, Job Design (2 units)
Analytics, Metrics, and Measurement (2 units)
Training & Development (2 units)
Workforce Planning, Talent Management (2 units)
Organizational Development and Change (2 units)
Planned Change Management (2 units)
Staffing: Recruitment and Selection (2 units)
Global HR & Diversity (2 units)
Employee and Labor Relations Management (2 units)
Compensation, Benefits & Total Rewards (2 units)
Performance Management (2 units)
Ethical Issues in HR (2 units)
Consulting (2 units)
Legal Issues in HR (2 units)
Human Resources Strategic Planning – Capstone (2 units)

Electives – 4 units

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Standardized Test Scores Optional
Other Requirements English proficiency exam

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Program 36 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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