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-around 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

36 units

2-3 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MS in Human Resource Management

Featured Courses

HRD 325
Compensation, Benefits & Total Rewards

Studies the human resource concepts, strategies, philosophy, and practices of compensation and benefits administration, with an examination of trends, cost to value, and systems.

HRD 323
Employment Law/Legal Issues

Offers a broad overview of the labor and employment laws that will be applicable in most employment contexts by focusing on employment relationship, wrongful termination, discrimination, and more.

HRD 327

Explores ethical issues that HR professionals confront with the growth of organizational competitiveness, diversity, and technology, and examines differences between legal compliance and sound ethics.

HRD 357
Workforce Planning, Talent Management

Examines analytical methods for evaluating internal and external information for short- and long-range strategic HR planning.

HRD 344
Performance Management

Conveys a broad knowledge of the multi-dimensional aspects of performance management in today’s workplace as it relates to the individual, team, and organization.

Available Concentration

Principles of HR Management – Required (4 Units)
HR Information Systems (2 units)
Financial Analysis for HR (2 units)
Planned Change Management (2 units)
Employment Law/Legal Issues
Global HR & Diversity (2 units)
Compensation, Benefits and Total Rewards (2 units)
Ethics (2 units)
Organizational Development and Change (2 units)
Organizational Behavior (2 units)
Analytics, Metrics, and Measurement (2 units)
Workforce Planning, Talent Management (2 units)
Staffing: Recruitment and Selection (2 units)
Job Analysis and Job Design (2 units)
Performance Management (2 units)
Training and Development (2 units)
Employee and Labor Relations Management (2 units)
Internal Consulting (2 units)
HR Strategic Planning (Capstone)

Electives – 2 courses
Crisis Management
Field Placement
Organizational Strategic Planning
Doing Research in HRM
Independent Study

Faculty & Research
  • Cindi Gilliland profile image

    Cindi Gilliland

    Clinical Full Professor of Human Resource Management
    Director, Human Resource Management

    Research Interests

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

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Professor of Organizational Behavior

    Research Interests

    Leadership, Organizational Culture, Charismatic Leadership

  • Paul J. Zak profile image

    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, SPHR, PHRca, ACC

Vice President, Human Capital West Coast
Harbor Distributing, Reyes Beverage Group

Maren Dollwet, PhD

Sr. Human Resource Director

Jennifer Jaffe

Chief Talent Officer, Human Resources
Too Faced Cosmetics – Estee Lauder

Scott Kittrell

Internal Consultant – Organizational Performance Management
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Ketan Mhatre, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies, Pitzer College

Scott Schroeder

Professor of Management, School of Business & Communication
Chaminade University

Ron Smedley

President, Founder
Human Resource and Leadership Development

Scott Wheeler, Esq.

Law Offices of Scott Wheeler

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