The MS in Human Resource Management (HRM) with a concentration in Positive Human Resource Development trains HR professionals to provide positive, strengths-based leadership to functions in management, recruitment, training, and development.

In the first-ever program in Positive Human Resource Development, you’ll learn positive, strengths-based leadership skills critical to the future of the human resources field, including how to leverage employee and organizational strengths to drive success. Learn what it takes to create an attractive corporate culture, increase employee engagement, infuse meaning into work, cultivate organizational commitment, and enhance employee well-being in an array of professional settings.

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.
  • You can pursue dual degree options within Management (MBA) and Psychology (MA).
  • Monthly HRM dinners are a great way for you to network outside the classroom, connect with students from other cohorts, discuss job and professional development opportunities, receive program updates, and more.
  • The MSHRM program offers flexibility by scheduling only evening and weekend classes to accommodate busy working professionals.

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 who 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

UNITS
36 units

COMPLETION TIME
1.5–2 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DIVISION
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED
MS in Human Resource Management

Featured Courses

HRD 360
Positive Careers & Coaching

Explores classic and contemporary research on career development and coaching, with a focus on the psychology of career decisions, mindsets, and models of career coaching.

PSYCH 350
Positive Leadership

Examines the topic of leadership through a positive psychological lens and explores comprehension and critical appraisal of current theories and empirical evidence.

HRD 356
Introduction to Positive Human Resource Development

Provides an introduction to the positive psychological and strengths-based perspectives, theories, and methods that have been revolutionizing HR practice.

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.

PSYCH 319
Organizational Behavior

Surveys core areas of organizational behavior, exploring theory, research, and selected applications on topics such as organizational structure, roles, technology, communication, and more.

HRD 357
Workforce Planning, Talent Management

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

Faculty & Research

  • Jeffrey Yip profile image

    Jeffrey Yip

    Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology

    Research Interests

    Leadership, Mentoring, Career development

  • 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

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

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Paige Piontkowsky

Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
T: 909-607-3240 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)
E: paige.p@cgu.edu