The MS in Human Resource Management (HRM) with a concentration in Positive Human Resource Management 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 Management, 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

36 units

2-3 years

Fall | Spring | Summer

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

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.

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.

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
  • 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

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

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