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Positive Human Resource Development

MS in Human Resource Management

This program is not currently accepting applications.

We recommend the MA in Management.

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).
  • The MSHRM program offers flexibility by scheduling only evening and weekend classes to accommodate busy working professionals.
  • Your faculty are a combination of high-level working HR professionals mixed with academics who publish in areas of HR, leadership, organizational effectiveness, and HRM.

In the Positive Human Resource Development concentration, you will benefit from our proximity to the Positive Organizational and Positive Developmental Psychology programs and faculty of CGU. You will learn state-of -the-art theory and practice in small, intimate classes taken alongside other HRM and positive psychology students, taught by world-renowned faculty who are advancing the science of positive psychology.

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

  • 44 units

    required units

  • MS in Human Resource Management

    degree awarded

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  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 2-3 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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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

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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