Diversity Management Specialization M.A.

Graduate Certificate Information

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This 18 credit Graduate Certificate is especially geared to the needs of mid-career adult learners who want to enhance their advanced degrees such as MBA, Law or Masters degree. Combining classroom instruction and practical application, participants study the foundations of behavioral psychology which clarifies human behavior in the workplace. Leaders learn the fundamentals of culturally competent leadership and the power to influence the people they lead. The program leads to certification as a Diversity Professional (CDP).


A new cohort starts every August. Applications ar accepted on a rolling basis.

Once you have completed the Graduate Admission Application on line submit the following materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Offical transcript from colleges and universities you ahve attended
  • Your professional resume
  • Personal Statement - Write an essay between (500 and 600 words) about your reasons for pursuing Master's level studies. Explain your developmental goals and address strengths you would bring to the program. Speciically, address two aspects of culturally competent leadership and your professional experience to this field of study.
  • GRE - The GRE is waived for anyone who has already earned a post-graduate degree. 

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Applicants who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents should submit all application materials and a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank for the graduate admission application fee, directly to:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Campus 411; Main Classroom, Room 116
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Telephone: (216) 687-5599
Toll Free: 1-888-CSU-OHIO (ask for Campus 411)
Fax: (216) 687-5400
E-mail: graduate.admission@csuohio.edu

For international students: Please contact the Office of International Admissions for assistance with transcripts, visas, etc. Please act early to ensure that your application can be accomodated. They can be reached at: Union Building, Room 301, 1836 Euclid Avenue,  phone: 216-687-4579

Once your application is complete you will be contacted to schedule an interview. You will meet with program faculty and complete a reading comprehension/writing exercise. The interview process takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


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Students who decide not to enter the program after having submitted an application must notify Admissions in writing that they are withdrawing.

For further information contact: the Diversity Management Program at 216.687.2587 or   E-mail: diversityprogram@csuohio.edu.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Students earn 18 credit hours in specially designed courses delivered in a cohort-based learning community. Program participants also receive leadership coaching in the first year of the program.


Fall, First Year
PSY 514 (2 credits) Foundations of Diversity Management (strongly recommended, not required)
PSY 515 (3 credits) Group Dynamics and Diversity (strongly recommended, not required)
PSY 516 (3 credits) Social Psychological Foundations of Diversity (required)

Spring, First Year

PSY 530 (3 credits) Organizational Psychology for Diversity Professionals (required)
PSY 532 (2 credits) Diversity and Organizational Change (required)
PSY 534 (3 credits) Effective Conflict Management in Diverse Workplaces (required)
PSY 551 (2 credits) Diagnosing Diversity (required)

Summer, First Year
PSY 552 (2 credits) Assessing, Measuring & Evaluating Diversity (required)

Fall, Second Year
PSY 630 (3 credits) Diversity Issues in Human Resource Management (required)

Total:  18 credits

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DMP 20 Graduate Certificate Course Schedule

DMP 21 Graduate Certificate Course Schedule

Class times for all 3 Day weekends are Thursday 1:00-8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m, and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.    Class times for all 3 Day weekends are Thursday 1:00-8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m, and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   
Orientation Aug 4-6, 2016 PSY 514 Aug 3-5 2017
PSY 514 Aug 11-13, 2016 PSY 514 Aug 10-12, 2017
PSY 516 Oct 6-8, 2016              PSY 516 Oct 5-7, 2017
PSY 516 Nov 17-19, 2016 PSY 516 Nov 16-18, 2017
PSY 534 Jan 5-7, 2017 PSY 534 Jan 4-6, 2018
PSY 530 Feb 2-4, 2017 PSY 530 Feb 1-3, 2018
PSY 532 Mar 2-4, 2017 PSY 532 Mar 1-3, 2018
PSY 530 Mar 30- Apr 1, 2017 PSY 530 Mar 22-24, 2018
PSY 551 Apr 27-29, 2017 PSY 551 Apr 19-21, 2018
PSY 552 May 18-20, 2017 PSY 552 May 10-12, 2018
PSY 540 Jun 15-16, 2017                    (Not required but recommended)     
PSY 553 Jul 6-8, 2017                        (Not required but recommended)  
PSY 630 Sep 28-30, 2017  
PSY 630 Nov 2-4, 2017