Diversity Management Specialization M.A.

M.A. Program Admissions Information

Founded 19 years ago at the request of the Cleveland business community, the program was specially designed for working leaders. We offer an accelerated once-a-month, 3 day weekend executive MBA format and professional leadership coaches. Our renowned faculty provide cutting-edge leadership development content that is research-based, user friendly and highly skill-focused. We have both a master’s degree for busy managers and a Graduate Certificate option.

Students are charged an affordable flat fee that includes tuition, books and other required materials. Students earn 40 credit hours in monthly, three all day modules with a cohort of diverse classmates from business, nonprofit and government industries. Class cohorts begin every August.

We welcome young adults interested in an academic research career in diversity, inclusion, organizational effectiveness and cultural competence.  Help us advance the field of organizational leadership!

The Diversity Management Program is a 21 month program beginning every Fall semester, in early August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Limited graduate assistantships are available and applicants should apply early to be considered.

To apply to the Masters Program you will need to submit the following:

  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • GRE (General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination). GMAT or the MAT are also acceptable if you have already previously taken the test. While the program does not adhere to strict cutoff scores for admittance, scores are one of the many factors considered for admission. (All test should have been taken in the past 5 years)
  • Personal statement - Please write an essay between 500 and 600 words about your reasons for pursuing Master's level studies in Diversity Management at Cleveland State University. Include in your statement the strengths you would bring to the program as well as personal, educational and professional gains you anticipate as a result of completing the program. Specifically address two aspects of diversity management and their relevance to your pursuit of this degree. Your personal statement is where you relate your professional experience to this field of study.

Apply on line here: https://applynow.csuohio.edu/CSUApply/index.jsp?careerHint=GRAD

or mail your complete packet to: Cleveland state University, Graduate Admissions Office, 2121 Euclid Avenue UN 301, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214 U.S.A.

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 the program faculty and complete a reading comprehension/writing exercise. The interview process takes 1 & 1/2 - 2 hours.

Students who decide not to enter the program after having submitted an application, must notify admissions in writing regarding their withdrawal.

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

For a DMP 19 class schedule (August, 2015), click here

For a DMP 20 class schedule (August, 2016), click here


Degree Requirements

Students earn 40 credit hours in specially designed courses delivered in a cohort-based learning community. Exit requirements include a field practicum, and one of three exit options (comprehensive exam, action research project or thesis). Program participants also receive leadership coaching in the first year of the program.

Fall 1st Year
PSY 514 (2):  Foundations of Diversity Management
PSY 515 (3):  Group Dynamics and Diversity
PSY 516 (3):  Social Psychological Foundations of Diversity

Spring 1st Year
PSY 530 (3):  Organizational Psychology for Diversity Professionals
PSY 532 (2):  Diversity and Organizational Change
PSY 533 (2):  Conflict Management Across Differences
PSY 551 (2):  Diagnosing Diversity in Organizations
PSY 685 (1):  Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exam

Summer 1st Year

PSY 540 (0):  Mid-Program Review
PSY 552 (2):  Assessing, Measuring & Evaluating Diversity Interventions
PSY 553 (2):  Facilitation of Diversity Issues

Fall 2nd Year
PSY 630 (3):  Diversity Issues in Human Resources
PSY 690 (4):  Field Placement Practicum
PSY 685 (2):  Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exam*
PSY 686 (2):  Action Research* 
PSY 699 (2):  Thesis*

Spring 2nd Year
PSY 633 (3)Professional Seminar in Diversity Management
PSY 685 (2):  Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exam*
PSY 686 (2):  Action Research*
PSY 691 (4):  Field Placement Practicum
PSY 699 (2):  Thesis*
Total credits:  40                              

* Students fulfill one of these three exit options

Click here for an informational brochure about the DMP program

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