Diversity Management Specialization M.A.

M.A. Program Admissions Information

Founded 19 years ago at the request of Cleveland business and community leaders the program was specially designed for working adults. We offer an accelerated once-a-month, 3 day weekend executive MBA style 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.

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Program tuition includes books, materials and a leadership coach. 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 also 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 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.

SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS

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

 

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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.

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
              8

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
             10

Summer 1st Year

PSY 540 (0):  Mid-Program Review
PSY 552 (2):  Assessing, Measuring & Evaluating Diversity Interventions
PSY 553 (2):  Facilitation of Diversity Issues
              4

Fall 2nd Year
PSY 630 (3):  Diversity Issues in Human Resources
PSY 692 (4):  Practicum I
PSY 685 (2):  Directed Readings for Comprehensive Exam*
PSY 686 (2):  Action Research* 
PSY 699 (2):  Thesis*
              9

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 695 (4):  Practicum II
PSY 699 (2):  Thesis*
               9
Total credits:  40                              

* Students fulfill one of these three exit options

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Dmp 20 Class schedule   dmp 21 class 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 Orientation Aug 3-5,2017
PSY 514 Aug 11-13, 2016 PSY 514 Aug 10-12, 2017
PSY 515 Sep 8-10, 2016 PSY 515 Sep 7-9, 2017
PSY 516 Oct 6-8, 2016 PSY 516 Oct 5-7, 2017                  
PSY 515 Oct 27-29, 2016 PSY 515 Oct 26-28, 2017
PSY 516 Nov 17-19, 2016 PSY 516 Nov 9-11, 2017
PSY 533 Jan 5-7, 2017 PSY 533 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 685 May 5, 2017 PSY 685 May 4-2018
PSY 552 May 18-20-2017 PSY 552 May 10-12, 2018
PSY 540 Jun 15-16, 2017 PSY 540 Jun 7-8,2018
PSY 553 Jul 6-8, 2017 PSY 553 July 12-14, 2018
PSY 690 Aug 24-26, 2017 PSY 690 Aug 16-18, 2018
PSY 690 Sep 14, 2017 PSY 630 Sep 13-15, 2018
PSY 630 Sep 28-30, 2017 PSY 690 Sep 27, 2018
PSY 690 Oct 19, 2017 PSY 690 Oct 18, 2018
PSY 630 Nov 2-4, 2017 PSY 630 Nov 1-3, 2018
PSY 691 Jan 13, 2018 PSY 691 Jan 5, 2019
PSY 633 Jan 18-20, 2018 PSY 633 Jan 10-12, 2019
PSY 633 Feb 15-17, 2018 PSY 633 Feb 7-9, 2019
PSY 691 Mar 15-17, 2018 PSY 691 Mar 7-9, 2019
Comp. exam Apr 20, 2018 Comp. exam Apr 19, 2019
Commencement May 12, 2018 Commencement May 11, 2019

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