Program Requirements

The degree program curriculum is 40 credit hours consisting of courses in the following areas:

  • social psychology
  • multi-cultural psychology
  • organizational psychology
  • personnel psychology
  • group dynamics
  • change leadership
  • facilitation of diversity issues
  • healthy conflict management
  • client practicum
  • organizational assessment

All courses are taught with special attention to diversity issues and developing cultural competence. In addition, students also participate in experiences designed to allow them to:

  • Develop their own self-awareness and competence
  • Engage in and support healthy discussion
  • Resolve the challenges associated with diversity.

Additionally, the DMP faculty assists students in choosing between a thesis or comprehensive exams depending upon their career goals.

Certificate program students take all but three of the courses, participate in the practicum and earn continuing education credits.

The program is structured executive MBA-style, in a monthly three-day sequence, with a rigorous schedule of reading and paper writing as part of the coursework. Most courses are team-taught and the student teacher ratio is roughly 1 to 5. The practicum and thesis are done in the second year of the program. Both the master's degree and the certificate can be completed in 18-20 months.

Program instructors are Cleveland State University faculty and professional diversity management consultants.