Diversity Management Specialization M.A.

M.A. Program Admissions Information

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The required admissions materials are listed below:

  • 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 - Write an essay (between 500 and 600 words) about your reasons for pursuing Master's level studies in this discipline. Explain your developmental goals and address the strengths you would bring to the program. Specifically, address two aspects of culturally competent leadership and your personal experience to this field of study.

 For electronic submission upload your materials along with your application here.


Additional information:

Program tuition includes materials and a leadership coach. Students earn 40 credit hours in monthly, three 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!

There are multiple scholarships available to psychology students 

Assistantship Information

Get your application in as early as possible to be eligible for greater variety of assistantships. The availability of assistantships and tuition waivers is dependent on State and University funding each fiscal year.Funding for second year students is limited to competitive assistantships and work on faculty grant awards, when available. Several fieldwork placement sites provide a stipend or hourly wage for diversity work completed for this training experience.Visit the Cleveland State University Graduate Assistantship page for more information.


For submission of materials in person, by mail or by delivery service:

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.

Application materials sent by U.S. Mail should be addressed to:

  • Cleveland State University
    Application Processing Center
    Office of University Registrar
    1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
    Cleveland, OH 44115

Application materials delivered in person or by a delivery service (UPS, FedEx, DHL) should be delivered to:

  • Campus411 All-in-1
    Main Classroom 116
    1899 E. 22nd Street
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

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 (3):  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 585 (0):  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 692 (4):  Practicum I

Select one of the three:

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 695 (4):  Practicum II

PSY 685 (2):  Comp Exam*
PSY 696 (2):  Action Research*
PSY 699 (2):  Thesis*
Total credits:  40                              

* Students fulfill one of these three exit options

PDF iconClick here for an informational brochure about the DMP program

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.   
PSY 514 Aug 3-5,2017
PSY 514 Aug 10-12, 2017
PSY 515 Sep 7-9, 2017
PSY 516 Oct 5-7, 2017                  
PSY 515 Oct 26-28, 2017
PSY 516 Nov 16-18, 2017
PSY 533 Jan 4-6, 2018
PSY 530 Feb 1-3, 2018
PSY 532 Mar 1-3, 2018
PSY 530 Mar 22-24, 2018
PSY 551 Apr 19-21, 2018
PSY 585 May 4-2018
PSY 552 May 10-12, 2018
PSY 540 Jun 7-8,2018
PSY 553 July 12-14, 2018
PSY 692 Aug 16-18, 2018
PSY 630 Sep 13-15, 2018
PSY 692 Sep 27, 2018
PSY 692 Oct 18, 2018
PSY 630 Nov 1-3, 2018
PSY 692  Jan 19, 2019
PSY 633 Jan 10-12, 2019
PSY 695 Feb 7-9, 2019
PSY 633 Mar 7-9, 2019
Comp. exam Apr 19, 2019
Commencement May 11, 2019

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