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Online Master's Degree
Organizational Leadership

Online Master's Degree:Human Resources

Organizational Leadership

Create Successful Leadership in HR Management — The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Human Resources concentration is designed to enhance the HR management and general leadership skills of human resource professionals.

The purpose of this online master's degree program is to equip students to become strategic partners in both for-profit and non-profit settings through the development of interpersonal competencies, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning as well as through the evaluation and analysis of the complex laws, policies, and organizational practices which govern and influence successful leadership in HR management.

This online master's degree in human resources/organizational leadership program uses a holistic approach, considering multiple disciplinary perspectives as well as analyzing past and present critical issues alongside future possibilities for human resources in business settings. Through peer-to-peer exchanges in the online courses, active participation in online discussion forums, HR case studies, and critical dialogue and debate, students are prepared to create sustainable and positive change as human resource professionals.

Program Brochure

Potential Growth for
Human Resources Managers


$110,120
Median
Annual Wage

9% Expected
Employment
Growth*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Human Resources Managers
(November, 2018); *From 2016-2026
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LEARNING OUTCOMES

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems:

  • Mindfulness: Apply awareness of self and the multi-faceted perspectives of others to lead in local and global contexts to reach common goals.
  • Conflict Resolution: Assess the cause of conflict in organizational settings and apply strategies to resolve and leverage conflict in diverse environments.
  • Ethics: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Professional Development: Analyze models for training and develop leaders throughout the organization and apply strategic plans for career development and training inside an organization.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Global Management: Assess and apply strategies for successful management of a global and diverse workforce with shifting demographics and expectations.
  • Strategic Leadership: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
  • HR Leadership: Analyze the strategic role of Human Resource Management as a business function in an organization.
  • Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.

Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.

Required Degree Courses

The curriculum for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Human Resources concentration begins with an understanding of how HR works as a strategic resource, then moves on to help students develop and apply ethics and leadership skills in the modern workplace. It continues with analyzing and preparing for the future in a globally-connected and diverse world.

Read special guest article: "Why I Chose CLU's Master's in Organizational Leadership Over an MBA."

The Human Resource concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas from the Human Resources industry.

Human Resources Courses

MLR 5301
The Strategic Role of HR in an Organization
OPEN
Human Resources provides a strategic resource for business development, providing insights on talent management and more. In this course you will investigate many of the technical business functions of an HR administrator, including staffing, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, job design. As an end result, you will be better prepared to take a "seat at the table" as a senior HR advisor.
MLR 5302
Critical Issues in HR Ethics and Law
OPEN
HR Leaders also serve as ethics advocates for their organizations. In this course, you will analyze a variety of models for ethics, applying them to the specific concerns of human resource management and the legal concerns of employment law. With this knowledge, you will be better prepared to serve as a senior advisor regarding legal and ethical business issues.
MLR 5303
Leading Individuals and Teams
OPEN
HR leadership requires specific knowledge and skill for facilitating individual and team achievement. This course will formulate resources for performance management, workforce planning and talent management, and a variety of leadership models. After completing the first three courses, you will find yourself better prepared as a voice for bringing out the best in your organization.
MLR 5304
Training and Development
OPEN
One of the more fulfilling aspects of HR is the opportunity to watch individuals grow professionally. This course will prepare you to serve as an internal consultant who designs metrics and measurements as well as formulate training and development for individuals. You will be prepared to design and lead development programs that provide strategic ROI for your organization.
MLR 5305
Connectivity, Culture, and the Future of Work
OPEN
Analyzing current business needs and preparing for the future in a globally-connected and diverse world requires leaders to analyze the current state of globalism and how it impacts their organizations. Students will analyze the current state of globalism, develop skills for managing across cultures in globally connected organizations, analyze current opportunities and challenges related to diverse cultures at work in organizations, analyze trends in mobile workers and technology, and make recommendations for the future of their workplace. This course will broaden your HR perspectives as well as discern future needs for your organization.
MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
OPEN
At Claremont Lincoln, mindfulness is defined as "focused awareness in the present moment and cultivation of compassion in self and others," skills which are essential for sustained human development and broader engagement. To that end, this course involves you first and foremost in practices that cultivate self-awareness, mindful reflection, concentration, empathy and compassion (for self and others). By the end of the course, you will better understand the varieties of mindfulness practice, gain personal experience with practicing mindfulness, and be able to apply mindfulness principles in your personal and professional contexts. You will also begin to explore what issue or context you will engage in your Capstone Action Project (CAP).
MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue
OPEN
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your CAP.
MCC 5303
Claremont Core — Collaboration
OPEN
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and create conditions for them to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to work with people in a collaborative effort, no matter what cultural diversity or social privilege may exist. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. You also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for your CAP.
MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change
OPEN
This course engages students in change-making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will integrate capacities from across the Claremont Core (mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration) to effectively design a project that positively affects a social situation. You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project to improve it. You will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for your CAP.
MLR 5306
Capstone Action Project
OPEN
Putting Your Ideas into Action — Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

The Claremont Core Curriculum helps you develop
engagement skills for creating a sustainable impact.

In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.

CLU's Online Programs Advantages

Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 15 months at a low cost of $15,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

Master's
Degree
$15k Total
Tuition
100% Online
Program
Flexible
Schedules
15 Month
Degree
No GRE or
GMAT Required

CLU is a Nonprofit University

Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.

As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.

Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.

Accreditation

Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.

The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.

To obtain a copy of Claremont Lincoln University's WASC accreditation, please contact:

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes
Accreditation Liaison Officer
alo@ClaremontLincoln.edu

State Licensures

Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Fax: 916-263-1897

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What Students Are Saying About CLU

Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.

Sami Hoda
Master's of Organizational Leadership '17

"All in all, I am better equipped to be an agent of positive change. I have found ways to use my education in my current work environment and in the volunteer work I do in education and with non-profits."

Kathy Trujillo
Master's of Organizational Leadership: Ethics '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in.

"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable.

"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."

Ely Flores
Master's of Social Impact '15

"Prospective students can expect to be challenged to grow as leaders, collaborators, and change-makers in their field and sector. The knowledge provided by the Social Impact program combines high level theoretical and critical thinking with practical grassroots implementation of learning and tools. This program equips students to become transformational leaders.

"In addition to growing academically, personally, and professionally, I hope students gain a community of thought partners and allies rooted in the mission of social change, love, and justice."

Meet Our Faculty

Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:

Darrell Burrell, DHEd, Teaching Faculty

Dr. Darrell Burrell is a 2017 graduate of the National Coalition Building Institute's (NCBI) Leadership Diversity Institute. He has been an executive coach for several years with the Asian American Government Executive Network (AAGEN) and a guest lecturer with the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) organizations. He is a certified executive coach and a certified diversity professional. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program www.pmf.gov. Dr. Burrell also has over eight years of US federal government service with US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Academically, Dr. Burrell has a doctorate degree and five graduate degrees.

Phyllis Sarkaria, Teaching Faculty

Phyllis H. Sarkaria is a human capital executive, coach, and adviser and serves on the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University. Before starting her consulting practice, Phyllis was Vice President, Human Resources for Quidel Corporation, a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic tests, where she oversaw the company's global HR strategy and programs for over 12 years.

Sharon Burton, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sharon L. Burton is a consultant (i.e., change management, business process improvement, diversity & inclusion, program management, and customer service), as well as an adjunct professor. She earned a DBA in quality systems management, two MBAs – Human Resource Management, and Management, in addition to seven certifications

Roderick French, Teaching Faculty

With over two decades of experience in the U.S. Marine Corps, Roderick French has acquired insight into the important interplay of psychology, leadership, and management. In his current capacity as Director of Total Force Manpower for the Office of Naval Research, French purposefully leverages and manages resources and people to efficiently reach desired objectives.

Tia-Jane'l Bass, PhD, Teaching Faculty

Dr. Tia-Jane'l Bass is a community health practitioner and educator with over 15 years of experience in the field. Dr. Bass earned a Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Public Health degree, and she is passionate about developing strategies that improve health outcomes, as well as partnering with learners to transfer this knowledge. She currently resides in Haw River, NC, and works at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as a Health Care Consultant.

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

Earn your master's degree online in 15 months for only $15,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.

Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
With A Concentration In Ethics

Guide your organization towards purposeful and responsible decisions in a diverse, globalized world. Read More.

Master Of Arts
In Interfaith Action

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Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
Higher Education

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Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
With A Concentration In Healthcare

Learn to lead healthcare organizations through the development of interpersonal competencies, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning. Read More.

Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
With A Concentration In Civic Engagement

Transform communities by facilitating collective, innovative solutions. Read More.

Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
With A Concentration In Human Resources

Become a strategic partner in your organization by enhancing your HR leadership skills. Read More.

Master Of Arts
In Social Impact

Learn the entrepreneurial skills and perspectives to be a change-agent in social endeavors. Read More.

Master Of Arts
In Organizational Leadership
With A Concentration In Tech Management

This program is designed to enhance student expertise in leading technical teams, integrating and managing technological advancements, balancing technology, culture, ethics, and innovation for strategic planning, policy development, and directing digital transformation efforts. Read More.