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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 human resources 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.

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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.


  • Professional Development: Analyze models for training and develop leaders throughout the organization and apply strategic plans for career development and training inside an organization.
  • Global Management: Assess and apply strategies for successful management of a global and diverse workforce with shifting demographics and expectations.
  • HR Leadership: Analyze the strategic role of Human Resource Management as a business function in an organization.


  • 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.
  • Ethical Leadership: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Leadership Theories: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
  • Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.


As a graduate of Higher Education, you'll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills & competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:

  • Human Resource Managers or Executive
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • International Human Resources Professional
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Employee Education Consultant
  • Executive Recruiter
  • AVP, HR Business Partner
  • Global HR Operations Consultant
  • Global HR Operations Sr. Consultant
  • HR IT Analyst
  • Human Resources Project Management Operations Leader
  • Human Resources Partner
  • Human Resources Portal Lead
  • Human Resources Project Manager
  • Human Resources and Compliance
  • HR Talent Acquisitions
  • HR Specialists (Information Systems)
  • On-Board Human Resources Consultant
  • Chief Learning and Compliance Officer
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Talent Management Specialist
  • Leadership Development Specialist
  • Career Services Associate
  • Workforce development associate
  • Workforce planning associate


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.


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

MHR 5302
The Strategic Role of HR in the Organization

Human Resources Management enables organizations to compete more effectively in today's global economy. This course provides an overview of HR's role in being a strategic business partner in aligning people, strategies, and organizational outcomes. In this course, students investigate many of the technical business functions of an HR professional including staffing, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, job design. As an end result, students will be better prepared to take a "seat at the table" as a senior HR advisor.

  • Introduction to HR's Role in the Organization
  • HR and Organizational Strategies
  • Staffing, Recruitment and Selection
  • Total Rewards
  • Variable Pay & Executive Compensation
  • Job Analysis and Evaluation
  • Employee Relationships
  • Performance Management and Training
MHR 5303
Critical Issues in HR Ethics and Law

Critical Issues in HR Law and Ethics will help students define and apply important legal and ethical guidelines for human resources. The human resources profession often calls upon practitioners to make difficult choices between two right answers, not between right and wrong. Through the study of ethical theory and employment law with application to real world situations, students will learn to translate abstract concepts into pragmatic action.

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Theories in Ethics and Application in Organizations
  • Developing Character in Self and Organizations
  • Common Ethical Dilemmas
  • Law and Ethics
  • Right vs. Right Decisions
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Develop an Ethical Position
MHR 5304
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

Analyzing current business needs and preparing for the future in a globally-connected and diverse world requires leaders to assess the current state of globalism and how it impacts their organizations. Students will analyze the current global realities for human resources, develop skills for managing across cultures in globally connected organizations, analyze current opportunities and challenges related to diversity and inclusion at work in organizations and make recommendations for the future of the workplace.

  • HR and the Globalization Era
  • Globalization Challenges in HR
  • Globalization & the Future of HR
  • Foundational Concepts in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Important Diversity and Inclusion strategies for business success
  • Uncovering the Complexities of Workplace Diversity
  • Making Diversity and Inclusion Work
  • Anticipating the Future of HR
MHR 5307
Acquiring, Planning, and Retaining Human Capital

An important aspect of business operations is to ensure that the organization has the right people, with the right skills, at the right time, to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Talent acquisition and workforce planning are the activities at the forefront of this reality. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of talent acquisition, workforce planning and its strategic role within an organization.

  • The Strategic Role of Staffing
  • Job Analysis and Documentation
  • Recruitment and Sourcing
  • Selection
  • Onboarding and Assimilation
  • Workforce Planning and Analysis
  • Staffing and the Workforce Plan
  • Strategies for Implementing Workforce Management
  • Succession Planning
MHR 5308
Training and Developing an Effective Workforce

One of the more fulfilling aspects of human resources is the opportunity to watch individuals grow professionally. This course will prepare students to serve as an internal consultant who designs metrics and measurements and formulates training and development for individuals. Students will be prepared to design and lead development programs that provide strategic return on investment for an organization.

  • The Learning Culture
  • Training Methods & Tools
  • Effective Training Programs
  • Evaluating Training
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development
MCC 5311
Claremont Core — Mindfulness

This course offers students critical understanding of mindfulness practices and ways to develop the capacities of mindful attention necessary for effective change leadership. To that end, the course focuses first and foremost on practice: you will be regularly engaging in practices of self-awareness, mindful reflection, open-presence awareness, concentration, and compassion (for self and others).

MCC 5312
Claremont Core — Dialogue

Effective dialogue in the 21st century is mindful communication that constructs shared understanding among diverse constituencies. Students will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue. Students will develop the ability to manage contrasting perspectives among diverse constituencies and reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate personal commitment to fostering productive dialogue in interpersonal, professional and public contexts. They also will identify potential dialogue partners for progress toward the Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5311

MCC 5313
Claremont Core — Collaboration

Collaboration is co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. Students will be able to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and to create conditions for stakeholders to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to articulate contemporary understandings of cultural diversity and social privilege that exist in any collaborative effort. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. They also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5302

MCC 5314
Claremont Core — Change

This course engages students in change making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. Students will be able to integrate capacities from the Claremont Core (Mindfulness, Dialogue and Collaboration) to effectively implement a project that positively affects a social situation. Students will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project and integrate evaluation into program improvement.

Students will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5313

MHR 5310
Human Resources Capstone

The educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This project draws on the entire educational experience including research, analysis, and determining appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact. Must be taken during student's final term.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

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

Master's in Human ResourcesIn 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 12 months at a low cost of $18,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

Human Resources Masters DegreeMaster's
Human Resources Degree$18k Total
Human Resources100% Online
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Online Grad School12 Month
Online Human Resources SchoolNo GRE or
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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.


Online Human Resources Grad School

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:

Lynn Priddy
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Student Achievement & Accreditation

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).

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Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

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Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
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 in Ethical Leadership '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an immersion 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."

Midori Meyer
Master's in Social Impact  '15

"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."

Lolofi Soakai
CLU Alum '17

"CLU has been such a blessing to my life. CLU helps strengthen my leadership skills through mindfulness, meaningful dialogue and collaborations that allow us to suspend assumption, approach non judgmentally and create strong foundations of shared vision in order to not forget the human part of our world, as we seek our purpose and deeply feel and understand our "why" in our journey towards change."

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:

Sharon Burton, D.B.A., 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.

Phyllis Sarkaria, M.A., 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.

Heather Staples, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Heather is a strategic‐thinking human resources professional with almost 20 years of extensive experience across diverse industries and is highly skilled at managing and streamlining processes with an authentic and hands-on leadership approach. She also brings a wealth of knowledge in online teaching and administration. Her research interests include positive organizational scholarship, generations in the workforce, and diversity.

Sidney Morse, D.B.A., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Morse is an established academic with scholarly journal publications, presentations, and community involvement that focus on change, leadership, and empowerment. He has been inspiring students academically for over four decades. Dr. Morse began his own consulting firm 26 years ago and is still a managing director providing strategic and leadership development.

Sunil Ramlall, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sunil Ramlall bring several years of teaching management courses, including human resources management. He has Ph.D. and M.Ed. in HRD from the University of Minnesota and an MBA and BA in HRM from the University of St. Thomas. He has been a FT faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to academia, Dr. Ramlall worked in various professional HR roles at Target Corporation, Carlson Companies, Northwest Airlines, and University of Minnesota.

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D. is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is the founding director of the Bob Virgil Center of Entrepreneurship at Harris-Stowe State University and has assisted many people within the St. Louis Community to start and develop their business. Dr. Jackson currently works as a Learning Delivery Specialist and has over 20 years’ experience in Training and Delivery. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management, a MBA in Business Administration, a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and is a certified Life Coach.

Marisa Bryant, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Marisa Bryant retired after serving over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. Her background and specializations range from Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Human Resource Management. As a former online student herself, and a strong advocate for online learning and learners, she understands what it is to be on both sides of the learning equation. along with teaching at Claremont Lincoln University, she teaches at 5 other higher learning institutions: Ashford University, American Military University, Colorado State University-Global Campus, Walden University, and Upper Iowa University.

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D. is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is the founding director of the Bob Virgil Center of Entrepreneurship at Harris-Stowe State University and has assisted many people within the St. Louis Community to start and develop their business. Dr. Jackson currently works as a Learning Delivery Specialist and has over 20 years’ experience in Training and Delivery. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management, a MBA in Business Administration, a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and is a certified Life Coach.

Jennifer Ewing, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Teaching Faculty

Jennifer Ewing has been practicing human resources, health and safety management for over twenty-nine years in both union and non-union environments. She is certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). She holds her MBA from Michigan State University and her BSBA from Central Michigan University. Additionally, she has been an adjunct professor for over sixteen years and enjoys passing along her experience and knowledge to her students.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this list of faculty for the current and upcoming terms. However, teacher departures, changes, and substitutions may be made without notice.

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

Earn your master's degree online in 12 months for only $18,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.

Master's Degrees
M.A. in Sustainability
M.A. in Human Resources
M.A. in
Healthcare Administration
M.A. in
Social Impact
M.A. in Peace and
Social Justice
M.A. in Organizational
Organizational Leadership
Ethics Concentration
Healthcare Concentration
Civic Engagement Concentration
Higher Education Concentration
Human Resources Concentration
Management Concentration
Professional Studies Concentration
Tech Management Concentration