Online Master’s Degree: Human ResourcesOrganizational 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 with instructors, students are prepared to create sustainable and positive change as human resource professionals.
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.
The curriculum for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Human Resources concentration begins with a an understanding 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 Resource courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students in other programs.
Human Resources Courses
The Strategic Role of HR in an Organization
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.
Critical Issues in HR Ethics and Law
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.
Leading Individuals and Teams
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.
Training and Development
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.
Connectivity, Culture, and the Future of Work
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.
The Claremont Core
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).
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.
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.
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.
Capstone Action Project
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.
Claremont Core Curriculum
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.
By the end of student’s coursework at CLU, they will articulate and apply a change management program that they can use to facilitate positive change in any context.
Twice a year at the beginning of the Fall and Spring academic terms, CLU brings together students, faculty, community leaders and friends of the university for an intentional time of networking, socializing, and collaborative learning.
We believe the online format gives working professionals a rich and dynamic collaborative learning environment where they can dialogue with classmates more effectively and engage with the learning on their schedule.
Students that are ideal for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Human Resources concentration include the following career interests:
- HR Generalist
- Training and Development managers
- Those who wish to serve as ethics/legal advisors to top managers
- HR management within an organization or HR outsourcing services, and management consulting services
- Leadership development specialists
Darrell Ezell, Ph.D. — V.P. of Academic Affairs
Joanna Bauer — Dean of Organizational Leadership
Darrell Burrell, DHEd — Faculty Chair
Stan Ward, Ph.D. — Dean of Capstone Studies
Organizational Leadership: Human Resources Articles
Organizational Leadership: Human Resources Articles
Capstones / Case Studies
Capstones / Case Studies