Training and Human Resource Development

The Master of Science in Training and Human Resource Development program is designed to prepare professionals who seek to research, implement, and manage the learning and development programs and services within a variety of organizational contexts. This degree builds upon the student’s interest and experience in developing the employee and the organization through training and learning opportunities.  

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Courses in this program use theoretical and practical combinations of activities related to training and human resources development. Group and team projects allow students to explore creative solutions and critical thinking. Students are offered many opportunities to develop corporate level presentation and writing skills.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Lead the Learning Function  Serve as a strategic partner with senior leadership, develop and manage human capital, manage and implement learning projects, and evaluate technology to enhance the learning function
  • Improve Human Performance in an Organizational Context  Draw on business acumen, analyze needs, propose solutions, design learning, deliver training, and measure or evaluate effectiveness
  • Facilitate Organizational Change  Facilitate strategic planning for change, build trust, influence stakeholders, leverage diversity, and develop strategies and approaches to managing culture change
  • Manage Organizational Knowledge  Serve as a catalyst for knowledge sharing, understand business technology and how it enables and encourages organizational learning

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Potential Careers

  • Leadership Development Specialist
  • Learning and Development Manager
  • Organizational Change Manager
  • Talent Development Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Technical Trainer
  • Human Resource Development Coordinator
  • Training Supervisor or Manager
  • Internal/External Consultant


 Association for Talent Development

UW-Stout is partnering with state organizations to meet the educational and professional goals for those in the training and human resource development fields, including:

Program Name Change

Note to all M.S. Training
and Development Students

This program has recently undergone a significant program revision reflected in the new name. Students who enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2012 can find their associated program plans and documents by contacting the program director.