M.S. Training and Talent Development

Lead workplace learning, performance, and change at the individual, group, and organizational levels.
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online


The Master of Science in Training and Talent Development (TTD) prepares professionals to successfully lead workplace learning, performance, and change at the individual, group, and organizational levels regardless of sector or industry. The custom instruction (CI) courses in the TTD program are delivered asynchronously online, allowing for greater flexibility to meet working adults' personal and professional lifestyles. The TTD program also has an engaged Program Advisory Committee that provides valuable insight and guidance to influence the future direction of the curriculum and, ultimately, the talent development capabilities of the students who graduate from the program.

UW-Stout's polytechnic approach creates a unique combination of competencies in our graduates, including the ability to:

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

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



The demand for training and human development managers and specialists is growing nationwide and in Wisconsin. Our program's diverse curriculum qualifies you for a great starting salary in a variety of positions, including:

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

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Master of Science degree in Training and Human Development.

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Student Testimonials

"Completing UW -Stout’s Training and Talent Development Master of Science graduate program has yielded deep impact on my career growth. Each professor possesses subject matter expertise and industry experience to inform relevant and modern practices, systems, theories and concepts. These learnings are easily and practically applied to designing organizational effectiveness and development strategies.  The results of executing these strategies include: aligned talent and business growth plans; effective resource allocation; integrated talent architecture for acquisition training; engagement; learning & development; career progression; operational excellence; financial achievement; and the attainment of core human capital metrics.  Stout’s program is excellent - I recommend for those looking to expand their academic, business and people acumen, along with industries wanting to recruit well-prepared HR practitioners."

Brenda Everson
Class of 2020

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted with full status to the M.S. Training & Talent Development program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Program Application

To successfully apply to the program please submit the following:

  • Current Resume
  • Professional statement that includes short and long term career goals

Please submit all materials by email to Beth Kucko, Graduate School Admissions Examiner at kuckob@uwstout.edu.

Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

PollyBerendesM.S. TRHRD Graduate Student/Operations Performance Improvement Consultan, ITDS Gunerson Health System/Bellin Health 
DebbieCottellVice President of Operations/Cura HospitalityVP of Operations/Cura Hospitality
David DingInterim Associate Dean, CSTEMMUW-Stout
MichelleDingwallDirector of Development Morrison Family College of Health/University AdvancementStout University Foundation
Kelly,  Dr. DroegeAssist. Professor; Program Director UW-Stout
John, Dr. DzissahDepartment Chair, Operations and ManagementUW-Stout
BrendaEversonVP of HR and Organizational Effectiveness - Biology; Graduate 2019Midco
Daniel FreedmanDean- STEMMUW-Stout
HagenGundersonTalent Manager for the Food Merchandising Business Unit;  2012 Stout Graduate Pactiv
Kathryn, Dr. HamiltonProfessor/Chair, Psychology UW-Stout
JosephKesselTraining Specialist/Olympus Surgical Technologies AmericaUW-Stout
DaleKiesowSenior Training & Engagement Specialist; 2012 Graduate HCL (Health Care for Hospitals)
Sarah KockenFinancial Aid UW-Stout
LisaKonkleTalent & Development ManagerPalermo's Pizza
Lara LangeAdult Learner Support Specialist UW-Stout
Alicia, Dr.StachowskiPsychology ProfessorUW-Stout
Norma StarkAdministrative Assistant IIUW-Stout
JuliaTronnierSenior Instructor /Xcel Energy ; 2009 Stout Graduate Excel Energy 
EmmyVanden LangenbergMill Learning leader; 2012-2013 THRD Graduate International Paper
MartyWeningerTeach, Learn and Tech Specialist UW-Stout
Dr. Sara LynneWillettAssistant Professor , TDD - UW- StoutNSM

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