M.S. Training and Talent Development

Help business and organizations maximize their performance and the potential of their people.
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

    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

    "The UW-Stout TRTD M.S. Program curriculum, group projects and experiential learning enabled me to better assess learner needs and design, develop and deliver meaningful training experiences for employees and customers. The TRTD program helped me be a more effective contributor to constructive growth of employee knowledge that improves the organization."  

    Oscar Brandser
    Class of 2014

    "The M.S. Training and Talent Development program was rare with its class offering. It was perfectly structured with just the right mix of teachings to introduce me to adult education principles, organizational development concepts, and the world of building and leading employee development initiatives. More importantly, the program allowed me to learn these topics and then apply them to real world situations through different projects that were set up with local organizations. This program has given me the foundational blocks of my career and has impressed many employers as it is not a degree typically seen in the industry.”

    Dale Kiesow
    Class of 2012

    "Stout's M.S. Training and Talent Development—the right program at the right time. I returned to Stout in my 40s with a goal to advance my career. I had worked many years in manufacturing and attained supervisory level but wanted more challenge, responsibility, and earning potential. I was a little nervous about going back to school. It was a big commitment to complete a MS Degree, however I found the support and guidance from teachers and staff to be very helpful and reassuring.

    The value of an advanced degree is in generating solutions. Stout is dedicated to providing no-nonsense learning to solve real-world problems in the workplace. After graduating and advancing to a senior manager role I was able to apply that learning—achieving results that speak for themselves, with respect and appreciation from boss and coworkers.

    Earning an MS degree was a proud achievement with life-changing outcomes. The program was a challenge that requires dedication and perseverance. Through it I gained a new level of confidence that impacted not just my career, but every aspect of my life including quality of relationships, standard of living, and personal satisfaction and fulfillment. The M.S. Training and Talent Development degree from Stout was the right program at the right time. It wasn’t easy but attaining it changed me in a profoundly positive way."

    Hagen Gunderson
    Class of 2012

    "Engage – Influence – Transform! Completing the program has broadened my workforce development abilities. I’m engaging business leaders, partnering with individual contributors, and contributing positive leadership in organizational development programs. This program has sharpened my focus on the systems of learning and given me the skills needed today to add business value, deliver client satisfaction, and elevate learner achievement."

    David Draper
    Instructional Designer
    We Energies, Milwaukee, Wis.

    "As my career has progressed, I find that the competencies learned in the master’s program at UW-Stout have provided me with a foundation of expertise that is rarely matched in the training, human resources and talent development field. These knowledge and skills are critical in order to design, develop and deliver learning and performance interventions that impact the business. I still find myself using references from the program that I discovered over 10 years ago."

    Don Stuckert, CPLP
    Manager, Manufacturing Learning and Performance
    Thomson Reuters
    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 and 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

    Oscar Brandser Key Account Manager Excel Energy
    David  Ding Interim Associate Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
    Michelle Dingwall Senior Gift Officer; Graduate  Student in THRD program   Stout University Foundation
    Kelly,  Dr.  Droege Assist. Professor; Program Director  UW-Stout
    John, Dr.  Dzissah Department Chair, Operations and Management UW-Stout
    Brenda Everson VP of HR and Organizational Effectiveness - Biology; Graduate 2019 Midco
    Hagen Gunderson Talent Manager; 2012 Stout Graduate  Pactiv
    Kathryn, Dr.  Hamilton Psychology Professor UW-Stout
    Joseph Kessel MS TRHRD Graduate Student UW-Stout
    Dale Kiesow Senior Training & Engagement Specialist; 2012 Graduate  HCL (Health Care for Hospitals)
    Sarah  Kocken Stout Online UW-Stout
    Daniel Menden Independent Training Consultant  
    Gindy, Dr.  Neidermyer Interim Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
    Carole Jean  Baier Program Associate UW -Stout
    Alicia, Dr. Stachowski Psychology Professor UW-Stout
    Emmy Vanden Langenberg Training Manager; 2012-2013 THRD Graduate  International Paper
    Dr. Sara Lynne Willett Corporate HR Director; Instructional Academic Staff - UW- Stout NSM
    Debbie Cottell Vice President of Operations/Cura Hospitality VP of Operations/Cura Hospitality
    Julia Tronnier Talent & Training  Manager; 2009 Stout Graduate  Excel Energy 

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