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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Training and Human Resource Development, M.S.

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Master of Science Degree 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.

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


To be admitted with full status to the program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 with appropriate work and/or military experience which aligns with the training and human resource development profession.

Applicants may be admitted on probationary status if their overall grade point average is less than 3.0 and have met other requirements. Prerequisite courses may be prescribed upon evaluation of undergraduate transcripts if the applicant does not have a strong background in training and human resource development.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. A completed bachelor’s degree in a technical or business field or a field related to training and development.
  2. Able to meet all requirements of the UW-Stout Graduate School.

A deficiency in these admission requirements may require completion of additional undergraduate courses, and/or an increase in the number of graduate credits required to earn the degree.

Primary Evaluation Processes

Processes used to evaluate program and academic progress include course grades, research evaluation, certification of program completion, and the following specific processes: applicant’s goals; related work experience; program plan; student advisement; degree candidacy; and intent to graduate.


Requirements for the degree include: (a) completion of at least 30 semester hours of approved graduate credits with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better; a minimum of 15 credits must be in 700-level courses open only to graduate students; (b) approval for degree candidacy at the appropriate time; and (c) a course distribution as follows:

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 30 credits  
Research Preparation 6 credits  
Professional Core Courses 24 credits  
Professional Selectives 5 credits  

Professional Selectives (5 credits - optional)

Degree Program Supervision

Before completing 9 credits, students will prepare a program plan in keeping with degree requirements and the student’s special needs. At that time, the program director will suggest courses that will help the student meet employment goals.

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