M.S. Training & 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

Elevate Transformational Learning

At UW-Stout, we're shaping leaders who redefine the future of workplace learning, performance, and transformation through hands-on, experiential learning. Our 100% Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Training & Talent Development (TTD) program is designed to elevate professionals across sectors and industries. What sets us apart is our online format, allowing you to blend real-world connections with academic pursuits. With our program, you're not just gaining knowledge; you're implementing new skills and ideas into your career from day one. Join us, where you're more than a student; you're a motivated professional ready to make an immediate impact.

In Partnership with the Association for Talent Development

We proudly collaborate with the Association for Talent Development, setting industry standards and redefining training methodologies. 

Two professionals engage in individual training.


Shaping Leaders in Core Competencies

Our program develops the skills to lead, excel, and drive change in the world of Training & Talent Development. From forming partnerships to improving performance, creating change, and managing knowledge, our program prepares you to shape a successful and impactful career.

Lead the Learning Function. Develop strategic partnerships, manage human capital, and enhance learning through technology.

Improve Human Performance. Analyze needs, propose solutions, design and deliver training, and measure effectiveness.

Create Organizational Change. Facilitate strategic planning, build trust, influence stakeholders, and manage culture change.

Manage Organizational Knowledge. Catalyze knowledge sharing and understand technology's role in organizational learning.

Learn from Experienced Experts

Guided by an alumnus of the program and accomplished faculty with forty years of combined industry experience in training and development, our program bridges academia with industry realities, aligning your education with professional demands

Dr. Kelly Droege

Dr. Kelly Droege

Program Director & Associate Professor 
244 Jarvis Hall-Technology Wing
Call or Text: 715-232-5423
Email: droegek2005@uwstout.edu

Dr. Kelly Droege

Dr. Sara Willett

Assistant Professor
Email: willetts@uwstout.edu


Adult & Student Services Coordinator

Amanda Zastrow

Adult Student Services Coordinator
315 Sorensen Hall
Email: zastrowa@uwstout.edu


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Curriculum & Admission Requirements 

Our curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive blend of modern learning technologies with foundational talent development strategies. Courses range from Organizational Development and Consulting to Interpersonal Effectiveness Training, preparing students for holistic workplace leadership.

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



Career Pathways Through Comprehensive Learning

Our program's diverse curriculum prepares you for opportunities in a multitude of industry sectors and career pathways.

  • Leadership Development Specialist. Shape the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Learning and Development Manager. Drive organizational learning strategies.
  • Organizational Change Manager. Navigate and lead transformational shifts.
  • Talent Development Manager. Unearth and nurture organizational talent.
  • Instructional Designer. Craft impactful learning experiences.
  • Technical Trainer. Bridge the gap between technology and its users.
  • Human Resource Development Coordinator. Foster employee growth and enrichment.
  • Training Supervisor. Oversee and optimize training operations.
  • Manager Internal/External Consultant. Provide valuable insights to drive business strategies.
Professional leads group training.

Stackable Certificates to Enhance Your Degree.


Organizational Development & Consulting Certificate

The Organization Development and Consulting certificate is designed to empower professionals to become proficient management consultants.
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Strategic Leadership in Talent Development Certificate

The Strategic Leadership in Talent Development Certificate is designed to cultivate leadership competencies to lead employees through change.
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An immersive train the trainer experience awaits.

True excellence in training and talent development doesn’t come solely from classroom instruction—it’s cultivated through immersive, real-world experiences. As a part of our Workforce Development Specialist apprenticeship, you'll engage in an "earn-as-you-learn" model, bridging theoretical understanding with actionable insights. Over 144 hours (equivalent to nine college credits) of related coursework, combined with 2000 hours of paid on-the-job training, translates your academic achievements into practical, industry-relevant proficiency. Regular interactions with seasoned professionals in diverse sectors ensure that you're not just learning, but also contributing meaningfully to the development of the entire workforce. This comprehensive apprenticeship is your stepping stone to becoming a recognized expert in the realm of training and talent development. Dive into the dynamic world of hands-on training, gain an edge with a nationally acknowledged credential, and shape the future of the workforce. Elevate your potential, empower your career aspirations, and apply for our MS in Training and Talent Development program today.

Workforce Development Specialist Apprenticeship

Elevate your team's expertise with proven on-the-job training strategies.
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Student Success Stories


Student Success Stories

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"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-Specific Application Requirements

To successfully apply for the program, first complete the UW System Application and receive your Application ID. Then, use this ID to fill out the UW-Stout Graduate Studies Collection Form, where you will provide the following:

  • Resume
  • Professional Statement discussing short and long-term career goals
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*The Collection Form Site requires an Application ID provided upon completion of the UW-System Application
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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