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Master's Degrees | Training and Development

Training and Development

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Education

The online Master of Training and Development degree program is designed for professionals who work as trainers, instructional designers, and program managers in business, industry, education, military, government and non-profit organizations. This program requires 36 credit hours, and no thesis is required.

The Training and Development program at NC State is committed to improving human performance in organizations through graduate study. Tailored to the working adult, the M.Ed. in Training and Development is the only graduate program of its type in North Carolina.

The field of adult education is growing. The online Master of Training and Development degree program provides the opportunity to explore the following:

  • Mastery of cutting-edge adult education tools and best practices so you are equipped for instructional design and curriculum development
  • Human resource development knowledge and practice skills
  • Program design, development and management skills
  • Advanced understandings and skills in applications of learning theory incorporating principles, research and practice
  • Skills and knowledge required to succeed in human resources and adult education careers

Graduates of this program are well prepared for a wide range of training and development jobs.


Applicants must submit:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Plan of Study

Courses are offered in Fall and Spring semesters, with all required courses offered once per year (EAC 692 is offered in both Fall and Spring). Twelve courses including a capstone course/project are required to earn the degree; students proceed at their own pace. Full-time graduate students enroll in three courses (9 credit hours) per semester; part-time graduate students typically enroll in one or two courses (3 or 6 credit hours) per semester.

Career Prospects

The Master of Education in Training and Development is designed for entering or experienced training professionals who work in internal or external training positions in business, industry, education, military, government and non-profit institutions. Individuals completing this master’s program will have sufficient professional knowledge and skill for entry or advancement in instructional design and instructional, administrative or evaluation positions that involve performance-based training.

Students in the online Master of Education in Training and Development degree program often maintain their current job while pursuing this degree and, as employees, apply the knowledge they gain to their current position, thus enhancing their value as employees as they earn the credentials required for career advancement.

Seeking a Certificate?

If you are interested in earning a graduate certificate, visit our Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology page. Visit the department website for further information.