Training and Development - Online and Distance Education

Training and Development

Master's Degrees | Training and Development

Training and Development

Entrance Exam: Not Required

Designed for professionals who work as trainers in business, industry, education, military, government, and non-profit organizations, this program requires 36 credit hours. 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 program is structured around a core body of knowledge in adult education and the principles and theories of human performance improvement. The curriculum builds advanced understandings and skills in program design and the applications of learning theory incorporating principles, research, and practice. Please visit the department website for further information.


Applicants must submit:

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


This master of education degree requires 36 credits. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required graduate courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $16,632 for North Carolina residents and $47,196 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

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.

Seeking a Certificate?

If you are interested in earning a graduate certificate, visit our Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology page.