Master of Professional Studies: Training & Development

Master of Professional Studies: Training & Development Concentration
Accredited Online Master's Degree Program

About Training & Development

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers are expected to devote greater resources to job-specific training programs in response to the increasing complexity of jobs and technological advances that can leave employees with obsolete skills.CIS MPS_web_training

  • The Training and Development concentration equips leaders for the growing and evolving field of workplace learning and performance. 
  • You will build both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in adult learning and cognition, organizational needs analysis, project planning, instructional design, development, and delivery/evaluation in traditional and virtual environments.
  • The goal of the program is to prepare you for employment opportunities where the effective transfer of learning is critical to an organization's success in achieving its overall goals and objectives.
  • You will be ready to manage, deliver and assess on-site performance-based training, instructional design, and address the needs of human resource managers and other professionals who are increasingly relying on technology to deliver workforce education.

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Master of Professional Studies | Training & Development Concentration
Course Requirements & Descriptions

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Training & Development Concentration | 33 Hours

NOTE: Students with full-time employment are limited to two (2) online courses per semester.

Core Requirements (9 hours; all required)

  • PRST 5100/6100/7100 / Professional Environment Issues and Ethics (3)
    • Overview of ethics in general, with practical tools for assessing ethical dimensions of professional life, diagnosing or identifying the moral issues at hand, and then developing reasonable options to address particular moral and ethical issues. 

  • PRST 5200/6200/7200 / Globalization and the Professions (3)
    • The purpose of this course is to assess the impact of globalization on professional life. The course examines globalization as it relates to commerce, information flow, mass media, government, health care and education.

  • PRST 5300/6300/7300 / Research Methods (3)
    • The student and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. The course will provide a general introduction to research methods, as well as providing practical exposure to Problem Statements, Literature Reviews, Writing the Research Proposal, and Organization of the Research Report. Quantitative and Qualitative Research methodologies will be covered. 

Training & Development Concentration Requirements (15 hours; 5 courses required)

Select Computer-Based Decision Modeling OR Statistical Analysis:

  • PRST 5770/6770/7770 / Computer-Based Decision Modeling (3)
    • Topics covered within the course include basic business spreadsheet modeling, decision support using spreadsheet models, and optimization of business decisions using spreadsheet models. Models will be multidisciplinary in nature, stemming from areas such as operations, finance, and management. The contextual interpretation of results and their use in decisions will be emphasized.
  • PRST 5600/6600/7600 / Statistical Analysis (3)
  • PRST 5410/6410/7410 / Evaluation of Learning (3)
  • PRST 5420/6420/7420 / Organizational Needs Analysis (3)
  • PRST 5400/6400/7400 / Instructional Design for Training and Development (3)
  • PRST 5470/6470/7470 / Facilitation of Learning (3)

Specialization Options (6 hours; choose from 2 courses below)

  • PRST 5430/6430/7430 / Instructional Design for Electronic Training
    • This course will provide an overview of instructional design principles and best practices for implementing online training and professional development. The course will focus on using technology to facilitate development and delivery of training and professional development activities in a synchronous and asynchronous environment. It is designed for training and development specialist involved in support of the organizational mission.
  • PRST 5105/6105/7105 / Project Planning and Scheduling
  • PRST 5040/6040/7040 / Human Resources Management
  • PRST 5440/6440/7440 / Engaging the Adult Online Learner
  • PRST 5450/6450/7450 / Computer-Based Technologies for E-Training (PRST 5400/6400/7400 is a pre-requisite)
  • PRST 5910/6910/7910 / Employer and Human Resources Law
  • PRST 5920/6920/7920 / Diversity in the Workplace

Professional Project (3)

  • PRST 5998/6998/7998 / Professional Project
    • Taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning the project when they enter the program. Please consult with your advisor about appropriate topics and submit your proposal for approval prior to entering the final project course.
       
    • The Professional Project is the last requirement for the MPS Degree, serving as the integrative culmination of the program of study. It should be a substantial piece of independent research or a significant professional project that is logically consistent with the theme and content of the program of study. Student’s work should demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of a body of professional literature related to a specific topic. The Project should grow out of the program of study and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the knowledge gained from this program of study.