Training & Performance Improvement MS in Education

Master of Science in Education

Lead the way for organizational productivity

When it comes to helping a business be more productive, organizations need a leader who can help implement and evaluate a wide range of performance improvement solutions. Capella's online master's in education, training, and performance improvement degree can show you what it takes to be a leader in productivity for any organization. This program focuses on deepening your grasp of recognized theory and best practices in training and employee development. Plus, it can help you apply human performance technology to improve productivity and help move your career forward in any organization.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 2 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses 
  • 2 Elective courses
  • Capstone

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Classes Start September 14th

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What you’ll learn

Evaluate what’s working

Learn to analyze systems performance for organizations.

Find the right solution

Select and design interventions to help in employee training and development. 

Initiate improvement plans

Understand how to initiate interventions that will increase productivity. 

Help employees improve

Support training and performance improvement in the workplace.

Assess processes

Evaluate training interventions.

Promote greater productivity

Lead training and performance improvement processes.

MS in Education, Training and Performance Improvement program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professional development plan

To help you focus on achieving your goals and stay on track, you can create a professional development plan in your first course. 

Valuable certification

This specialization offers an opportunity for valuable certification in ROI Methodology™ from the ROI Institute™.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$455 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Master's in Training and Performance Improvement sample courses

Our online master's in education, training, and performance improvement curriculum covers several key areas in this field, such as conducting needs assessments, designing solutions, and measuring improvement.

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Introduction to Training and Performance Systems

This course is an overview of training and human performance improvement (HPI). Learners review the evolution of HPI through the introduction of associated theories, concepts, and processes. Learners experience the power and value of HPI in organizations by reviewing and assessing real-world projects that include business, performance, gap and cause analyses, intervention selection and implementation, and change and evaluation plans.  Prerequisite(s): ED5010 or EDD8010 or HRM5002.  Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Designing Training and Performance Solutions

Learners in this course explore various training and performance gaps and solutions associated with information, resources, incentives, knowledge, and capacity. Learners examine theoretical models used to match performance gaps with potential solutions and identify the factors needed to enhance the success of a performance improvement intervention. Learners then select a performance gap to address using an intervention selection tool. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
The Future of Corporate and Technical Training: Issues and Trends

In this course, learners study theories and methods of performance improvement consultation and explore the influences that shape corporate and technical training, including performance improvement methodologies, emerging technologies, and economic and cultural trends. Learners then use these theories, methods, and influences to create a strategic plan for an organization. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Evaluating Training and Performance Improvement Systems

Learners explore reasons that evaluation is essential: so that courses or performance solutions can be improved and so that it can be clearly shown how a particular training intervention can improve both personal and organizational performance. This course provides learners with an understanding of measurement and evaluation theory, principles, and procedures. Topics include quantitative and qualitative measures, performance objectives, Kirkpatrick’s five levels, and reporting strategies. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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Training and Performance Improvement professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online master's in education, training, and performance improvement degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Training manager
  • Development manager
  • Learning manager
  • Training and development coordinator
  • Training director
  • Manager of staff training and development
  • Director of staff development
  • Consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • For-profit or nonprofit corporation
  • Insurance carrier
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Land-based or online college or university

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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