Talent Development (M.S.)

Work in the Talent Development Field

Our ACBSP-accredited Master of Science in Talent Development is a 10-course, 30 credit hour, affordable, online program. It is designed for practitioners who are currently or would like to work in the fields of talent development, training, learning and development, human resources, employee relations, adult learning, instructional design, higher education administration, community education, corporate training, consulting, instructional design, and more. Students will find both personal and professional growth in the study of talent development. 

In this program, students have the opportunity to complete assignments they can apply to their organization, institution, or place of employment. They will gain hands-on experience with effective ways of building organizational capability practices including the design, delivery, management, assessment of talent development initiatives uniquely suited to adults. Our graduates are working for companies in healthcare, non-profits, education, corporations, public entities, the military, and more. 

You can transfer up to six credit hours if you’ve started your studies at another school. We also accept prior learning credit for individuals who have received the CPLP Certification through the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD. You also have the option to start with lower cost graduate certificates (from $399/credit hour) that can lead to a USF degree later, or pursue a bridge program or dual degree opportunity to double the impact of your learning.

Delivery Format


Program Cost

$799/credit hour

Program Length

12-18 Months

Program Overview

Classes run in eight-week cycles, meaning you can enroll at six different times during the year. A key component of this degree is coursework focused on real world experience, led by faculty with impressive academic credentials who are experts in the field. Students will immediately engage in work that applies to their workplace or a specific industry certificate or credential. USF’s classes feature adult-learning activities such as case study exercises, directed discussions, and presentations.


Competitive Curriculum

The M.S. in Talent Development at the Univeristy of St. Francis has been aligned with the ATD Talent Development Capability Model™. The program includes a competitive curriculum in the areas of talent development, learning and development, and human resource management.

Bridge Program: Talent Development (M.S.) to MBA
Graduate Certificate: Learning & Development Manager


Increase knowledge of organizational capability practices including the design, delivery, management, assessment of talent development initiatives uniquely suited to adults.

You’ll be able to formulate and communicate a decision based upon quantitative, qualitative and strategic considerations.

Consult with various talent development stakeholders while building personal capability in the area of lifelong learning.


usf business acbspThe University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (ibhe.org). This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (acbsp.org).


Our programs are top-ranked! U.S. News & World Report has placed the University of St. Francis on several of its annual listings, year after year, including its “Best National Universities,” “Best Value Schools” and “Best Online Programs” lists.

USF's Centennial Gateway

“The workplace is changing and so are we. This program is designed specifically to fit the needs of the current work environment and to help professionals in the field, or those looking to transition into the field, to approach talent development with a lens toward building talent capabilities. Courses are grounded in research-based practices while providing students the opportunity to put theory into practice.”

Dr. Bonnie J. Covelli, Associate Professor

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