Master's Degree

A page that outlines the area of study for the Master's degree in the Workforce Education and Development program in the College of Education


Penn State's Workforce Education and Development program offers certificate programs as well as graduate degree programs leading to master's of education (MEd) and master's of science (MS) degrees.

Students interested in these programs leading to the master's degree in Workforce Education and Develop0ment should be employed, or wish to be employed, as faculty members, trainers, administrators, or researchers in settings emphasizing education for work in private sector firms, schools, occupational home economics, cooperative education, youth apprenticeship, or employment and training.

Master's of Education (MEd) - University Park

The M.Ed. candidates must complete six credits taken outside of the Workforce Education and Development program and three credits of WF ED elective. A candidate for the M.Ed. must complete three credits of WF ED 59, Individual Studies. and a comprehensive exam.

Master's of Science (MS) - University Park

The culminating experience for the Master of Science (MS) degree is a thesis, essay, or paper acceptable to the student's adviser and graduate program director. An MS candidate must complete the three–credit course WF ED 550, Research in Workforce Education. Candidates who choose to complete a formal thesis that will be submitted to the Graduate School must complete six credits of WF ED 600, Thesis Research. Those choosing to complete a paper or an essay must enroll in a minimum of three credits of WF ED 596, Individual Studies. Students must be enrolled during all semesters in which they are working on the manuscript.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) - World Campus

The Masters of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Organization Development and Change is an online degree aimed toward professionals in fields such as talent management, corporate development and performance improvement in government, nonprofit organizations and industry.  The program is designed with an international focus, ensuring that students are exposed to global issues and the way change is occurring around the world and will emphasize the importance of technology when it comes to facilitating change.

Admission Deadline

Degree Requirements

Academic emphases and requirements for master's degree programs in Workforce Education and Development can be found in the Workforce Education and Development Handbook.  

If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit this website.

If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application.