Human Performance Technology

Meeting organizational goals is the challenge... When it comes to performance, putting all the pieces in place is critical. Human performance consultants analyze and recommend a wide range of solutions to performance problems in business and industry, the military, and education. If you seek the challenge of working with other professionals to improve organizational performance, the University of West Florida can help you meet your career goals.

Program Description

Organizations recognize that a key to their success is their ability to set a mission and implement it in the most cost-effective means available. If a unit or individual within the organization is not operating at the level required to complete the mission, strategies for meeting the performance need must be identified. Performance consultants are increasingly called upon to analyze and recommend solutions to human performance problems. They recommend a wide range of solutions, including training, changing employee incentive systems, redesigning the work environment, or implementing new technology.

Human Performance Technology (HPT) is implemented in many types of organizations, including commercial enterprises, governmental agencies, and the military. The trend towards HPT has occurred as organizations increasingly value development of human capital as a strategic necessity.

UWF has developed the HPT program in response to a broad-based need for trained HPT professionals who can partner with line managers seeking to achieve optimal employee performance required to meet organizational goals. The program aligns to performance standards and competencies developed by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

As organizations transition to a focus on human performance improvement, professionals seek development opportunities that provide them with skills to keep them marketable. This program is specifically designed for professionals currently working in positions related to instructional design, instructional technology, human resource development and management, and related fields, who are being called upon to extend traditional instructional technology solutions to facilitate performance-based organizational systems. Managers of these functions also must be prepared to provide leadership in the move to HPT. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are quickly moving to a series of professional classifications that focus on human performance; other organizations are expected to follow their lead in promoting issues related to HPT.

For information on HPT at UWF, contact Dr. Karen Rasmussen at

Career Opportunities in Human Performance Technology

Human Performance Technology (HPT) programs (master's degree and certificate) at UWF help individuals develop proficiencies in resolving performance problems in military, business and industry, and educational systems. Graduates of the program work in these settings, often serving as performance consultants in human resource or training departments with a human performance improvement focus.

Following are some of the careers available to HPT graduates:

  • Production management
  • Performance improvement consulting
  • Business, industry and government training
  • Training needs analysis/assessment
  • Human resources
  • Human performance management

HPT Degree Programs

The Human Performance Technology master's programs at UWF help individuals develop proficiencies in resolving performance problems in military, business and industry, and educational systems.

Graduates of the program work in a variety of settings, partnering with management to achieve optimal employee performance. They often serve as performance consultants in human resource or training departments with a human performance improvement focus.

UWF offers two master's degree programs in HPT:

  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Education & Training Management Subspecialty—ETMS-HPT
  • M.S. in Administration—MSA-HPT

Education & Training Management Subspecialty—ETMS-HPTBest Buy Online Degree logo

Voted as the fourth best buy in online degree programs in the nation, based on quality and cost, UWF's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, ETMS-HPT Specialization is a 36-hour online master's program that integrates an education and training perspective with HPT theories and perspectives. The program can be completed over six semesters by taking two courses per term. The entire program can be completed from a distance. There are no on-campus requirements.

The ETMS-HPT program is made up of a combination of courses and electives that cover the following topics:

  • Performance analysis
    • Performance system analysis
    • Environmental analysis
    • Organizational analysis
  • Design and development of interventions
    • Instructional design
    • Instructional support
    • Electronic performance support 
    • systems (EPSS)
    • Human motivation
    • Management and finance
    • Human factors
    • Organization development and communication
    • Change management
    • New technologies
  • Evaluation and measurement of interventions
    • Survey development and administration, formative and summative evaluation of products and programs, data collection, analysis, and management for decision making
  • Additional skill development
    • Consulting, project management, systems thinking

The following courses comprise the typical ETMS-HPT master's degree*:

  • Semester 1
    • Human Performance Improvement
    • Principles of Instructional Design
  • Semester 2
    • Tools for HPT Evaluation
    • Evaluating MSA Programs
    • Educational Statistics
  • Semester 3
    • HPT Interventions
    • Educational Research
  • Semester 4
    • Implementing HPT Interventions
    • Psychological Foundations
  • Semester 5
    • Contract Administration: Managing Large Scale Systems
    • Evaluating HPT Interventions
  • Semester 6
    • Sociological Foundations
    • HPT Seminars

*This is a suggested sequence. Contact an advisor for specific course sequencing. 

Download the Human Performance Technology Academic Learning Plan: ‌ (PDF)

Download the Human Performance Technology Curriculum Map: Education-Training-Management-Subspecialty-CMGR (PDF)

Master of Science in Administration—MSA-HPTBest Buy degree - MSA 

Voted as the second best buy in online degree programs in the nation, based on quality and cost, UWF's MSA-HPT program also focuses on performance technology issues, but with a business perspective. This 33-hour online program combines HPT with a business core that facilitates and promotes the synergy between business theories and performance theories and techniques.

The following courses comprise the typical MSA-HPT master's degree*:

  • Semester 1
    • Human Performance Improvement
    • MBA Foundations: Management Skills and Applications
    • MBA Foundations: Managerial Economics
  • Semester 2
    • HPT Interventions
    • Evaluating MSA Programs
    • MBA Foundations: Financial Management I
  • Semester 3
    • Implementing HPT Interventions
    • Tools for HPT Evaluation
    • MBA Foundations: Marketing Management
  • Semester 4
    • Evaluating HPT Interventions
    • ID For HPT
    • MBA Foundations: E-Business Systems
  • Semester 5
    • Management and Organizational Behavior
    • Performance Analysis in HPT Environments
  • Semester 6
    • Internship/Field Experience
    • HPT Seminars

*This is a suggested sequence. Contact an advisor for specific course sequencing.

Download the MSA-Human Performance Technology Academic Learning Plan: MSA-Human-Performance-Technology-ALP‌ (PDF)

Download the MSA-Human Performance Technology Curriculum Map: MSA-Human-Performance-Technology-CMGR (PDF)


Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a bachelor's degree (any discipline).
  • Complete the graduate application.
  • Submit a letter of intent, including the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of three professional references.
  • Submit 2 official copies of all college transcripts.
  • Submit current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

In addition, these minimum academic requirements must be met:

  • GRE score of 1000 or
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on last 60 hours of bachelor's degree

How Do I Begin?

  • Step 1: Preparation
  • Step 2: Application
    • Complete the online application.
    • Identify the program you are applying to as either MSA-HPT or Educational Leadership, ETMS-HPT.
    • Pay the application fee online or by mail.
  • Step 3: Letter of Intent and Professional References
    • Write a letter of intent to the department, including names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references.
    • Submit the letter via e-mail to OR submit the letter by mail to Mrs. Jane Faircloth, Office Administrator, Department of Applied Science, Technology and Administration, Building 70, University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514
  • Step 4: Graduate Record Exam
    • Apply to take the GRE and have official scores sent to UWF OR have official scores from a previously taken GRE forwarded to UWF by the testing agency.
  • Step 5: Transcripts
    • Arrange to have two official copies of all college transcripts sent directly to the UWF Office of Admissions
    • Transcripts for work completed at UWF will be obtained by the Office of Admissions.
  • Step 6: Advising and Registration
    • Upon admission, you will receive official notification from the University and the Department of Applied Science, Technology and Administration.
    • The department notification will include contact information for your assigned advisor.
    • Contact your advisor, develop your degree plan, and register for courses!