Human Dimensions of Organizations

Professional Training

Professional training programs for groups and individuals led by UT Austin’s top faculty. Training options include one-day seminars, four-day certificate programs, and custom training programs.

Master's Program

A 15-month program designed for working professionals. Courses are led by UT Austin’s top faculty and cover topics such as leadership, communication, ethics, change management, and decision-making.

"Everything I learned at HDO I leverage every single day."

Michelle Jack, Master’s Class of 2018, discusses how her HDO education equipped her with tools essential for the next phase in her professional journey.

Get Employer Support


Guidance on making an effective case for your employer to support your participation in HDO’s Master’s Program or Professional Training courses.

Organization Engagement

There are many exciting opportunities for organizations to engage with HDO. We have partnered with major multinational corporations and local nonprofits alike, and we would love the chance to work with you!

About HDO

Drawing upon an innovative combination of liberal arts, behavioral sciences, and social sciences, HDO was designed to meet a need not addressed by existing education options: providing a deep understanding of people, the key components of any organization.

Bachelor's Program

HDO teaches students to use the disciplines of the liberal arts—the humanities, and the social and behavioral sciences—to understand workplace interactions and how organizations can best serve their employees, customers, and clients.

One-Day Courses

HDO courses combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems.

Businesses and nonprofits often bring outside specialists on board to improve their organization’s overall efficiency, creativity, and productivity. Participants in our courses learn to function as “internal consultants,” equipped with new skills and insights to enhance their existing expertise and institutional knowledge.

By exploring specific human, cultural, and communicatory aspects of organizations alongside professionals from a diverse range of industries, participants leave HDO seminars more effective, well-rounded employees.

Four-Day Certificate Programs

Built on strong academic fundamentals and real-world relevance, HDO Certificate Programs are designed to enhance the portfolios of mid-and upper-level professionals.

Over the course of four days, you will gain immediately applicable tools and skills to accelerate your career, whether your goal is advancing in your current organization, deepening your capacities to excel in your existing role, or developing additional skills for a transition to a new position.

During your four-day experience, you will learn alongside and network with experienced professionals from a diverse range of industries. If you cannot commit to four consecutive days, you can also create your own program over the course of a semester.

If you are interested in obtaining employer support for your HDO Professional Training experience, please visit our Employer Support Resources page.

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