Information About HDO & Our Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Professional Training Programs
The University of Texas at Austin is proud to offer a first-of-its-kind in the nation program: the Human Dimensions of Organizations. HDO focuses on understanding the people who drive today's global marketplace and offers three types of innovative education opportunities:
HDO's 15-Month Executive Master's Degree is designed for leaders in the business, nonprofit, government, and military sectors searching for a more comprehensive understanding of how human behavior and experience affects organizational success. Students graduate from the Master's program equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to make their organizations more effective, creative, and efficient.
Our Professional Training programs allow individuals, teams, and organizations the opportunity to train with UT Austin’s top faculty members in a professional-friendly format. These programs provide practical and immediately applicable tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic organizational leadership. Training options include One-Day Seminars, Certificate Programs, and Custom Programs.
In addition to our offerings for working professionals, HDO launched a Bachelor's Degree program in fall 2016. The undergraduate program teaches students to explore, learn, and articulate the ways the liberal arts and social and behavioral sciences can address practical problems facing organizations.
Senior Administrative Associate
Academic Program Coordinator
Welcome to the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) at The University of Texas at Austin.
This program brings together some of UT Austin’s finest researchers in the Humanities and the Social and Behavioral Sciences with an interest in educating the rising generation of leaders in the business and nonprofit communities.
The difficulties of the modern workplace almost always involve issues relating to people either within or outside of their organization. Successful leaders are the ones whose understanding of people allows them to find new and creative ways to support innovation, create devoted communities, communicate effectively, and grasp the complexities of the global marketplace.
The core value of our program is openness. We believe that the best way to address the problems and issues facing organizations is to recognize that the problems that need to be solved are often not new. Chances are, somebody in history has already solved the problem you are grappling with now. The disciplines of the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences are a vast repository of solutions to society’s most pressing problems. This program is your guide through these disciplines.
HDO supports a number of educational initiatives. Our Professional Training options allow groups and individuals to learn from UT Austin’s top faculty in a concise format. These programs focus on the practical value of the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences for solving real-world problems.
The crown jewel of the HDO program is a Master’s Degree designed for working professionals that launched in August 2013. HDO’s practice-oriented curriculum draws on disciplines in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences. This multidisciplinary approach develops students into well-rounded “internal consultants,” ready to tackle a wide range of organizational challenges. I encourage you to explore this website to find out more about the structure of this program.
Our newest offering is a Bachelor’s Degree program that launched in August 2016. The undergraduate program teaches students to explore, learn, and articulate the ways the liberal arts and social and behavioral sciences can address practical problems facing organizations.
If you have any questions about this exciting program, please contact us.
Arthur B. Markman
Founding Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations
Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing
Director of Research, IC2 Institute
External Advisory Board
HDO actively seeks contributions and advice from our External Advisory Board (EAB), which is comprised of representatives from the business, nonprofit, and entrepreneurial communities in Texas and throughout the country. EAB members help HDO faculty and staff enhance our mission, strengthen student recruitment and mentorship, and generate a distinct and excellent curriculum.
The EAB keeps faculty apprised of industry trends; likewise, the faculty updates the EAB on academic trends that may improve organizational performance. HDO appreciates the invaluable assistance of our External Advisors:
Vice-Chairman, Stevens Transport
President & CEO, ATP Foundation, Inc.
Owner and Consultant, Sales & Marketing Solutions, LLC
President, NeuroBalancing Center
Johnny S. Butler
Director, IC2 Institute
Professor, UT Austin
Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIOs, Forrester Research
Vice President, Strategic Distribution, ING
Joanne Hu Corum
Senior Director, Applied Materials
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Author, Wisdom of Generations and The Language of Conscience
Group Vice President, The Research Board
Betty Sue Flowers
Professional Consultant, Editor
Professor Emeritus, UT Austin
Vice President of Human Resources, Emerson Process Management
CEO, FG Squared
U.S. Foreign Service (ret.)
Founder, Bootstrap Austin
Michael W. King
President and CEO, Volunteers of America
Owner, Dave Lopez Enterprises
Organization Effectiveness and Change Management Consultant, O’Dell Consulting
Board of Directors, Sedera Health, Neurochaos Solutions, Inc., OpDots
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Bluefin Labs
Associate Professor, MIT
CEO, HBMG Inc.
Founder and CEO, Zero2
Vice President of Human Resources, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Procter & Gamble
HDO’s campus partners offer students resources unavailable anywhere else. Students in our Master's Degree program may work with these organizations independently, through coursework, or both.
The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) is one of the oldest technology incubators in the United States. ATI helps early-stage technology companies get their first round of funding. Students in the HDO program can use ATI as a resource to understand the complex social ecosystem that supports the development of new companies. ATI can also provide access to organizations that students may use for their capstone projects.
ATI is hosted by the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas. The mission of IC2 is to support research in academic areas related to business and to bring that knowledge directly to practitioners. IC2 also hosts conferences on topics like social networks, innovation, and technology transfer. Students in the HDO program will benefit from the research connections of many IC2 faculty who teach in the program.
The Harry Ransom Center (HRC) is one of the world’s most extensive and prestigious archives (read more about HRC Director Tom Staley here). From the complications of creating an organizational archive to the bureaucratic confusion represented in Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate papers, the staff and collections of the HRC offer an invaluable resource for students hoping to understand the connections between the past and the future and the challenges of understanding, organizing, and implementing real-world change.
UT Global Initiative is part of a consortium of programs taking The University’s educational opportunities global. The UT Global Initiative prepares leaders to think creatively, communicate effectively and inspire others to achieve excellence by bringing some of the world’s leading educators directly to you.
In addition to the campus organizations mentioned above, HDO Master's Degree students have access to world-class facilities and resources for no additional fees, including:
HDO Master's students and Professional Training participants have the benefit of learning in the beautiful, dynamic, and growing city of Austin, Texas. Over the past few decades, Austin has transformed into a major business and cultural hub, welcoming professionals from a range of creative, technology, and entrepreneurial sectors.
Along with this growth, Austin maintains its friendly charm, abundant outdoor resources, world-class music, and eclectic restaurants and food trucks. As an HDO Master's student or Professional Training participant, you’ll learn from top faculty and network with top business and nonprofit leaders, but you should also make time to take in the city's various attractions and offerings, including: