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. In the process, you will learn alongside and network with experienced professionals from a diverse range of industries.

You may earn your certificate in one week by choosing a theme-based program that aligns with your specific professional development goals. Our current program categories are Organizational Improvement, Personal Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and Language & Leadership.

You may also choose to create your own certificate program by selecting four one-day seminars of your choice to complete over the course of a semester.


“My favorite part of the Certificate Program was, hands down, the cross-disciplinary faculty. What remarkable minds! I gained multiple new lenses through which to view workplace challenges. I felt so lucky to have exposure and access to these extraordinary educators. The HDO faculty is world class. I can’t stop raving.”

Sarah Gerichten, Director of Marketing, Square Root, Inc.


How to Earn Your HDO Certificate

Option 1: Earn Your Certificate in One Week

Enroll in one of our upcoming theme-based programs and complete your certificate courses over four consecutive days. This option is ideal for people who wish to complete their program quickly and/or for people located outside Central Texas.

HDO holds eight certificate programs per year, with courses running Tuesday through Friday of each program week. You will receive a digital and hard-copy version of your certificate upon completion of your courses.

You will earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of your program (28 total hours of instruction).

Upcoming In-One-Week Programs

Organizational Improvement (February 5-8, 2019)
Change Management • Influence • Resiliency • Productivity


The Organizational Improvement Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to build and lead better-functioning organizations. Participants are given the tools to influence decision-making and strategically manage change (and reduce change apprehension), to creatively conceptualize problems and solutions, to reduce instances of and mitigate the impacts of human error, and to effectively understand and navigate organizational hierarchies.

This program includes the following courses:

Courses subject to change based on faculty availability. Participants will be notified of any course changes prior to the program.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Enrollment: Organizational Improvement Certificate Program (February 5-8, 2019)
Language & Leadership (March 5-8, 2019)
Communication • Leadership • Resiliency • Persuasion


The Language & Leadership Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to be persuasive and effective leaders. Participants will gain tools to craft authentic organizational narratives (for internal and external audiences), to communicate clearly and productively in project-based environments, to apply principles from psychology and ethics to build resilient teams and organizations, and to understand how awareness of culture can contribute to ethical leadership and good decision-making in organizations.

This program includes the following courses:

Courses subject to change based on faculty availability. Participants will be notified of any course changes prior to the program.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Enrollment: Language & Leadership (March 5-8, 2019)
Personal Leadership (April 2-5, 2019)
Leadership • Decision-Making • Productivity • Time & Project Management


The Personal Leadership Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to be strategic, authentic, and ethical leaders. Participants will gain tools to boost personal and organizational well-being; to develop awareness of how culture can contribute to effective decision-making; to develop productive time management, prioritization, and project management techniques; and to better understand individual behavior and competing motivations within organizations.

This program includes the following courses:

Courses subject to change based on faculty availability. Participants will be notified of any course changes prior to the program.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Enrollment: Personal Leadership (April 2-5, 2019)
Strategic Thinking (April 23-26, 2019)
Change Management • Resiliency • Negotiation • Strategy


The Strategic Thinking Certificate Program from Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin prepares participants to think more strategically to enhance individual and organizational productivity. Participants will gain tools to negotiate effectively, to anticipate and manage unexpected events, to reduce instances of and mitigate the impacts of human error, to leverage historical thinking for effective leadership, to strategically define and guide change, and to optimize personal and team performance through tools rooted in psychology and cognitive science.

This program includes the following courses:

Courses subject to change based on faculty availability. Participants will be notified of any course changes prior to the program.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Enrollment: Strategic Thinking (April 23-26, 2019)

Option 2: Create Your Own Certificate Program

If you choose this option, during registration you will be prompted to select four one-day seminars to complete over the course of one spring or fall semester. You may select any four seminars from the sixteen offered each semester.

We recommend registering early in a semester (no later than February 1 or August 1, for spring and fall semesters, respectively) to ensure that you have the greatest selection of seminars to choose from to complete your program.

You will earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of your program (28 total hours of instruction).

If you have already completed one or more seminars and you would like to apply them to a certificate program, contact us.


Enrollment: Registration & Fees

Standard Registration: $3,000
Discounted Registration: $2,300

Discounted registration is available for UT alumni and staff, as well as individuals who work in the following sectors: nonprofit, education, government, and military.

Our online registration system accepts payment by credit/debit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover), check, and purchase order. We also accept Interdepartmental Transfer (IDT) payments for UT Austin faculty and staff.

Registration includes fees for all courses, catering (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments), parking validation, WiFi access, books, and materials for each course. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a digital and hard copy certificate.

Certificate Program Enrollment

“HDO’s Certificate Program provided me an opportunity to learn from dynamic professors and network with various industry professionals in the pursuit of being a better leader, driven by the desire to achieve operational excellence, all while trying to understand people, behaviors, and motivations. I found this experience truly enlightening.”

Brian L. Robbins, Director of Operations Management at Life Care Services

“Through HDO’s Certificate Program, I gained the ability to better understand and manage change in my organization, particularly while leading our current restructuring. In the courses I took and discussions with fellow participants—all from a wide range of sectors—my eyes and ears were opened to the similarity of the issues and challenges we’re all facing. Overall, I learned to view organizational change as a creative process that provides great opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

Susan Seet, Chief Program Technical Officer at Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications

“I found the characterization of how to lead strategically to be very practical and relatable. This week has been fantastic. It’s very easy to learn because the environment is welcoming and the courses are well-run.”

Sean Saxe, Senior Software Developer/Analyst, UT Austin

“I’ve been in Executive Management for over 20 years. The courses I took in the HDO program helped me to gain a fresh perspective on management; specifically, on how people work. I highly recommend taking a seminar or obtaining a certification in this program.”

Dorothy A. Benavidez, Executive Vice President, CRAssociates, Inc.


Teams and individuals from over 300 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations have participated in HDO Professional Training, including:

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