Distance Learning Option

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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.

Information Sessions

HDO holds information sessions on the UT Austin campus, in cities across the state, and online throughout the year. Click below to RSVP for an upcoming session. Each session covers a variety of topics related to the program.

Capstone Projects

Each semester has a particular focus that prepares students to complete their Capstone Project, which is a research project and presentation requiring students to use their new skills to change real-world situations within organizations.

Notice: Given the current pandemic, we are transitioning to an all-online model for the HDO Master’s program. If circumstances permit us to do so, we will add an in-person participation option in the future. While courses are exclusively online, there will be no distance learning surcharge.

Attend classes in real time, from anywhere in the world.

For those unable to commute to Austin, HDO has developed a distance learning program for its Master’s degree students. There is a $700 per semester surcharge for distance learners. This fee covers the technology that enables HDO’s distance learners to be fully interactive with their in-class colleagues.

Distance learners attend class in real time via our virtual classroom and participate actively in classroom discussions. Distance learners are also required to be on campus for the intensive weeks at the beginning of the Fall I, Spring, and Summer semesters; however, they may participate in all other class meetings virtually.

Selecting the distance learning option does not lock you into this choice for the duration of the program. Distance learners are always welcome to attend classes in-person when their schedule permits.

Distance learners are required to successfully complete the same requirements as students taking courses on campus. Because distance learners may join HDO courses from anywhere, this option is ideal for those looking for international networking opportunities.

“I loved the multi-disciplinary approach which provided the opportunity to learn from a variety of areas within Liberal Arts. The HDO program brought together people from a diverse variety of backgrounds and industries which allows the discussion of real-world topics from different perspectives. The smaller cohort setting creates an environment for building relationships past the classroom. I admire the passion and commitment by the professors for personal and professional growth of the cohort.”

Nancy Rodill (Class of 2019)

Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, winner of HDO’s 2019 Outstanding Professor of the Year award, explains how the HDO Master’s Degree provides a unique education experience for working professionals and highlights why she is so passionate about teaching in the program.

HDO courses are led by UT Austin’s top faculty and cover topics such as leadership, communication, ethics, change management, and decision-making.

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. There are no exams; assessments are designed to provide students with practical skills for professional success. 

Each cohort consists of experienced professionals from a diverse range of fields, allowing for an exchange of problems and solutions across sectors. All students complete a Capstone Project, allowing them to draw on what they’ve learned to tackle an organizational problem of their choice.

Every leader has a lens by which they view the world, and what they see guides their decisions and actions. To me, more important than the tactical understanding of any framework or process is one’s ability to take in, interpret and accept information broadly; especially with information which may be different than, or may not align with our own perspectives. The most valuable thing that I gained from my Cohort and Professors was the journey of broadening that lens; it gave me a more adaptive lens by which to view the world.

Juan de Amezaga (Class of 2018)

HDO’s Founding Director and Psychology Professor, Art Markman, explains how working professionals will benefit from pursuing an HDO’s Master’s degree.

“This program helped me learn to use my voice – to realize that my own experiences can contribute to the greater conversation. It also broadened my horizons by allowing me to meet people who do not work in my industry and have completely different backgrounds. I’m glad I had the chance to learn from my classmates and open my eyes to the world more in the process.”

Noelle Parsons (Class of 2019)

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