15-Month Program • Weekend Classes • Distance Learning Option
Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) is an innovative graduate program at UT Austin designed for working professionals.By exploring diverse disciplines such as psychology, history, literature, sociology, philosophy, and anthropology, with some of the University’s best professors, an HDO Master’s degree will give you the tools to:
- Discern the root causes of why businesses and nonprofits actually work, and why they often don’t.
- Understand how and why the key components of organizations—people—behave and work the way they do.
- Develop leadership skills to create lasting and effective change in organizations of any size or type.
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. Each student completes a Capstone Project, allowing them to draw on what they’ve learned to tackle an organizational problem of their choice.
“Innovation can’t simply be ordered up. To create and sustain an innovative culture, you have to go beyond being managers to becoming leaders. HDO can play a fundamental role in this transformation.”
– Craig Wynett, Chief Learning Officer, Proctor & Gamble; HDO External Advisor
HDO Admissions is Highly SelectiveBecause HDO Master’s students bring diverse strengths and experiences to the graduate program, the committee carefully considers all criteria supporting a candidate’s application. Applicants must possess at least three years of career-level work experience to be considered for admission.
Incomplete applications are not considered by the admissions committee. Each candidate will be carefully considered by the committee and may be asked for an interview (by phone or in person). Interviews are by invitation only.
GRE/GMAT Waiver: Because of the nature of HDO and its students, we offer a waiver for the GRE/GMAT in certain circumstances. After your online application is submitted, please complete the waiver request form to request a GRE/GMAT waiver. Please email Amy Ware, HDO Associate Director, with any questions.
The application for fall 2017 admission is now open!
Regular Admission Deadline (International Applicants): March 1, 2017
Regular Admission Deadline (U.S. Applicants): April 15, 2017
A Completed HDO Application Includes:
- A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university (or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution)
- A grade point average of 3.0 in upper-division coursework and graduate work, if applicable
- An official GRE or GMAT score taken within the past five years (or an approved GRE/GMAT waiver; see above)
- Foreign students are required to submit TOEFL scores
- A résumé or CV detailing relevant work and academic experience
- Two essays based on the following questions:
- Describe a professional situation you experienced in which a problem arose from miscommunication or misunderstanding. How was that situation resolved? How do you think HDO would help you deal with situations like this in the future? Responses should be between 500 and 750 words.
- How do you envision your HDO degree contributing to your future success? Responses should not be more than 500 words.
- Three letters of recommendation (these may be professional and/or academic in nature)
- Payment of application fee (due upon submission of application)
TuitionThe cost of the HDO Master's Degree for the entire 15-month program is $60,000.* This flat fee includes all of the following items:
- Tuition and fees
- Lodging and meals during intensive start-of-semester weeks in Austin, TX
- All textbooks and other course materials
- Group and individual sessions with HDO's Career Coach
- Program software, technical infrastructure and access to research databases
- Access to The University of Texas at Austin resources
Tuition Payment Schedule
|Payment Period||Amount and Due Date||Deposit||$1,500 (due upon acceptance of admission); non-refundable|
|Fall I Tuition||$16,500 (due August 1)|
|Spring Tuition||$14,000 (due January 1)|
|Summer Tuition||$14,000 (due May 1)|
|Fall II Tuition||$14,000 (due August 1)|
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming Information SessionsHDO 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.
If you can’t join us at one of our live sessions, please visit our Virtual Info Session (Flash required), which features a video presentation by HDO Director Dr. Art Markman, slides with key programmatic details, admissions information, and details on how to apply.
HDO’s curriculum is unique in its balance of the conceptual consideration and practical application of ideas.Our coursework requires students to examine real-world challenges through a variety of disciplinary lenses. Students will learn to draw on a range of approaches to analyze, consider, and improve the structure and function of organizations.
HDO's External Advisory Board assisted faculty in developing the HDO Master's Degree curriculum and continues to provide feedback to ensure that HDO classes address key issues facing today's business and nonprofit organizations.
The degree requires 36 credit hours spread across four successive semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer, and the following Fall. These classes include a two-semester core course; nine courses offering depth in topics relevant to the degree; and 6 hours dedicated to the completion of a Capstone Project during the final semester of the program. All courses are required and taken in a prescribed sequence.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, The University of Texas at Austin confers a Master of Arts in Human Dimensions of Organizations.
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.
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 one-time $1,000 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.
Information for Prospective Students and Employers
Brochure: Master's Program (Prospective Students)View the brochure below. Click here to download.
Brochure: Master's Program (Employer's Guide)View the brochure below. Click here to download.
HDO Professional TrainingView the brochure below. Click here to download.
Each staff member's areas of specialty are listed below, but feel free to reach out to any of us.
Dr. Art Markman, Founding Director
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Key contact for discussing program history, curriculum, employer support, applicability to your current role and/or professional goals
Dr. Amy Ware, Associate Director
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Key contact for discussing program structure, applications/admissions, distance learning, class visits
Lewis Miller, Marketing Coordinator
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Key contact for discussing information sessions and other recruitment events, HDO's Professional Training options for groups and individuals
Rolee Rios, Program Coordinator
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Key contact for discussing applications/admissions, registration, tuition and financial aid
Jessica Crawford, Senior Administrative Associate
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Key contact for meeting and other scheduling requests, upcoming event information
Who should apply for an HDO degree?
The HDO program is tailor-made for working professionals. Our degree program is offered on a distinct schedule so that students can maintain their careers while working toward their degree. Applicants must have at least three years of career-level work experience to be considered for admission. In the video below, HDO Director Art Markman explains who will benefit from HDO’s Master’s degree.