Master’s 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.

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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.

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

Information Sessions

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

A 15-Month Program for Professionals with Weekend Classes, a Distance Learning Option, and Courses Led by Top UT Austin Faculty

Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) is an innovative graduate program at UT Austin designed for working professionals.

By exploring varied 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.

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Student work experiences provide an invaluable addition to classroom discussions and group projects. Master’s program applicants should possess at least 3-5 years of career-level experience. 

An applicant’s career path should demonstrate professional growth in a particular field or a set of related fields. This experience does not have to be with one employer or in a particular role. 

A distance-learning option is available for students unable to commute to Austin. Students participating in the distance-learning option attend class in real-time and participate actively in classroom discussions. Distance learners are always welcome to attend classes in person when their schedule permits.

“I loved the multi-disciplinary approach which provided the opportunity to learn from a variety of areas within liberal arts. HDO brought together people from a … variety of backgrounds and industries which allows the discussion of real-world topics from different perspectives. The small 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 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 information that 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.

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“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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