The Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations

The Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) seeks to train working professionals to address problems in the global marketplace. These elements span the internal challenges facing professional organizations—workplace culture, innovative thinking, and quantitative analysis—and the external forces shaping them—globalization, regulations, linguistic diversity, cultural difference. Both our Professional Seminars and our MA Degree leverage the core knowledge within the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences to sharpen HDO students’ mastery of these elements.


There are two distinct educational components of HDO:


The Master of Arts Degree. This 18-month (4-semester) degree will be offered as a weekend program to provide flexibility for working professionals. Each semester will begin with an intensive week on campus followed by biweekly Friday and Saturday course meetings. We will also offer distance education by way of videoconferencing for those unable to commute to UT Austin. The inaugural class for this unique graduate-degree program will enter in the Fall of 2013. Each course in HDO’s master’s degree program provides depth in an area of study as well as practical exercises designed to demonstrate how to apply this knowledge in real-world settings. The degree program’s final research assignment asks students (or teams of students) to solve a practical problem drawn from the cutting edge of business. The capstone project may emerge from issues currently facing the students in their careers or they may come from issues raised by members of the program’s external advisory board. The projects will incorporate the knowledge and practical guidance students have explored in their formal coursework.

The Professional Seminars. We now offer one-day Professional Seminars aimed at improving attendees’ understanding of particular issues affecting work culture: global enterprise, marketing psychology, leadership skill, communication effectiveness, and more. We also offer customized classes that may take place in any location.

UT Austin’s HDO was developed with the assistance of global business leaders and an impressive cadre of nationally and internationally known scholars. The program will be the first in the United States to offer this specialized training. Thus, this degree promises to provide groundbreaking training for a rising generation of business leaders.