Davidson Management Honors Program

The Davidson Management Honors Program (DMHP) gives select undergraduate students the opportunity to enhance their experience in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. DMHP prepares students for career and graduate school opportunities, while fostering a smaller, cohort educational environment. Students have unique access to domestic and international study trips, smaller classes, professional-development workshops, community-service activities, and social and networking events.


  • Placement in a ‘Cohort’, a group that stays together, upon entering the program. All entering DMHP students will take one honors class together per semester. These classes will be taught by highly regarded faculty members, and class sizes will be limited.
  • Access to domestic and international study trips.
  • Opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills through classroom projects and outside activities, such as guest speakers, employer site visits, etiquette workshops and community service events.
  • Exclusive access to a DMHP-dedicated lounge in the McDermott Library.
  • Mentoring relationships with upperclassmen DMHP students as well as JSOM alumni.
  • Honors notation on diploma at graduation (upon fulfilling necessary requirements).
  • Eligibility for exclusive scholarships.

DMHP Annual Report

The Davidson Management Honors Program at UT Dallas will offer you opportunities that take you from the classroom to the community and out into the world, all while fostering relationships with your peers, faculty, alumni and business professionals. Our goal is to make sure you get the very most out of your four years on the UT Dallas campus. We will help you reach higher and explore the wider world — to expand your boundaries of learning. Contact us. Let’s talk about your future at the Jindal School of Management and how you would fit into the Davidson Management Honors Program. Sincerely,

Matt Polze

Director, Davidson Management Honors Program


Office – JSOM 4.233

Caryn Berardi

Associate Director, Davidson Management Honors Program


Office – JSOM 4.228

Elise Smith

Program Specialist, Davidson Management Honors Program


Office – JSOM 4.230

DMHP students benefit from a “cohort” system, taking smaller honors classes together from highly regarded Jindal School faculty members. Class sizes are limited, offering a unique experience to interact with and learn from their classmates and professors.

The cohort classes are required for DMHP students. You can view the full cohort class sequence here.

Think DMHP might be for you? Review these requirements and let us know!

Entering Freshmen

  • Students must submit an application, essay and resume.
  • Students must be in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.
  • Minimum 1200 on SAT or comparable ACT score.
  • Phone interview (by invitation only).

Transfer or Current UT Dallas students

  • Can apply at the end of freshman year only
  • Minimum 24 hours college credit
  • Minimum 3.5 grade point average
  • SAT and high school class rank
  • Essay
  • Resume showing work experience and/or campus involvement
  • Interview (phone or in person)
  • Deadline to apply: July 1

Contact honors@utdallas.edu for more information!

Learn more about the admission requirements and applications here.

A significant component of DMHP is fostering students’ professional and career development so they are competitive candidates for internships, full-time jobs and graduate schools. DMHP students participate in exclusive company site visits, professional panels and guest speakers, career development workshops, and various networking opportunities.

Graduates of DMHP continue on to full-time jobs and graduate school, while current students secure internships at top companies. DMHP students have been employed in internships and full-time jobs at companies such as:

  • AXA Advisors
  • Deloitte
  • Ericsson
  • Ernst and Young
  • Fidelity
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation
  • KPMG
  • Lennox International
  • Nordstrom
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Travelers
  • And many more

The Davidson Management Honors Program works closely with the JSOM Career Management Center to help students identify and secure professional opportunities.

Academics and extracurricular go hand-in-hand in the Davidson Management Honors Program. Our students are active leaders on campus. You can find them on the floors of student government to the stages of theater productions to the courts and fields of UT Dallas athletics. Within DMHP, they stay busy too:

Classroom: DMHP students are challenged in their honors cohort classes, participating in special projects, business competitions, and opportunities for outside-of-the-classroom experiences.

Community: Service opportunities abound for a DMHP student. Each year, the group is involved in various community projects, such as participating in UT Dallas’s campus-wide Viva Volunteer Day with more than 500 other students, faculty and staff.

Travel: As sophomores, DMHP students have the opportunity to travel together to Washington, D.C. and New York City to visit the political and business capitals of the United States. In their junior year, international opportunities are available to expand their awareness and prepare for the global marketplace. In the Spring of 2012, 14 DMHP sophomores visited the nation’s two business and government capitals: Washington D.C. and New York City.

Class of 2015 profile:

  • 63 total members
  • Three countries and eight states
  • Average SAT score: 1354
  • Among them, you will find:
    • Debate team officers
    • Football, soccer and softball team captains
    • Yearbook and newspaper editors
    • National Honor Society officers
    • A Martial Arts instructor
    • Drill team and cheerleading captains
    • Academic Decathlon members
    • A competitive rock climber
    • Band and orchestra leaders
    • Community service volunteers… and so much more!

“When I was accepted into the DHMP, I just thought that it would be like all the other honors programs where it is all about the grades. But the DMHP is more than just the grades. It is also about the great opportunities, the student-professor relationships, and most of all, the connections that you make. Being in the DHMP is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made.” –Lucy Vo, DMHP Class of 2015, Finance and Marketing