Davidson Management Honors Program

About DMHP

DMHP Mission Statement

The Davidson Management Honors Program is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens and community leaders who constantly pursue personal and intellectual growth.

DMHP Learning Outcomes

  • Students will recognize, analyze and communicate business issues and trends on a domestic and global level through enriched coursework, group collaboration, and close interaction with faculty.
  • Students will expand their leadership attributes.
  • Students will engage in action for positive change in the community serving as ambassadors for UT Dallas.
  • Students will assess the intrinsic value of career opportunities based on factors that contribute to long-term career well-being.


Entering Freshmen Students

Apply DMHP Freshman Admission Deadlines
  • Early Action Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014
  • Early Action Notifications: By Feb. 9, 2015*

Applications are still accepted after the Dec. 1 early action deadline and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until our class is full. Since class sizes are kept small, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the class is full. We are currently still accepting applications for Fall 2015.

* If admitted, this is a non-binding admissions decision. Students will not be required to enroll in UT Dallas, JSOM, or DMHP.

Transfer or Current UT Dallas Students

Each year, a limited number of current UT Dallas freshmen or external transfers will be accepted into the program to begin the following fall semester. Students can only apply at the end of their freshman year. All applications are evaluated based on the academic rigor of the original school (if not UT Dallas), courses taken and the earned GPA. Other admission requirements and considerations are:

  • Minimum 24 hours college credit
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • SAT and high school class rank
  • Resume showing work experience and/or campus involvement
  • Essay
  • One letter of recommendation from a UT Dallas faculty member (or from your current university if not a current UT Dallas student)
  • Interview (phone or in person)
Transfer Admission Deadlines
  • Internal Transfers (current UT Dallas students): Deadline to Apply: April 13, 2015
  • External Transfers: Deadline to Apply: July 1st, 2015

You can find the Transfer DMHP Application here.

Academic and Extracurricular Student Requirements

The Davidson Management Honors Program (DMHP) is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens and community leaders who are constantly pursing personal and intellectual growth.

Degree Plan

Honors Program 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.

Incoming Freshman Classes of 2014

  • BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law – Fall Semester Freshman Year
  • MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing – Spring Semester, Freshman Year
  • BCOM 3100 Professional Development – Spring Semester, Freshman Year
  • BCOM 3310 Business Communications – Fall Semester, Sophomore Year
  • ACCT 2301 Financial Accounting – Fall Semester, Sophomore Year
  • ACCT 2302 Managerial Accounting – Spring Semester, Sophomore Year
  • OBHR 3310 Organizational Behavior – Spring Semester, Sophomore Year
  • IMS 3310 International Business – Fall Semester, Junior Year
  • BCOM 4350 Advanced Communications – Spring Semester, Junior Year
  • Employment Law or Current Issues – Spring Semester, Senior Year

Incoming Freshman Classes of 2012 and 2013

  • BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law – Fall Semester Freshman Year
  • BA 1100 Business Basics – Fall Semester Freshman Year
  • ACCT 2301 Financial Accounting – Spring Semester Freshman Year
  • BCOM 3310 Business Communications – Spring Semester Freshman Year
  • MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing – Fall Semester, Sophomore Year
  • IMS 3310 International Business – Spring Semester, Sophomore Year
  • FIN 3320 Business Finance – Fall Semester, Junior Year
  • BCOM 4350 Advanced Communications Course – Spring Semester, Junior Year

Incoming Freshman Class of 2011

  • BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law – Fall Semester Freshman Year
  • ACCT 2301 Financial Accounting – Spring Semester Freshman Year
  • MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing – Fall Semester Sophomore Year
  • BCOM 3310 Business Communications – Spring Semester Sophomore Year
  • FIN 3320 Business Finance – Fall Semester Junior Year
  • IMS 3310 International Business – Spring Semester Junior Year

Academic Requirements

DMHP students must have a cumulative UT Dallas Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher upon graduation in order to graduate with honors.

To remain in good standing (which allows students to participate in DMHP events and register for honors cohort classes), DMHP students must meet the following minimum cumulative UT Dallas GPA requirements:

  • Freshmen: Cumulative UT Dallas GPAs will be evaluated at the end of the Spring semester of freshman year. If the UT Dallas GPA is below a 3.25, the student will be dismissed from DMHP. All students who do not meet the minimum requirement of 3.25 will have the opportunity to appeal. All appeal decisions will be made by DMHP Professional Staff, and they will be final.
  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Students must maintain a cumulative UT Dallas GPA of 3.25 or higher each semester to remain in good standing with the program.


A sophomore, junior or senior with a cumulative UT Dallas GPA below 3.25 at the end of any semester will be placed on probation for the next long semester (fall or spring). If a student is unable to raise their cumulative UT Dallas GPA to a 3.25 or higher at the conclusion of their probation semester, the student will be dismissed from DMHP.

Students may only spend one semester on probation during their time in DMHP. If a student’s cumulative UT Dallas GPA falls below 3.25 after having previously spent a semester on probation, the student will be dismissed from DMHP. While on probation, students may take part in DMHP activities and remain enrolled in DMHP classes.


Students dismissed from DMHP will not be allowed to take part in DMHP activities or register for DMHP classes.

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum of THREE DMHP professional development events per academic year.
  • Minimum of TWO events totaling at least six hours of community service through the Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV) at UT Dallas or through DMHP sponsored events, per academic year.
    • You must sign-in to receive credit for these events.
    • Community service done through the OSV office, must be documented by printing off your OrgSync confirmation for signing up for the event.

Students who fail to attend the required number of events will be dismissed from the program. There is NO probation available for students who fail to attend the required number of events. Dismissal means that students are not allowed to take part in DMHP events or register for DMHP classes.

Unprofessional or Unethical Conduct

Any unprofessional conduct or unethical behavior is subject to review by the Program Director and Program Coordinator. Unprofessional or unethical behavior may result in discipline up to and including dismissal from DMHP.

DMHP students must adhere to the UT Dallas Student Code of Conduct. DMHP reserves the right to review violations of the UT Dallas Code of Conduct in order to determine DMHP eligibility.

Subject to Change

The rules and requirements of DMHP are subject to change at the discretion DMHP Professional Staff at any time in order to foster the mission of DMHP. If changes are made, students will be subject to all new requirements as soon as they are instituted, unless otherwise stated.

Student Experience

  • DMHP Academics Academic Challenge your intellect with enriched coursework
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    DMHP students take honors ‘cohort’ classes – a ‘cohort’ is a group that takes classes together, upon entering the program. All DMHP students will take at least one honors class together per academic year; these classes will be taught by highly regarded faculty members, and class sizes will be limited. DMHP students also participate in special projects, business competitions, and case competitions.

  • DMHP Professional Development Professional Development Develop soft skills to set you apart from the competition
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    Professional Development

    DMHP focuses on fostering students’ professional development so they are competitive candidates for internships, full-time jobs and graduate schools. Past activities have included:

    • Company site visits, including: the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and J.C. Penney
    • Professional panels and guest speaker lectures
    • Dining etiquette lunches
    • Resume and networking workshops
    • Personal financial planning workshops
    • “How to apply to graduate school” workshops
  • DMHP Community Engagement Community Engagement Improve your community
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    Community Engagement

    Each year DMHP is involved in various community service projects, such as participating in UT Dallas’s campus-wide Viva Volunteer Day with more than 500 other students, faculty and staff. DMHP also volunteers at: Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army, to name a few.

  • DMHP Travel Travel Experience other cultures
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    As sophomores, DMHP students have the opportunity to travel together to Washington, D.C. and New York City – this trip includes sight-seeing and meeting with potential employers and Naveen Jindal School of Management alumni. DMHP also offers scholarship opportunities to help students study abroad.

  • DMHP Social Social Expand your network and have fun
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    DMHP students also have the opportunity to participate in social events throughout the school year, too. Past events have included Whirlyball, bowling, and Top Golf.

  • Honors Program Students Student Spotlight Meet some of our outstanding students
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    Student Spotlight
    J. Michelle Abuda Class of 2015
    Majors: Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, with a minor in Computer Science
    Hometown: Frisco, Texas

    Michelle Abuda has not stopped moving since she arrived at UT Dallas. Her commitment to improving campus life has led her to take on leadership positions in several organizations, as well as starting a few of her own. Her service was recognized when she was chosen as the student speaker at the groundbreaking event for the JSOM building addition in May 2013.
    Jennifer Chen Class of 2014
    Major(s): Marketing and Global Business

    Jennifer, a Plano, Texas, native who graduates soon, has filled her undergraduate career at UT Dallas with success both inside and outside the classroom. Beyond her academic achievements as a double major in marketing and global business, Jennifer has served as president of her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and a member of the DMHP Advisory Council. Having worked as a marketing intern for a corporation for the last year, Jennifer looks to the future as graduation nears, and shares her thoughts on her UT Dallas and DMHP experience.
    Tyler Cotter Class of 2016
    Majors: Accounting and Finance

    Tyler (Ty) Cotter traveled from his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his identical twin brother, Luke, to pursue a college soccer career at UT Dallas. Having since “fallen in love” with the campus and the Richardson area, Ty continues to be a goalkeeper for the UT Dallas Men’s Soccer team, while also getting involved in numerous other clubs and activities on campus. Having a true entrepreneurial spirit, Ty advises all students to look for ways to leave their own stamp on UT Dallas.
    Michael Matthews Class of 2016
    Majors: BS in Business Administration and BS in Marketing
    Hometown: Plano, Texas

    Sophomore Michael Matthews was not planning to attend UT Dallas. But a visit to campus made a good impression, and he has been taking advantage of everything UT Dallas and the Jindal School of Management (JSOM) has to offer ever since. As a student-athlete, Michael balances his time to get to know his professors, his peers and pave the way for his future success.
    Mindy Tiu Class of 2014
    Majors: BS in Marketing, BS in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship
    Hometown: Houston

    There is one thing that will definitely not be lacking on senior Mindy Tiu’s résumé when she graduates in May — relevant work experience. In addition to her academics and extracurricular activities, Mindy has honed her skills in the professional environment with internships at big companies, such as Nordstrom, Alcatel-Lucent and J.C. Penney. Attributing a lot of her accomplishments to networking, Mindy shares her advice for maximizing your time at UT Dallas to prepare for future success.
    Suneet Flora Class of 2014
    Majors: B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Business Administration
    Hometown: Allen, Texas

    Senior Suneet Flora brings a unique perspective to the Jindal School of Management — learning business through the lens of her medical school aspirations. Her combination of management and healthcare interests can be seen outside the classroom as well in her leadership on campus. Co-founding the UT Dallas chapter of the service organization Circle K International, Suneet has gone on to become an officer for the entire Texas-Oklahoma district.
    Trang Nguyen Class of 2015
    Majors: BS in Management Information Systems
    Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Traveling across the world from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Richardson, Texas, Trang Nguyen was not sure what she would find as she pursued her education at UT Dallas. Since that first year, she has become immersed in college life — from the classroom to clubs to an on-campus job. You might find Trang teaching UNIV 1010, the class that introduces freshmen to UT Dallas, one day and singing in the annual “Best of Broadway” production the next.
    Vaneda Anna Valentine 2014
    Majors: Finance
    Hometown: Houston

    Finance student Vaneda Valentine wasted no time upon her arrival at UT Dallas to start making her impact on campus. She goes beyond the basic club membership to leadership positions in a variety of organizations. Also, because of her academic achievements, Vaneda was recently “tapped” to join the selective honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. She is proof that scholarship and leadership go hand-in-hand at UT Dallas.
    Triza Nganga Class of 2017
    Majors: BS in Accounting
    Hometown: Irving, Texas

    There is no rule that says when you can become a leader on your college campus. Freshman Triza Nganga is a perfect example of how you can jump right in to all that UT Dallas has to offer inside and outside the classroom. Finding activities that are both related to her accounting major and reflect her other interests, Triza has been able to start building her UT Dallas legacy from the beginning of her college career.

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Contact DMHP

Matt Polze

Matt is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and the Director of the Davidson Management Honors Program. Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2006 he worked as an auditor with a public accounting firm and practiced as a corporate and securities lawyer. Matt has earned Doctor of Jurisprudence, Master in Professional Accounting, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. His teaching interest is in the area of business law, and he is a recipient of The University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He has been a licensed attorney in the state of Texas since November 2003.

Email   |   972-883-4742   |   JSOM 4.233

Caryn Berardi

Caryn is the Associate Director of the Davidson Management Honors Program. Prior to joining UT Dallas in 2011, Caryn was as an Assistant Director of Career Development at the Hegi Career Center at Southern Methodist University. Caryn has also worked in the public relations industry in both the corporate and non-profit environments. Caryn earned a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and she has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. She also holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas.

Email   |   972-883-5865   |   JSOM 12.506B

Elise Smith

Elise is the Program Specialist for the Davidson Management Honors Program. Prior to joining UT Dallas in February of 2014, Elise worked as the Coordinator of New Student Orientation and Student Support at Southern Methodist University. Elise received her Masters of Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. Elise received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in Japanese, from Texas Christian University.

Email   |   972-883-5870   |   JSOM 12.506A