Davidson Management Honors Program

About DMHP

Davidson Management Honors Program

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.

DMHP Annual Reports


Entering Freshmen Students

Apply DMHP
  • Must submit an online application, essay, resume and recommendation letter (letters can be uploaded on the application or emailed separately to honors@utdallas.edu).
  • Must be in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class.
  • Minimum 1310 on SAT, or comparable ACT score for Combined Math and Critical Reading.
  • Phone interview (by invitation only).
  • Students can also apply to additional honors programs on campus if they qualify such as Collegium V, Terry Scholars, National Merit Scholars Program, and McDermott Scholars.

* If admitted, this is a non-binding admissions decision. Students will not be required to enroll in UT Dallas, the Jindal School of Management, or the Davidson Management Honors Program.

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 cumulative 3.5 GPA (to be verified after the spring semester)
  • 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)
  • Copy of unofficial transcript (external applicants only)

** To be eligible, you must not have taken more than two of the courses that are part of the honors sequence (based on your incoming freshman class).

Transfer Admission Deadlines
  • Internal Transfers (current UT Dallas students): Deadline to Apply: Feb. 8, 2019
  • External Transfers: Deadline to Apply: June 7, 2019
  • DMHP will be holding an information session for students interested in transferring into the program on Wednesday, October 24 at 5pm in the DMHP Lounge (JSOM 12.508)

You can find the Transfer DMHP Application here.

Academic and Extracurricular Student Requirements

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 2015-18

  • BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law – Fall Semester Freshman Year
  • MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing – 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
  • BLAW 4310 Current Issues in Business and Law – Spring Semester, Senior Year

Academic Requirements

DMHP students commit to the honors cohort class sequence upon acceptance into the program. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he/she is taking the appropriate classes to complete pre-requisite requirements in order to stay on track in the cohort sequence, and avoids taking classes that are a part of the sequence as non-honors (unless approved by DMHP staff).

To remain in good standing, 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. Appeals should be based on extenuating, nonacademic circumstances. 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.

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum of THREE DMHP professional development events per academic year
  • Minimum of TWO community service events totaling at least 6 hours—through the Office of Student Volunteerism (OSV) at UT Dallas or DMHP sponsored events—per academic year
    • Students must sign-in to receive credit for these events.
    • Community service done through OSV must be documented by printing off your OrgSync confirmation for signing up for the event, or by forwarding an OSV event confirmation email to DMHP professional staff.
    • Travel time to and from service sites is counted toward your service hours.


Any unprofessional conduct or unethical behavior is subject to review by DMHP professional staff. 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 by working with UT Dallas’ Dean of Students office. Students who are found responsible for violating the UT Dallas Student Code of Conduct may be dismissed from the program.

For more information on DMHP policies and procedures, please see the 2018-19 DMHP Student Handbook.

Student Experience

  • DMHP Academics Academic Challenge your intellect with enriched coursework
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    DMHP students take honors classes in a cohort – a ‘cohort’ is a group of students that take honors classes together in sequential order, upon entering the business honors program. All DMHP students will take at least one business honors class together per academic year and these classes will be taught by highly regarded faculty members. Honors class sizes will also be limited. In addition to their honors classes, DMHP students 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 business honors students’ professional development so they are competitive candidates for internships, full-time jobs and graduate schools. These events allow DMHP students to network with top companies and expand their professional skill sets. As a result, DMHP students are the recipients of top internships: Amazon.com, 7-Eleven, Accenture, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG US, and Toyota USA, to name a few.

    Past professional development activities have included:

    • Company site visits, including: the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas Instruments, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, J.C. Penney, and AT&T
    • Mock Interview Day, including participation from: AT&T, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Verizon, GEICO, and more
    • “Breakfast with a Pro” and “An Afternoon with…” speaker series
    • Professional panels and guest speaker lectures
    • Professional dining etiquette lunches
    • Personal branding and social media workshops
    • JSOM alumni mentor program
    • Various skill-building workshops
  • DMHP Community Engagement Community Engagement Improve your community
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    Community Engagement

    DMHP students participate in community service projects throughout the Richardson and Dallas areas. The business honors program students volunteer in a variety of service capacities – ranging from serving over 500 meals at The Stewpot, to helping with concessions and games for Grandparent’s Day at C.C. Young Senior Living. DMHP students completed over 871 service hours in the 2017-18 academic year, in addition to completing their honors classes and professional development event requirements.

    Past volunteer events have included:

    • Richardson Animal Shelter
    • Groundwork Dallas
    • The North Texas Food Bank
    • Dallas Arboretum
    • Richardson ISD’s Clothes Closet
    • Hope Supply Co.
    • Boys and Girls Club Richardson
    • Goodwill Dallas
  • 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.

    Student visits include:

    Washington, D.C.

    • U.S. Capitol
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Smithsonian
    • Department of State
    • Library of Congress
    • U.S. Holocaust Museum

    New York City

    • Empire State Building
    • Deloitte
    • New York Stock Exchange
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • National September 11 Memorial & Museum

    DMHP also offers an annual international trip in late May that is open to business honors program students of all years. In May 2018, a group of 27 business honors program students, ranging from rising sophomores to graduated seniors, traveled to Zagreb, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. This trip includes a mix of professional development meetings and sightseeing excursions. Each year the program plans to go to a new international trip location.

    Student visits in Croatia included:

    • Dubrovnik City Tour
    • Plitvice National Park
    • Game of Thrones Walking Tour
    • Korcula Excursion
    • US Commercial Services
    • Enikon Aerospace
    • Ericsson Nikola Tesla
    • Bruketa&Zinic&Grey

    DMHP also offers scholarship opportunities to help students study abroad or take part in a faculty-lead international study trips. DMHP’s Global Experience Scholarship (GES) has supported students on trips to Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Japan, and more.

  • 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 academic year, including business honors program student group outings to WhirlyBall, Painting with a Twist, bowling at Main Event, and barbecue socials on-campus.

  • Honors Program Students Student Spotlight Meet some of our outstanding students
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    Student Spotlight
    Xayra Balicante Class of 2019
    Majors: Global Business, Marketing
    Hometown: McKinney, Texas

    Aman Vakharia Class of 2018
    Majors: Finance, Information Technology and Systems
    Hometown: Murphy, Texas

    Kiyanoush Forough Class of 2021
    Majors: Finance, Economics, Political Science Minor
    Hometown: Austin, Texas

    Victor Daescu Class of 2019
    Majors: Business Administration, Pre-Medicine
    Hometown: Plano, Texas

    Taylor Kyes Class of 2021
    Majors: Marketing
    Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

    Jay Trivedi Class of 2020
    Majors: Healthcare Management, Finance
    Hometown: Houston, Texas

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Contact DMHP

Matt Polze

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

Elise Smith

Elise Smith

Elise is the Associate Director 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

Krystyna Stopyra

Krystyna Stopyra

Krystyna Stopyra is the Program Specialist for the Davidson Management Honors Program. Prior to joining UT Dallas in March of 2019, Krystyna worked as an Assistant Residential Community Director at Southern Methodist University. Krystyna will complete her Masters of Education Leadership from Southern Methodist University in May 2019. Before working and attending Southern Methodist University, Krystyna lived in Philadelphia, PA and attended Chestnut Hill College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and Certification to teach Secondary and Special Education.

Email   |   972-883-5865   |   JSOM 12.506B