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Getting Started

UT Austin's continuing and professional education ecosystem is vast. Don't worry. We've got you covered. This page is designed to serve as a starting point in finding the optimal program for you.

MOST COMMONLY USED TERMS

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First, Know the Terminology

GENERAL TERMS

Continuing Education: A broad term describing courses and programs that are designed for post-baccalaureate audiences.

Professional Education: Courses and programs designed for professionals seeking advancement in their current role or preparation for a new position or industry.

Credit-bearing: “Credit-bearing” courses or programs grant transcribable academic credit that can be applied to a degree program.

Enrollment methods: “Open enrollment” programs do not require an application process for enrollment, while “Application-based” programs do.

CEUs: Continuing education units are non-academic credits conferred after completion of a course or set of courses. CEUs can be general or industry-specific. See individual programs for specific information.

 

PROGRAM TYPES

Graduate Degree: Master’s and Doctoral programs designed for working professionals. Typical duration is 12-24 months. 

Graduate Certificate: Credit-bearing programs focused on a set of related topics/issue areas.

Professional Certificate: Non-credit-bearing short programs focused on a set of related topics/issue areas (may confer CEUs).

Boot Camp: Non-credit-bearing short programs focused on increasing mastery of a singular skill set (may confer CEUs).

Course or Conference: One or multi-day events that confer CEUs.

LEARNING FORMATS

Classroom: In-person programs held on the UT Austin campus or another specified location 

Live Online: Synchronous (real-time) online programs 

Self-Paced Online: Asynchronous (at your own pace) online programs

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Find the Right Program For You

We provide several ways for you to identify which of our programs is the best fit for you.

USE OUR PROGRAM FINDER

Select your preferences and our program finder will identify the most applicable offerings available.

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ATTEND AN INFO SESSION

Information sessions are a great way to interact with staff, faculty, and alumni and learn more about the programs that meet your needs.

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PLAN A CUSTOM TRAINING

If you are seeking tailored solutions for your team or organization, reach out to our program development team.

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Explore Your Funding Options

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FUNDING VARIES ACROSS UNITS

The decision to invest in your continued education provides immediate and long-term returns.

Many of our learners receive financial assistance to fund the cost of their education. See below for more information on employer support, scholarships, grants, military/veteran’s benefits, and other opportunities.

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THE VALUE OF YOUR EDUCATION

The pursuit of continuing and professional education is a great resume booster. In addition, by equipping you with critical new skills and knowledge, your UT Austin experience will boost your personal and professional confidence.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Investing in Education Pays Off

“Studying in HDO was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I know I will see the ROI for decades to come.”

– Lisa Dalgleish

Human Dimensions of Organizations Class of 2019

SUPPORT FROM YOUR EMPLOYER

Many employers offer financial support for continuing and professional education. If this is an option for you, our experienced staff will work with you and your employer to manage the funding process.

ASK QUESTIONS

Talk with an enrollment advisor for your specific program about what discounts, scholarships, or other funding options are available for that specific program. Options vary, but some programs may accept military, military spouse, or veteran’s benefits; Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, and funding from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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Apply or Enroll

If you are ready to join UT Austin’s extensive network of learners, we are ready to work with you. Use our program finder or chat with us.

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