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International Degrees Program - LBJ School and Hiroshima University

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (LBJ-UT) and the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) at Japan’s Hiroshima University offer a joint international degrees program leading to two graduate degrees, one from the LBJ School and one from IDEC. Under this collaborative program, students can obtain two master’s degrees in as few as three years, depending on semester of entrance and program of study.

The joint international degrees program combines advanced studies of global and public policy with development and regional studies to equip graduate students with the skills necessary to achieve substantial career flexibility in international organizations, government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in either the United States or Asia. The joint international degrees program requires a minimum of one and a half years of residence in Hiroshima, Japan, and one and a half years in Austin, Texas. 

 At the LBJ School, the degree options are the Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree, an established master’s program for training public policy leaders for the public and non-profit sectors, and the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree, which goes beyond traditional international affairs programs to analyze not only the role of government in global policy but also the roles of other critical stakeholders, including the private sector and non-governmental organizations.  The master’s degree offerings at IDEC include the Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Engineering, the Master of Science, and Master of International Cooperation Studies.

As opportunities increase for graduates with skills appropriate to the evolving global environment, this new international degrees program will be an important addition to the graduate offerings at both Hiroshima University and The University of Texas at Austin. Graduates who can combine an understanding of developmental science, cultural, and regional studies with global policy skills will possess substantial career flexibility and attractiveness to prospective employers in government, private industry, and the non-profit sector. 

Advising in the international degrees program is structured to allow students flexibility and guidance within a well-defined plan of study. Before enrolling for the first semester’s course work, each new student should contact the faculty supervisor of IDEC and the appropriate Graduate Advisor from the LBJ School. These advisors consult with the student, who prepares a plan of coursework suitable to her/his needs and objectives. This initial plan of study may undergo some revision after the student begins course work. 

 The international degrees program requires a minimum of one year and a half of residence time each in Hiroshima and in Austin. The student is responsible for completion of work in both degree programs.  The student will receive a degree from IDEC-HU at the completion of IDEC-HU requirements. LBJ-UT will award a degree to a student only after that student completes the requirements for both degrees. Students in the international degrees program may at any time request to withdraw from the international degrees program  and continue the master’s programs at IDEC or at the LBJ School. Students who exercise this option must be in good academic standing and may not re-enter the international degrees program. Program of work outlines are provided below for each of the degrees.

Participants in the international degrees program are responsible for all costs associated with their studies including tuition, fees, housing and related expenses.


Master of Global Policy Studies Admission & Degree Requirements plus Samples of Program of Work

Master of Public Affairs Admission & Degree Requirements plus Samples of Program of Work

Hiroshima Program of Work