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Know-how to change the world

Our Degree Programs

MPAff students

Master of Public Affairs (MPAff)

The first graduate public affairs program to blend academic theory with practical experience—preparing students to make an immediate impact in the world

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Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS)

A degree program designed for the globalized world, offering an interdisciplinary and practical command of international policymaking

DC Concentration (MPAff/MGPS)

DC Option (MPAff/MGPS)

An immersive 15-month course of accelerated study and work in Washington DC for careers in domestic and international federal policymaking

PhD in Public Policy

Ph.D. in Public Policy (Ph.D.)

A flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum–emphasizing strong faculty mentorship alongside rigorous analytical and professional training–intended to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and real-world policy impact

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Executive Master of Public Leadership (EMPL)

A 12-month program preparing nonprofit and public professionals for senior leadership with substantial in-person coursework, interaction with high-performing leaders and practical simulations for real world readines


Executive and Professional Training

LBJ by the Numbers



Martin O'Malley Headshot
Event Status
Tuesday March 21, 2023, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (11:30 am - 12:30 pm)
LBJ Washington Center (1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005)
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joins LBJ School Washington Center in DC to discuss what a 100% renewable future would look like, how we get there, and what challenges we will face in this transition.
Christie Abizaid Headshot
Event Status
Tuesday April 4, 2023, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center (HRC) Prothro Theater
The Honorable Christy Abizaid, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), gives a public talk on counterterrorism in an era focused on great power competition.
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Event Status
Monday April 10, 2023, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
SRH 3.122
Dr. Robert P. Kadlec, former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and senior policy advisor for Pandemic Preparedness and Biosecurity to former Senator Richard Burr, delivers a briefing of the final report on the 20-month Senate investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

News & Research

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Physical Education Policies in Schools Have Not Curbed Childhood Obesity

March 21, 2023
Laws that require physical education (PE) in elementary schools are not curbing the obesity epidemic, according to a new study from public policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa.

Naval War College, The University of Texas, Colorado School of Mines Selected by DoD as One of Six Teams for Social Science Research

March 13, 2023
The clean energy transition will be minerals and metals intensive. Currently, supply chains are overwhelmingly reliant on imports from China. The U.S. Department of Defense has selected the LBJ School's Dr. Joshua Busby to research critical minerals, battery technology, and reducing dependence on hostile suppliers in the clean energy supply chain.
LBJ DC student in front of the nation's capitol

Alumni Spotlight: Samer Yousif (Master of Global Policy Studies-DC)

March 10, 2023
Samer Yousif (MGPS-DC '18) is the CEO of BLCK VC, a nonprofit that equips Black investors with the access, education and community they need to accelerate their careers in venture capital. He is a SXSW 2023 speaker on racial justice and the tech ecosystem space. When he was inspired to action, he said LBJ gave him the policymaking and advocacy tools to be effective.