LBJ School | The University of Texas at Austin

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Know-how to change the world

Our Degree Programs


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


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Event Status
Saturday May 11, 2024, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
The 53rd group of LBJ School graduates, the class of 2024, will graduate with the skills the world needs most: the leadership to get big things done together, the training to craft effective public policy, and the know-how to make a better world possible. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the class of 2024.
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Event Status
Thursday July 18, 2024 - Sunday July 21, 2024, All day
LBJ School

The PPIA Public Service Weekend is a three-day conference empowering undergraduate students and recent postgraduates who are first-generation and Pell Grant-eligible college students considering a graduate degree and careers in public service.

News & Research

Fernanda Figueroa, LBJ School MPAff '24 student showing a hookem hand sign.

Shaping education policy through journalism

April 19, 2024

Fernanda Figueroa, a first-generation college student from Donna, Texas, is a Master of Public Affairs student who will be graduating in our upcoming commencement on Saturday, May 11th. The journalist earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications and Political Science from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Fernanda's passion for education policy combined with her drive for storytelling make her one of the LBJ School’s upcoming Movers & Change-Makers.

Mauliola Harley Gonzales in front of the Capitol building in Washington DC

From the LBJ School to Capitol Hill: Mauliola Harley Gonsalves' Life After LBJ

April 3, 2024

Mauliola Harley Gonsalves, a first-generation college graduate from Pukalani, Hawai’i, has continued her commitment to public service after graduating from the LBJ School in December of 2023. As a Legislative Correspondent in DC for the senior Senator of her home state, Harley works to amplify indigenous voices and shape federal policy through collaborative problem-solving.

Graphic announcing Shamina Singh as the Class of 2024 Commencement Speaker

UT Alumna, Mastercard Executive Shamina Singh named 2024 graduation speaker at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs

March 26, 2024

Shamina Singh, an alumna from The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School, will be back on the Forty Acres on May 11 to deliver the graduation address to the class of 2024 at her alma mater.