LBJ School | The University of Texas at Austin

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Know-how to change the world

Our Degree Programs

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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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Cherry Blossom in DC
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Wednesday June 7, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (5:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
LBJ Washington Center (1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005)
Join us at the LBJ Washington Center to learn more about the LBJ School's Executive Master of Public Leadership.
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Friday June 16, 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual via Zoom
The LBJ School's Executive Master of Public Leadership prepares nonprofit and public professionals for senior leadership.
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Tuesday June 20, 2023, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Meet its new dean for executive education, Trent Thurman; learn more about the application process and important dates; and find out how LBJ EMPL can help take your career to the next level.

News & Research

Letter from the Dean: Celebrating Excellence at the LBJ School

May 9, 2023
This year our achievements have set us apart as a leading institution in public policy education. 
I want to express my deepest gratitude to our incredible faculty, staff, students, alumni, and supporters. It is because of you that we continue to thrive as an example of excellence in shaping the future of public policy leadership.
LBJ School Class of 2023

Congrats to the LBJ School Class of 2023

May 1, 2023
The LBJ School Class of '23 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.
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LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks in USNWR 2024 Top 10 best graduate schools

April 25, 2023
The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas ranked in the U.S. News & World (USNW) Report’s “Top 10” overall programs for the sixth consecutive year. The new ranking places the LBJ School in the top 3.7 percent of all public policy schools in the nation.