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Know-how to change the world

Our Degree Programs

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Bachelor of Public Affairs

A degree that prepares graduates with skills in leadership, policy analysis and organizational management for a career in public service at every level, from city hall to Capitol Hill. 


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
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

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LBJ School launches Bachelor of Public Affairs degree

July 11, 2024

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is launching its first undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Public Affairs. Building on the school’s world-renowned graduate education program, the new program will serve as the school’s premier offering for undergraduate students, focused on skills in leadership, policy analysis, data analytics, communication and organizational management for a career in public service.

Students of the LBJ School attend an immersive course in May through the Patman Center

The Patman Center hosts an immersive May term course for LBJ School students in D.C.

June 24, 2024

The Patman Center for Civic and Political Engagement hosted a group of Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs students in Washington, D.C. for a May term course.

EMPL Cohort 10

Meet Cohort 10: The LBJ School’s Newest Class of Executive Master of Public Leadership Students

June 7, 2024

The LBJ School of Public Affairs proudly welcomes the newest cohort of Executive Master of Public Leadership (EMPL) students.