2022 USNWR best grad schools: LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks #7 | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The LBJ School moved up from the #8 spot and secured new specialty rankings.

AUSTIN, Texas, March 30, 2021 — The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 7 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2022 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released Tuesday morning.

The LBJ School gained overall, moving up from the No. 8 spot in the 2021 rankings. The LBJ School remains the #1 public policy graduate school in Texas.

The school also made gains in specialty areas, moving up one spot to rank #15 in Public Management and Leadership and securing new rankings in Environmental Policy and Management (#14) and Public Finance and Budgeting (#25).

U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings are among the most widely regarded ratings in higher education.

The LBJ School’s rankings include:


  • Overall: #7 (previously #8)
  • Environmental Policy and Management: #14
  • International Global Policy and Administration: #10
  • Nonprofit Management: #23
  • Public Finance and Budgeting: #25
  • Public Management and Leadership: #15
  • Public Policy Analysis: #18
  • Social Policy: #21

The rankings of public affairs programs are based solely on peer assessment survey results. In fall 2020 and early 2021, U.S. News surveyed deans, directors and department chairs representing 285 master's programs in public affairs and administration. The lists of schools, individuals surveyed and specialty areas evaluated were provided by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). More on USNWR's rankings methodology.



About the LBJ School of Public Affairs
The LBJ School, ranked No. 7 in the nation among graduate public affairs schools, makes a difference, not only within the walls of academia, but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Contributing viable solutions to society is the LBJ School's legacy and its benchmark. Its effectiveness in channeling the purpose and passion of students into professional careers is evident in the success of more than 4,500 graduates who are the living legacy of President Johnson's bold and fearless action. The University of Texas at Austin is home to the LBJ School. For more, visit lbj.utexas.edu.




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