LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks top 10 in 2023 USNWR best grad schools

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March 29, 2021

Seven LBJ programs are top ranked, with three in the top 10

AUSTIN, Texas, March 29, 2022 — The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has ranked in the top 10 among graduate public affairs schools in the nation for the fifth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2023 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released Tuesday morning.

LBJ School 2023 USNWR rankings

Seven LBJ programs are top ranked, with three in the top 10: Overall (#10), Environmental Policy & Management (#9) and International/Global Policy & Administration (#9). Two other specialties, Public Policy Analysis (#15) and Social Policy (#18), made gains as well. LBJ also ranked in Public Management & Leadership (#21), and held steady in Nonprofit Management (#23). U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings are among the most widely regarded ratings in higher education.


  • Overall: #10
  • Environmental Policy & Management: #9
  • International/Global Policy & Administration: #9
  • Public Policy Analysis: #15
  • Social Policy: #18
  • Public Management & Leadership: #21
  • Nonprofit Management: #23

"I'm proud that the LBJ School remains in the top 10. Most of all, I'm proud of our amazing faculty, students, alumni and staff." —LBJ School Dean JR DeShazo

The rankings of public affairs programs are based solely on peer assessment survey results. In fall 2021 and early 2022, U.S. News surveyed deans, directors and department chairs representing 270 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.



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