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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
Monday April 15, 2024, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
LBJ School - 1st Floor Lobby

The Livability for Longevity Symposium discusses the evolving challenges faced by municipal entities in providing for the needs of a rapidly aging population.

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Wednesday April 17, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School

Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary, Missing in Brooks County, which follows the journey of two families who come to look for their loved ones, only to find a mystery that deepens at every turn. The film is a potent reminder of the life and death consequences of our immigration system.

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Thursday April 18, 2024, 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School

Discover how downtowns play a crucial role in shaping the identity of a city, attracting residents, businesses, and tourists alike. Gain valuable insights into the strategies and innovations that can help revitalize and sustain these vibrant hubs for generations to come.

News & Research

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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.

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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.

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Texas continues to face child care accessibility crisis

March 20, 2024

Texas continues to grapple with a persistent challenge: providing accessible and high-quality child care at an affordable rate, as outlined in a recent policy brief by researchers at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The current shortfall not only affects working families but also impedes the state’s economic growth.