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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

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.

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Executive Master of Public Leadership Graduate Transforms Career with Enhanced Leadership Skills and Network

May 31, 2024

Nathan McDaniel ’24, a recent Executive Master of Public Leadership (EMPL) graduate at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, shares his experience and the profound impact the program has had on his development as a leader.

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Congratulations to the LBJ School's 53rd class of public policy leaders

May 14, 2024

The LBJ School of Public Affairs celebrated the academic achievements of its 53rd graduating class during a ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin. May 11th marked the culmination of rigorous study for 167 students with an audience of over 900 inside Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.