Become a federal policy leader in Washington DC | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The LBJ School offers two pathways to policy leadership in our nation’s capital: the first is a 15-month DC Concentration within the MPAff and MGPS degree programs, and the second is the option to study foreign policy in DC for one semester. Learn more about opportunities to live, study and work in Washington DC.

15-month DC Concentration for Master’s students

Both the Master of Public Affairs and Master of Global Policy Studies offer a 15-month DC Concentration for those interested in working in the federal policy sphere. Offered through the LBJ Washington Center, students take evening classes taught by experts and scholars working in Washington. By day, students work as policy professionals at a required policy apprenticeship. DC students spend their first year in Austin taking foundational coursework before they move to Washington DC for their final summer and fall semesters. The 15-month DC Concentration for MPAff and MGPS students is perfect for the aspiring policy professional who wants a career at the national or global level.

Learn more about the DC Concentration.

Foreign Policy Semester for second and third year students  

Second and third year MPAff and MGPS students can participate in an immersive spring foreign policy semester in DC through the LBJ Washington Center. Students commit to the program the prior year (Applications are due Jan. 15). This semester in DC is the perfect option for students who want experience in our nation’s capital for an edge in their job search or to round out their policy experience.

Learn more about the LBJ School’s Foreign Policy Semester in DC.

What students say about the LBJ Washington Center

"I'm thriving," says LBJ DC student Da'Shon Carr

Carr isn’t new to Washington, but she’s having a new experience in the city she once called home thanks to a supportive network and courses that offer immediate real-world application. 

"LBJ DC has been the best choice for me." 

Sarah Morningred has long dreamt of working for the federal government. She says the LBJ Washington Center has been a front door to opportunities in the nation’s capital. 

Federal policy immersion at LBJ's Washington Center

After a decade of experience in state and local government, government affairs professional Eric Bustos packed his bags to live, study and work in the nation’s capital.

Have questions about the LBJ Washington Center? Connect with its associate director Robin Boone at