Executive Master in Public Leadership | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Executive Master of Public Leadership

For Leaders. By Leaders. The LBJ School's Executive Master of Public Leadership prepares nonprofit and public professionals for senior leadership. Learn to lead organizations and people through substantial in-person coursework, interaction with high-performing leaders and simulations. 

Applications Open in October 2022 for May 2023 Start Date​ 


Preparing you to lead

Hit the ground running with skills in:

  • Public leadership
  • Value-driven decision making
  • Inclusive organizational development
  • Strategic Communications
  • Personal Brand Development
  • Negotiation
  • Crisis Management
  • Financial Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Policymaking
Nearly 70% of EMPL graduates said they had been promoted since starting the program (2022 EMPL Survey)



Why LBJ?

  • Compatible with full time work
  • Immediate real-world application
  • 12-month, in-person program
  • Personalized leadership plan
  • Ranked high for quality and cost
  • Small class size
  • Mentorship pairing
  • Powerful alumni network

"The EMPL program has been invaluable. It gave me the skills that launched me into senior management, and I continue to use what I learned in EMPL on a daily basis." (2022 EMPL Survey)

Leadership starts here

Graduates of EMPL are leaders at public and nonprofit organizations.

What do they do?
They hold positions as presidents, vice presidents, vice chancellors, C-suite executives, fire chiefs, media and governmental affairs leaders,  chairs of nonprofit boards, and directors, and  in public and appointed office.

Where do they work?
They work in education, local, county and statewide government, and nonprofits. Organizations include:

  • City of Austin
  • City of Santa Fe
  • The University of Texas System
  • Round Rock Independent School District 
  • Austin PBS Austin Parks Foundation
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Think tanks
  • State agencies
  • Habitat for Humanity Texas