The LBJ Advantage

LBJ students

See what makes the LBJ School unique.

We are the only public policy school tied to a top-tier research university, a presidential library, a state capital and a foreign border.

Location matters when choosing where to study the public sphere, because being up close and personally involved with policymaking is vital. The state of Texas and city of Austin—plus the LBJ Washington Center—provide a complete governmental learning laboratory. 

The University of Texas at Austin

The LBJ School is an integral part of UT Austin, a Tier I public research university; the interplay between the school and university multiplies the networks that every fully engaged faculty member brings to this campus. The opportunity to learn with students from many different disciplines enriches one’s education as well as one’s professional networks.


The largest state in the lower 48, Texas is a policy powerhouse, a breeding ground for the most important challenges facing our country. Its civic discourse represents a broad range of political perspectives and a rich environment for engagement and analysis. As a border state with Mexico, it offers a blend of different cultures and socioeconomics, and its proximity to South America, a growing force in global dynamics, extends its international reach.


Austin is one of the fastest-growing and dynamic cities in the nation, with the highest U.S. concentration of millennials. The vibrant city has long attracted innovative business and organizations and fosters a culture of entrepreneurship and creative collaboration. As the home of the state Legislature, it provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to gain hands-on policy experience.

LBJ Presidential Library

The LBJ School and its students are connected via an imposing granite plaza to the LBJ Presidential Library, whose vast historical archives are an amazing resource for our students. It is one of 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Washington Presence

The DC Concentration in MPAff and MGPS provides students the extraordinary opportunity of living, working and earning a degree in our nation’s capital through a unique 15-month degree program focused on federal public policy.