Public Management and Leadership | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Public Management and Leadership

Public Management and Leadership

The LBJ School’s Office of Conferences & Training is now offering a course on practical management and leadership skills to include topical lectures, networking and events and more.

“My biggest ‘takeaway’ will be the differences between people—how to know them better, how to work with them better and how to make a better work environment as a direct result of it.”

The Public Management and Leadership experience aims to teach practical and technical skills about public management, leadership, strategic planning and communication to students who are earning an advanced degree in public administration at a foreign university. Students will be exposed to differing views, philosophies and cultural approaches to issues, helping these future leaders to engage in and implement actionable solutions to local, domestic and international problems.

This program is a step toward forming relationships of great depth, respect and understanding. The overall goal is to create a future global class of educated diplomats, policymakers, researchers, business people and volunteers bound by a common foundation.

Who Should Attend Where and When
Public policy or public affairs graduate students at foreign universities or emerging leaders in the public, nonprofit or private sector. Austin, Texas, from July 2018
Tuition How to Apply
Price TBD, will include 13 nights of private accommodations, two meals per day, instructional materials and special excursions. Does NOT include airfare, visa application fees, or other expenses. Send a curriculum vitae, letter of interest and two letters of recommendation to

Who Should Apply?

This program was established five years ago and has had more than 70 graduates representing more than seven countries. We bring together students from a variety of countries and aim to create a truly global collaboration between international students.

The ideal candidate is a graduate student in public policy or public affairs with some real-world work experience or an emerging leader in the public, nonprofit or private sector. In addition, he or she will possess:

  • A continuous growth mindset
  • A willingness to challenge what they know and how they do things
  • An ability to contribute to and learn from peers
  • A passion for serving the public good
  • An openness to diverse viewpoints

Topics and Events

Topical areas covered by experts in their fields will include:

  • Organizational culture
  • Strategic planning
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Advocacy
  • Decision making
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethics
  • Personal management and leadership inventories
  • Working in teams

The program will also provide special networking and events and excursions to participants, such as:

  • Visit to the Texas State Capitol
  • Welcome reception at the LBJ School
  • Graduation dinner at the University of Texas Club
  • Saturday excursion to the LBJ Ranch and surrounding Texas Hill Country
  • Scenic boat cruise on Lady Bird Lake
  • Additional team building experiences

Program Requirements and Application Details

To enroll in the program, students must demonstrate:

  • Fluency in English
  • Proof of medical insurance valid in the U.S.*
  • TOEFL score* (550 paper test, 79 internet test or overall band of 6.5 on IELTS are minimum acceptable scores for this program)

*Must be received 30 days prior to the commencement of the program

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, letter of interest and two letters of recommendation submitted to Applications are reviewed and decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive notification of acceptance within 30 days of completed application receipt.


“I can’t begin to tell you what an influence the program has had on my life. I find I’ve learned so much about myself, I incorporate so many lessons from the program in my research and teaching and I’m able to clearly set goals for myself. I also discovered a lifelong friend from the U.S. and we’ve been in touch almost every single day since the program, which is more than I ever expected. I hope you continue to teach and inspire.”

“In all honesty, it was one of the best experiences in my life.”

“This program has greatly improved my eagerness to face challenges as a person by giving me greater understanding of myself, my strengths and my goals in life. I go back to a turbulent world with a firm grasp on what I believe, how to get there and why it matters.”