President Lyndon B. Johnson dominated Washington politics for more than 20 years and left a lasting legacy of getting things done. The LBJ School is bringing LBJ back to Washington to empower a new “get it done” generation to bring LBJ’s brand of bipartisan policymaking back to our nation’s heart.
The LBJ School Washington Center* will provide students the extraordinary opportunity of living, working and earning a degree in our nation’s capital. The Washington Center will empower a new generation to take on effective leadership roles in public service on the federal stage with a unique 18-month federal policy curriculum.
The program is designed specifically for students with domestic and international policy interests who wish to establish a career in the nation's capital. The program will also include a 6-month apprenticeship with a public or non-profit agency with a goal of getting students into the workforce a full semester earlier than traditional programs and better prepared for the rigorous D.C. policy environment.
The LBJ School, among the top graduate public affairs schools in the nation, will provide students the option of a Master of Public Affairs or Master of Global Policy Studies degree with a specifically tailored curriculum.
In the creation of the Washington Center, the LBJ School has formed a Founding Committee, which includes: Robert Allbritton, Bill Archer, the Honorable Ben Barnes, the Honorable Tom Daschle, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, Luci Baines Johnson, Joe O’Neill, and Lynda Johnson Robb. Learn More >
*Pending final approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
One-year in Austin
Students will begin the program at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin for the first phase of the program, receiving a rigorous analytical and theoretical foundation in public policy as well as an understanding of policy issues at the local, state and national levels.
Due to its size and demographics, Texas is a laboratory where new policy ideas are being incubated for the rest of the nation and Austin is at the heart of that political process. Austin is also a city with booming non-profit and technology sectors and is home to one of the nation’s top public universities, The University of Texas at Austin.
Six Months in Washington:
The Washington portion of the program would include a 6-month, Monday-to-Thursday apprenticeship with a public or non-profit agency and course work on Fridays and Saturdays geared toward the essentials of policymaking at the federal level. Students will gain real-world experience, academic and research acumen, and acquire the necessary skills to excel professionally in the DC policy environment.