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LBJ School Washington center  - A career in Washington is only 18 months away

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.

Tom O'Donnell is the Center's inaugural Director, having served previously in the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Human Rights Campaign, several Presidential campaigns, and as a law firm public policy partner. 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 >



Why LBJ?

I came to the LBJ School so I could be part of change agents—folks that thought like me, that were just as passionate as I was, that could feed my passion, but also give me some direction as to how I could do the most good for the most people back in my community. Johnie Jones – Deputy Chief of Staff, Rural Development, USDA​, MPAff 2011







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. During their first year in Austin, students will enroll in the regular first-year curriculum in the MPAff or MGPS programs, with some special programs to provide DC-bound students with additional background on policy making at the federal level.

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 program in Washington, D.C., will include 1) a 6-month Monday-to-Thursday apprenticeship with a public agency, Congressional staff, non-profit agency or other institution engaged in public policy and 2) core courses conducted on Fridays and Saturdays geared toward the essentials of policymaking at the federal level, including such topics as the roles of Congress and the Executive Branch, federal budgeting, and the role of foundations, think tanks, and advocacy groups in the policy ecosystem.

The Washington experience will also include a speaker series, to give students an opportunity to meet with senior policy makers in a small-group setting, and a mentorship program that pairs each student with a distinguished LBJ School graduate working in the student’s field of interest. Students will graduate in Washington, D.C. in December upon the completion of the 18-month program.


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