LBJ School of Public Affairs

Improving the quality of public service.

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs draws on the legacy of its namesake to empower the next “get it done” generation of public servants. Featuring a world-renowned, multidisciplinary faculty, a diverse and talented group of students, and the resources of UT Austin, we are well-placed to help shape public policy for the 21st century. Blending the academic with the practical, we equip you with the skills to be leaders in any sector, in any community, anywhere in the world.

Degree Programs

LBJ students in class.

Master of Public Affairs

Learn how to address critical public policy challenges in city, state and federal government, private businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Graduate student helping community members.

Master of Global Policy Studies

Prepare to become a leading policymaker with a global perspective in a program that emphasizes multidisciplinary coursework and applied learning.

LBJ Ph.D. graduates.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy

Work closely with faculty actively engaged in policy research in this explicitly research-oriented doctorate that emphasizes rigorous grounding in scientific theory and methodologies.

Executive students in classroom.

Executive Master in Public Leadership

Expand your career horizons and build your own personal brand of leadership with this 15-month program, which features classes on alternating weekends taught by premier faculty and seasoned practitioners.

 LBJ Alumna Jennifer Poulakidas in front of capitol

Washington Center

The LBJ School Washington Center provides students the extraordinary opportunity of living, working and earning a degree in our nation’s capital through an 18-month master's program focused on policymaking at a federal level.

Research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.


LBJ School faculty are addressing policy challenges with relevant, action-oriented research in areas such as the economy and public policy, international trade and development, and natural resources, energy and the environment.