Welcome to the website for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Since our founding in 1970, the LBJ School has built a proud tradition of public service and cutting-edge research on the most important public policy challenges of our time.
The School's mission is to develop leaders and ideas that will help our state, the nation and the international community address critical public policy challenges in an ever increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Drawing upon a world-renowned, multidisciplinary faculty, a diverse and talented group of masters' and Ph.D. students and the resources of The University of Texas at Austin, one of the world's leading research universities, the LBJ School is well-placed to help shape public policy for the 21st century. We are truly at the intersection of knowledge and action.
After 40 years of education and service, the LBJ School has awarded 3,536 master's degrees and, since 1996, 53 doctorates. Our alumni have made their marks in elective office and key policy and management positions, in government and in the private and nonprofit sectors, as well. They are leaders in our community, our state, our nation and in the international community.
As you explore this site, you will see a broad array of academic and research programs, including our policy and research centers, that have contributed to our global reputation in health and social policy, international affairs and trade, technology policy, leadership, economics, energy and environment, and public and nonprofit management. Our success is directly attributable to forging strong relationships and partnerships with public policymakers, businesses, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, the press and governments at all levels.
Perhaps no sentiment better expresses our aspirations than the words of our founder, President Lyndon B. Johnson, early in the School's history, ". . . when I came home [to Texas] I thought that the greatest contribution that we could make to preserving freedom in our land—a society that would give us the fruits of life as we should have them—would be to prepare and equip people to serve their fellow man, and that is what public affairs is and that's what it means."