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The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin offers a comprehensive program of training for public affairs-related careers in government, business and nonprofit organizations. The LBJ School offers a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) program; a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) program; and an 18-month DC Concentration (MPAff and MGPS). The Ph.D. in Public Policy program offers advanced study in policy research and analysis, and the Executive Master in Public Leadership (EMPL) is designed for working professionals focused on public and nonprofit leadership. Dual degree programs within MPAff and MGPS allow students to broaden their academic experience and enhance their careers by earning two complementary master’s degrees.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Affairs (MPAff)
Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS)
DC Concentration (MPAff and MGPS)
Ph.D. in Public Policy
Executive Master in Public Leadership

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Criminal Justice Policy Management
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Students can earn a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree, a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree, a mid-career Executive Master in Public Leadership (EMPL) degree, any of 17 dual degree programs, or a Ph.D. in Public Policy. The DC Concentration, through the LBJ School’s Washington Center, is an immersive 18-month course of accelerated study and work focused on both domestic and international federal policymaking.

The MPAff program combines 48 semester-hours of formal coursework in theory and analytical skills with practical application via a required summer internship in a government, nonprofit or advocacy organization. The core curriculum satisfies 27 of those hours; the remainder are electives. Students must also participate in a policy research project and write a master’s professional report or thesis. The MGPS program focuses on international policymaking, and students supplement the core curriculum with at least 15 credits toward an existing or customized specialization, as well as nine elective credits either at the LBJ School or across the university.

LBJ DC Fellows spend their first two semesters in Austin following a slightly customized version of the traditional first-year MPAff or MGPS curriculum, then move to Washington, DC, to pursue Policy Apprenticeships for 32 hours per week during the summer and fall semesters of their second year, in addition to taking core academic courses focusing on federal policymaking.

The Ph.D. degree program is a research-oriented doctorate that emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary paradigms in analyzing public policies. During the first two years in the program, students take courses in the LBJ School's Ph.D. core sequence and in their area of specialization. Most students take their qualifying exams during the fourth semester. After completing these requirements, each student forms a dissertation committee and devotes the rest of the time in the program to putting together a dissertation proposal for oral defense and then to conducting research and writing the dissertation.

Admissions Deadline

Master's Early Funding Deadline: Dec. 15th
PhD Final Deadline: Dec. 15th
Master's Final Deadline: March 15th

Admissions Overview

Application materials required for the LBJ School: the web-based ApplyTexas application; a personal statement of purpose; three letters of recommendation; a current resume; GRE scores (TOEFL scores for international applicants) and undergraduate transcripts; and fees: $65 for U.S. students, $90 for international students. To view all application requirements by program, please visit: https://lbj.utexas.edu/how-apply

Contact: [email protected]

Contact Information

University of Texas at Austin, 2315 Red River Street, Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
Austin, TX

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