Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Type Public
Established 1970
Parent institution
The University of Texas
Endowment $43.5 million (December 31, 2015)[1] + $157 million in the LBJ Foundation [2]
Dean Angela Evans
Academic staff
Students 317 (Spring 2014) (215 MPAff, 102 MGPS)[4]
Location Austin, Texas, United States
Affiliations APSIA

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (or LBJ School of Public Affairs) is a graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin that was founded in 1970 to offer professional training in public policy analysis and administration for students interested in pursuing careers in government and public affairs-related areas of the private and nonprofit sectors. Degree programs include a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff), a mid-career MPAff sequence, 16 MPAff dual degree programs,[6] a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS), eight MGPS dual degree programs,[7] an Executive Master of Public Leadership,[8] and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.[9]


LBJ School exterior shot

The LBJ School offers a Master of Public Affairs program in public policy analysis and administration that prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in government, business, and non-profit organizations. In addition, 16 master's-level dual degree programs blend public affairs study with specialized professions or area studies and are structured so that students can earn the Master of Public Affairs degree and a second degree in less time than it would take to earn them separately."[10] Program offerings include a traditional Master of Public Affairs program, a mid-career master's program, seventeen master's-level programs leading to dual degrees including: Advertising; Asian Studies; Business Administration; Communication Studies; Energy and Earth Resources; Engineering; Information Studies; Journalism; Latin American Studies; Law; Middle Eastern Studies; Public Health; Radio, Television, Film; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Social Work; and Women's and Gender Studies. The school also offers a Ph. D. in Public Policy. Master's students have the option to specialize in one of seven areas: international affairs; natural resources and the environment; nonprofit and philanthropic studies; public leadership and management; social and economic policy; technology, innovation, and information policy; or urban and state affairs. As of 2011-2012, the LBJ School has graduated 3,508 master's degree students since its first inaugural class of 1972, as well as 56 Ph.D. students from 1992 to August 2013.[11][12]

In 2008, the LBJ School also introduced a Master of Global Policy Studies that offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex economic, political, technological, and social issues of the 21st century. Program offerings include specializations in the areas of security, law and diplomacy; international trade and finance; development; global governance and international law; energy, environment, and technology; regional international policy, and customized specializations. Program offerings include ten dual degree programs with the following programs: Asian Studies; Business; Energy and Earth Resources; Information Studies; Journalism; Latin American Studies; Law; Middle Eastern Studies; Public Health; and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

The school also offers a Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship and a Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies.[13]

The school also sponsors a variety of non-degree programs for public affairs professionals.[14]

In 2013, the LBJ School launched a new Executive Master in Public Leadership for mid-career professionals. The first of its kind in Texas, the EMPL at the LBJ School of Public Affairs is a blending of rigorous academic studies and practical learning.


The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is committed to improving the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. The school's goals are to: Prepare students and professionals, from a variety of backgrounds, for leadership positions in public service by providing educational opportunities grounded in theory, ethics, analytical skills, and practice; Produce interdisciplinary research to advance our understanding of complex problems facing society and to seek creative solutions for addressing them; Promote effective public policy and management practice by maintaining a presence in scholarly and policy communities and in the popular media; and Foster civic engagement by providing a forum for reasoned discussion and debate on issues of public concern.[15]


The LBJ School of Public Affairs also features five research centers dedicated to finding practical, innovative solutions to public problems and to deepening our understanding of the public policy process. Many of the School's centers also sponsor a range of other activities, including conferences, workshops, and publications.[16]

Center for Politics and Governance

The Center for Politics and Governance is dedicated to producing leaders and ideas to improve the political process and governance through innovative teaching, research and programming combining academics and the real world.[17]

Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources

The Ray Marshall Center is a university-based research center dedicated to strengthening education, workforce, and social policies and programs that affect current and future generations of American workers. The Center partners with a range of stakeholders to conduct timely, relevant research and to translate that research into effective policies and programs. The Center’s activities and services include: Program evaluation, including process and implementation, impact and benefit/cost analysis; Survey research;Labor market analysis; Program design and development; Training and technical assistance.[18]

In addition, the Center serves as a training ground for the next generation of researchers and policymakers by offering stimulating work and research opportunities to graduate and post-graduate students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) studies how health and social policy can be improved and designs and conducts rigorous and innovative research that advances policymaking and health, economic and social program outcomes. A hallmark of the research, education and outreach efforts of CHASP faculty, staff and students is their direct connection to public sector initiatives, agencies and policymakers who are working to address pressing health, economic and social needs that have not been confronted on this large scale since the 1960s.[19]

RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

RGK Center logo

The mission of the RGK Center is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities. The Center's research addresses pressing issues in philanthropy, nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship, and global civil society. The Center trains students through a university-wide graduate program in nonprofit studies and engages the world of practice through executive programs tailored to the needs of seasoned professionals in the field.[20]

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin provides the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is designed to be a new kind of institution, one that engages the best minds in academia, government and the private sector in developing practical solutions to the pressing problems of an increasingly globalized world.[21]

Student initiatives

The Baines Report logo

The Baines Report is the officially-sponsored student publication of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Led by students, the Baines Report publishes student opinion pieces and event coverage for the LBJ School.

Alumni chapters

These are the schools alumni chapters:[23]

Commencement speakers 1972-2014


The LBJ School is currently ranked 11th among public policy schools in 2016[26] by U.S. News & World Report, down from 9th in 2004, 7th in 2002 and 5th in 1998, but up from 16th in 2012.[27][28][29]

List of deans


  1. John A. Gronouski (September 1969September 1974)
  2. William B. Cannon (October 1974January 1977)
  3. Alan K. Campbell (February 1977April 1977)
  4. Elspeth Rostow (April 1977May 1983)
  5. Max Sherman (July 1983May 1997)
  6. Edwin Dorn (Summer 1997December 2004)
  7. Bobby Ray Inman (January 2005December 2005)
  8. James B. Steinberg[31] (January 2006January 2009)
  9. Bobby Ray Inman (January 2009March 2010)
  10. Robert Hutchings (March 2010September 2015)[32]
  11. Angela Evans (January 2016)[33]

Notable alumni

See also

List of facilities named after Lyndon Johnson


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  11. "A Brief History of the LBJ School of Public Affairs". University of Texas.
  22. LBJ School - News & Publications - Great Society Fund
  24. UChannel - 2007 LBJ School Commencement Address
  25. LBJ School - News & Publications - Vernon Jordan to Deliver Spring Convocation Address
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  27. "Fast Facts About the LBJ School". Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2006-05-24.
  28. "Turning Thirty: Curriculum Changes Over the Past Three Decades of the LBJ School MPAff Program" (PDF). Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 2002. Retrieved 2006-05-24.
  29. "LBJ School of Public Affairs". UT-Austin Office of Public Affairs. March 18, 1999. Retrieved 2006-05-24.
  30. "A 30th Anniversary Timeline". Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. May 22, 2002. Retrieved 2006-05-24.
  31. LBJ School - Faculty - James B. Steinberg
  35. LBJ School News Brief
  36. PeopleFund ~ Achieving social & economic equality through strategic investment :: Our Staff
  37. Economia e Negócios

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