PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of Texas at Austin

The Lyndon B. Johnson
School of Public Affairs


The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a graduate component of The University of Texas at Austin, offers a comprehensive program of training for public affairs-related careers in government, business and nonprofit organizations. Most students in the LBJ School are enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.) degree program, which provides professional training in public policy analysis and public administration and management. The Ph.D. in Public Policy program offers advanced study in policy research and analysis.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Affairs
Master of Global Policy Studies
Ph.D. in Public Policy

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

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
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

Area Studies

Africa, Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe/Russia, Latin America, Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

Students may earn the M.P.Aff. degree by completing any of ten program options: the regular master's program, the mid-career program, or any of eight dual degree programs. Most enroll in the regular program, which involves two years in residence and a required summer internship. Whatever the route selected, all students take seven courses in the core sequence, participate in at least one policy research project, and write a master's professional report or thesis. The remainder of the curriculum consists of policy electives that vary according to the student's program option. The emphasis throughout the program is on mastery of problem-solving skills and management principles that underlie successful performance in a public policy environment. Students interested in pursuing two master's degrees simultaneously may choose from eight dual degree programs that lead to the Master of Public Affairs degree and a second advanced degree in a related discipline. 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

January 15

Admissions Overview

The admissions committee is made up of five faculty members and two graduating students, who read and discuss all applications in weekly meetings. Application materials required for the LBJ School are: The LBJ School application; three personal statements, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and copies of GRE scores and undergraduate transcripts. Original transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center, along with their web-based application and a check for $50.

Contact Information

University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
Austin, Texas
(512) 471-0291

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