The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
' mission is to develop leaders and ideas that will help the nation and the international community address critical public policy challenges in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Drawing upon a world-renown, 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.
In February 1965
, University of Texas
Board of Regents proposed to President Lyndon Johnson
and Mrs. Johnson
that the university build two different but complementary facilities. One would be a presidential library
for Johnson's papers, the other a school of public affairs. Agreement between the President
and the Board of Regents was reached in August 1965
Five years later—in September 1970—the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs began classes, although its building—and the adjacent LBJ Library building—would not be completed until the following spring. President Johnson, who had left office in 1969, chose not to be part of the new School's faculty or administration, but he interacted with early students through occasional visits to campus and through informal gatherings at his ranch in Johnson City. The development of the LBJ School's academic program was left in the hands of a visionary group of administrators and faculty headed by John Gronouski, a former Johnson Cabinet member.
The LBJ School originally offered only a two-year Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.) program, adding a mid-career M.P.Aff. program and dual degree master's programs in law and engineering during the 1970s. Over the next three decades, eleven additional dual degree programs were established, offering students an increasingly wider range of study options. A Ph.D. in Public Policy was also introduced in 1992, and a Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree was added for the fall 2008 semester.
The LBJ School offers three degree programs:
Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff)
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 nonprofit organizations. In addition, thirteen masters 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.
The program is organized so that formal coursework in theory and skills is reinforced by opportunities for practical application. For students who enter without substantial public service or administrative work experience, a required internship between the first and second years provides direct contact with the operating realities of government, non-profits, and advocacy organizations. Students may follow a general program of study or may specialize in one of seven policy areas. The regular program requires a total of 48 semester hours of credit.
In both the full-time and part-time regular program options, students may choose to specialize in any of seven policy areas:
Each specialization requires 15 credit hours of approved coursework, including a 3-hour professional Report in the second year.
All students enrolled either full-time or part-time in the regular program must complete the following requirements:
27 hours of common and flexible core courses:
21 hours of electives, selected from among the following:
- Advanced Topics in Public Policy
- Advanced Topics in Management
- Approved elective courses in other UT Austin departments
- Professional Report (Students pursuing a general program of study may take the 3-hour Professional Report course as an elective; students pursuing a specialization or dual degree are required to take the full course)
- 0-3 hours Internship (The Internship requirement can be waived if a student can provide documentation of comparable professional experience. The Internship can be taken either on a noncredit basis or for 3 hours credit as an elective.)
Dual Degree Programs
The LBJ School has joined with several other departments to create dual degree programs. All of these programs 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. The LBJ School has developed the following dual degree programs with other University of Texas departments and schools:
Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS)
The Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree is a path-breaking program designed to equip professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to be leaders in an increasingly interdependent world. The MGPS degree goes beyond traditional international affairs programs to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the complex economic, political, technological, and social issues of the 21st century. Graduates will become leaders in government, business, and international organizations by acquiring core professional skills and expertise tailored to the contemporary global environment.
The MGPS degree program builds on a core curriculum which includes:
- Policy making in a global age
- The Nature of the International System
- Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies
- Microeconomics for Global Policy Studies
- International Economics
- Crisis Management
- Policy research Projects
Students in the MGPS program specialize in one of six areas to add in-depth knowledge and skills tailored to different substantive areas of global policy practice:
- Security, Law, and Diplomacy
- International Trade and Finance
- Global Governance and International Law
- Energy, Environment, and Technology
- Regional International Policy
Alternatively, students may also custom design their academic program within the core philosophy and skills embedded in the MGPS degree All MGPS students have the opportunity to take traditional professional school courses as electives. The LBJ School is currently pursuing dual degree opportunities for MGPS students with a variety of departments across the UT campus, including the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geoscience, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), and the School of Law.
Ph.D. in Public Policy
The Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School is a research-oriented doctorate that emphasizes the use of interdisciplinary theoretical and research paradigms in analyzing public policies. Each Ph.D. student follows a program of coursework tailored to his or her individual needs and aims. Students are expected to participate full time in the program for at least the first two years. During that time they take courses in the LBJ School Ph.D. core sequence and in their area of specialization and complete qualifying exams. After successfully completing these requirements, students form supervising committees for their Ph.D. dissertations and devote the remainder of their time in the program to conducting research and writing the dissertation.
The LBJ School prides itself on the quality of research that is produced by it faculty. Most faculty members are associated with one or more of the research center LBJ hosts, each of which was given its charge on the request of Lyndon Johnson when the school was founded more than thirty years ago.
Notable Faculty Members
The LBJ School hosts a number of noteworthy faculty members on both a permanent and visiting basis:
- James B. Steinberg, Dean, former Deputy National Security Advisor (1997-2001)
- James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government; Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress (1981-1982)
- Edwin Dorn, Professor of Public Affairs; Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (1994-1997); Assistant Secretary of Defense (1993-1994);
- Charles Groat, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Energy and Mineral Resources and interim Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences; Professor of Geological Sciences and Public Affairs; and former Director of the US Geological Survey (1998-2005)
- Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.), Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (1987-1990); Director of the National Security Agency (1976-1981); Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (1981-1982)
- Jeanne Lambrew, Associate Professor of Public Affairs; Associate Director for Health, Personnel, and Veterans, Office of Management and Budget (2000-2001); Senior Health Policy Analyst, National Economic Council, The White House (1997-2000)
- Laurence E. Lynne, Jr., Research Professor; Assistant Secretary for Program Development and Budget, U. S. Department of the Interior (1973-1974); Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, (1971-1973); Assistant for Programs to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, National Security Council, (1969-1970); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Resource Analysis, U.S. Department of Defense, (1968-1969)
- Benjamin Sasse, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs; Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation (2007-present)
- Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs; Emmy Award winning documentary film maker
- Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance; Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor (2004-2006); Special Assistant to the President for Policy, Office of Chief of Staff, The White House (2003-2004); Special Assistant to the Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (2001-2003)
These are the school's alumni chapters:
- Austin Alumni Chapter
- Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter (WALSAC)
Commencement speakers 1972-2008
- 1972 - Allen E. Pritchard, Jr., incoming Vice President, National League of Cities
- 1973 - J. J. "Jake" Pickle, U.S. Congressman from Texas; member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
- 1974 - Richard W. Bolling, U.S. Congressman from Missouri; Chairman of the House Rules Committee.
- 1975 - Renell Parkins, Professor of Architecture and Planning, UT Austin
- 1976 - Alice M. Rivlin, Director, Congressional Budget Office.
- 1977 - Kenneth E. Boulding, Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder; 1976-77 Distinguished Visiting Tom Slick Professor of World Peace, LBJ School
- 1978 - James C. Wright, Jr., U.S. Congressman from Texas who served as House Majority Leader from 1976-1987 and later as Speaker of the House from 1987-1989.
- 1979 - Barbara Jordan, former U.S. Congresswoman from Texas.
- 1980 - Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Carter Administration; former Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson.
- 1981 - Walter E. Mondale, former Vice President of the United States.
- 1982 - Robert S. Strauss, former Special U.S. Representative for Trade Negotiations; former Chairman, Democratic National Committee.
- 1983 - Henry Cisneros, Mayor of San Antonio.
- 1984 - G. Alexander Heard, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University; Chairman of the Board, Ford Foundation.
- 1985 - Bill Moyers, editor, correspondent, and news analyst, CBS News; former Special Assistant to the President and Press Secretary to President Lyndon Johnson.
- 1986 - Gary Hart, U.S. Senator from Colorado
- 1987 - James C. Wright, Jr., U.S. Congressman from Texas who served as House Majority Leader from 1976-1987 and later as Speaker of the House from 1987-1989.
- 1988 - Yvonne B. Burke, Director, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank; former U.S. Congresswoman from California.
- 1989 - Chase Untermeyer, White House Presidential Personnel Director, George H. W. Bush Administration
- 1990 - Corrado Pirzio-Biroli, Deputy Head of the European Community Delegation, Washington, D.C.
- 1991 - Ann Richards, Governor of Texas.
- 1992 - William F. Winter, former Governor of Mississippi.
- 1993 - Richard Lamm, former Governor of Colorado.
- 1994 - William Greider, author and journalist.
- 1995 - Ellen Malcolm, Founder and President of EMILY's List.
- 1996 - Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas.
- 1997 - Jack Rosenthal, Editor, the New York Times Magazine.
- 1998 - Paul Begala, Staff Adviser to President Bill Clinton.
- 1999 - Kenneth S. Apfel, U.S. Commissioner of Social Security; LBJ School Class of 1978.
- 2000 - Judith A. Winston, Under Secretary and General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; former Director, President Clinton's initiative on race.
- 2001 - James Carville, political strategist/consultant.
- 2002 - George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.
- 2003 - Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor of PBS' Washington Week.
- 2004 - Liz Carpenter, former Press Secretary for Lady Bird Johnson.
- 2005 - Don Evans, 34th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
- 2006 - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.
- 2007 - Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and Host of Face the Nation.
- 2008 - Vernon E. Jordan Jr., esteemed lawyer, civil rights leader, and advisor to President Bill Clinton.
The LBJ School is currently ranked 14th by U.S. News & World Report
in its March 2008 rankings of public affairs schools, down from 9th in 2004, 7th in 2002 and 5th in 1998.
- Kenneth S. Apfel, M.P.Aff., 1978 - Commissioner of the Social Security Administration from 1997 until his term ended in January 2001.
- John Bartle, M.P.Aff., 1983 – Director, School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
- Diane Begala, M.P.Aff., 1984 – Director of the National Cable Television Association and wife of Paul Begala.
- Sheila Beckett, M.P.Aff., 1977 – Resident Budget Advisor to the Republic of Serbia, US Department of Treasury.
- Blaine Bull, M.P.Aff., 1982 – Founding partner of the communications firms Vianovo and Public Strategies; former Legislative Director for US Senator Llyod Bentsen.
- Crawford Bunkley, M.P.Aff., 1978 – Senior Public Affairs Representative, ExxonMobil.
- John Campbell, M.P.Aff., 1983 – Executive Director of The Interacademy Council.
- Tim Delaney, M.P.Aff., 1983 – Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona.
- Rodney Ellis, M.P.Aff., 1977 - Texas State Senator.
- Ed Emmett, M.P.Aff., 1974 – Harris County, Texas Judge; Founder of The Emmett Company; former Texas State Representative (1979-1987).
- Luis Espino, M.P.Aff., 2003 - Presidential Speechwriter (2007-Present).
- Gabriel Fidel, M.P.Aff., 1993 - Tourism Secretary, Mendoza Province, Argentina.
- Bob Farley, M.P.Aff., 1977 – President of Economic Development for Angelou Economics.
- Sam Faubian, M.P.Aff., 1976 – Director of Council Relations at the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Rafael Fernandez de Castro, M.P.Aff., 1986 – Special Advisor for Policy and Immigration to Mexican President Felipe Calderón; founder of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Technologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
- Jorge Garces, M.P.Aff., 1977 – Managing Director and CEO of the North American Development Bank.
- Andrew Gilmour, M.P.Aff., 1989 – U.S. NADREP, US Mission to NATO.
- Leo Gomez, M.P.Aff., 1989 – Vice President of Public Affairs for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
- Jan Hart-Black, M.P.Aff., 1975 – President of the Dallas, Texas Chamber of Commerce.
- Andrea Kane, M.P.Aff., 1985 - Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President Clinton.
- Richard Kinscherff, M.P.Aff., 1985 – Vice President of Finance for The Boeing Company.
- Preston Lee, M.P.Aff., 1985 – Director of Industry Relations, Corporate Relations, and Housing Outreach for Fannie Mae.
- Kim Lemon, M.P.Aff., 1985 – Senior Vice President for Research & Trade Marketing at the Showtime Network.
- Kenneth Leoncyzk, M.P.Aff., 1977 – Senior Vice President, Public Finance for Bank of America.
- Brewster McCracken, M.P.Aff., Dual Degree with UT Law, 1995 – Austin, Texas City Council Member.
- Nan McRaven, M.P.Aff., 1976 – Texas State Director for The Trust for Public Land.
- David Nielsen, M.P.Aff., 1990 - Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- John Opperman, PhD., M.P.Aff, 1982 – Vice President for Policy and Planning, Texas Tech University.
- Bill Owens, M.P.Aff., 1975 – Former Governor of Colorado.
- Steve Palmer, M.P.Aff., 1980 – Vice President of Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc.; former Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the US Department of Transportation.
- Hector Robles Peiro, PhD, Ph.D., 2006 - Councilmen of the municipality of Zapopan , Jalisco, Mexico; for the period beginning on the 1st of January 2007 until his term ends in January 2010.
- Susan Rieff, M.P.Aff., 1980 – Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
- Javier Rodriguez, M.P.Aff., 1985 – US District Judge, Western District of Texas.
- Austin Smythe, M.P.Aff., 1980 – Executive Associate Director, Office of Management and Budget, the White House.
- James Taylor, M.P.Aff., 1988 – Partner of Vianovo communications firm, founding director of Public Strategies, former Special Assistant to US Senator Lloyd Bentsen.
- Margo Weisz, M.P.Aff., 1994 - Executive Director of the PeopleFund.