The LBJ School Goes to Washington


For more than four decades, UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has been preparing future policy wonks, government leaders, nonprofit heads, and other public service types on the Forty Acres. Thousands of the school’s alumni go on to government careers in Washington, D.C.—and now they can train there, too. Today the LBJ School announced a new master’s degree program that will include a 6-month apprenticeship at the new LBJ School Washington Center.

“We are very proud to be able to say that LBJ is returning to Washington where our school’s namesake dominated the political landscape for nearly 20 years,” said Robert Hutchings, LBJ School dean, in a statement. The program is geared toward students who aspire to federal government careers, plus current federal workers who want to get graduate training without leaving their jobs.

Students in the program, which starts taking applications this fall, will earn a master of public affairs or master of global policy studies degree in 18 months. After a year of classes in Austin, they’ll head to Washington to work full-time for six months. They’ll also take classes on Fridays and Saturdays while in D.C.

The news outlet Politico will loan office space to the LBJ School while the Washington Center searches for a permanent home, according to LBJ School representative Kerri Battles. Politico’s owner, Robert Allbritton, serves on the center’s founding committee. The first cohort of LBJ School students is expected to arrive at the center in summer 2016.

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