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Fast Facts about
the LBJ School

Executive Officers

James B. Steinberg, Dean

Leigh B. Boske, Associate Dean

Ken Matwiczak, Graduate Adviser

Barry Bales, Assistant Dean for Professional Development

Don Wallace, Assistant to the Dean

Degree Programs

Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.) degree

Regular M.P.Aff. Program(full-time and part-time options)

Mid Career M.P.Aff. Program

Dual Degree M.P.Aff. Programs(formerly called Joint Degree Programs)
Law (M.P.Aff./Law)
Business (M.P.Aff./M.B.A.)
Engineering (M.P.Aff/M.S.E.)
Communication (M.P.Aff./M.A.)
    Communication Studies
Latin American Studies (M.P.Aff./M.A. in L.A.S.)
Middle Eastern Studies (M.P.Aff./M.A. in M.E.S.)
Asian Studies (M.P.Aff./M.A. in A.S.)
Russian/East European/Eurasian Studies (M.P.Aff./M.A. in R.E.E.E.S.)

Specializations (M.P.Aff.)
International Affairs
Natural Resources and the Environment
Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies
Public Leadership and Management
Social and Economic Policy
Technology, Innovation, and Information Policy
Urban and State Affairs

Ph.D. in Public Policy degree

Student Body Profile (2005-06)

Total enrollment: 312
284, Master of Public Affairs Program (57 in Dual Degree programs)
28, Ph.D. in Public Policy Program

Anglo—211 (67.6%)
Hispanic—35 (11.2%)
African-American—14 (4.5%)
Asian-American—17 (5.4%)
International (various ethnicities)—36 (11.2%)

Texas residents—186 (59.6%)
Nonresidents (U.S.)—90 (28.8%)
Nonresidents (foreign)—36 (11.5%)

Foreign countries represented: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Uganda

Sample of academic disciplines represented: Political Science/Government, Economics, Public Affairs/Administration, History, English, Journalism, Biology, International Business, Mexican-American Studies, Women’s Studies

Faculty Profile

Permanent Faculty: 39 (including 7 non-teaching professors emeritus)
Extended and Visiting Faculty: 10

Major policy interests: international affairs, health and social policy, education and labor policy, urban policy and administration, nonprofit management, economic policy, ethical leadership, U.S.-Mexico border policy, environmental policy, transportation policy, technology policy, women and public policy

Government backgrounds:
U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ray Marshall)
U.S. Commissioner of Social Security (Kenneth Apfel)
Deputy National Security Adviser (James Steinberg)
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
      (Edwin Dorn)
Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director
      of Central Intelligence (Bobby R. Inman)
Texas State Senator (Max Sherman)
Texas State Representative (Sherri Greenberg)
City Council Member, Austin, Texas (William Spelman)

Doctoral disciplines (permanent faculty):
City and Regional Planning
Environmental Engineering
Political Science
Public Policy/Administration

Complete faculty lists
Media guide to faculty experts

Alumni Profile

Year of first graduating class, M.P.Aff. Program: 1972
Total M.P.Aff. graduates (1972-2005): 2,600
Total Ph.D. graduates (1996-2005): 26

Breakdown by employment sector (M.P.Aff.):
Public 48%
Private 37%
Nonprofit 15%

Sample of Alumni Elected Officials:
Bill Owens, Governor of Colorado
Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator
Mee Moua, Minnesota State Senator
Diana Guzman Cummings, Llano County (Texas) Treasurer
Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County (Texas) Clerk
Brewster McCracken, Austin City Councilmember

Sample of Alumni Appointed Officials:
David Nielsen, Assistant Secretary for Planning and
      Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Albert Hawkins, Texas Health and Human Services Executive
Glenn Deck, Executive Director, Kansas Public Employees
      Retirement System
Laura Doll, Chief Administrative Officer, California Power
Albert Jacquez, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway
      Development Corporation


Housed in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3, next to the LBJ Library and Museum on the eastern edge of The University of Texas at Austin's main campus in Austin, Texas

Located near the State Capitol and a large complex of state and federal office buildings



Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration (NASPAA)

National Ranking

The LBJ School was ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent poll of master's programs in public affairs. The School has consistently earned a place in the magazine's Top Ten list since public affairs programs were added to the rankings in 1995.