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The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University was founded in 1997 as part of the Presidential Library and Museum honoring George H.W. Bush, a life-long public servant. A nonpartisan school, it's committed to educating principled and productive leaders who want to make a difference. Nearly 70% of Bush School graduates work in the public sector, making an impact as leaders and managers in government and nonprofits; as directors of public agencies; as analysts of intelligence, policy, and budgets; as specialists in international development and multinational enterprises; and as advocates for policy issues affecting education, energy, environment, health, and security. Students here receive scholarship support (a minimum of in-state tuition rates and $5,000 a year for PPIA Fellows), a flexible curriculum that collaborates with a tier-one research university, professional networking opportunities with academic and expert practitioners, and career assistance to find the jobs that matter to you.
Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks
Child / Family Policy
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Criminal Justice Policy Management
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Trade / Business
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning
Eastern Europe / Russia
Graduate Program Overview
The Bush School is a graduate program only, offering four master’s level degrees (two of them executive level and one online) and four online graduate certificates. The signature on-campus Master of Public Service & Administration (MPSA) and Master of International Affairs (MIA) degrees are 2-year, 48-credit-hour degrees that offer scholarship support to all full-time students. Both programs offer a mix of core courses with electives that allows students to pursue interests and develop specialties of interest to them. Over two dozen special areas can be chosen from between them, and additional options can be crafted by combining Texas A&M courses from other departments. Coursework is interactive and collaborative, as working with others is key to career success. Both also require summer internships (or language immersion for MIA students) and a capstone project with clients. The MIA also has a foreign language graduation requirement.
The on-campus Master of International Policy (MIP) is a one-year, 30 credit hour, executive style degree that requires at least six years of international experience. It follows a modified MIA curriculum, but without the internship, capstone, or language requirement; it also does not offer scholarship aid. Our online Executive Master of Public Service & Administration (EMPSA) is a flexible degree of 39 credit hours that can be completed at your pace (typically 2-3 years) and from anywhere. It requires at least five years of cumulative work experience, with at least three years middle management or higher. Two, one-week residencies are required as well. Scholarship aid is offered.
Online graduate certificates are also offered, providing additional graduate credentials to those not desiring a masters. These are stand-alone, transcript-recognized credentials offered both online and on-campus that add to a student’s skill set and resume. They range from 12-15 credit hours, start each semester, and have scholarship aid available. Completed courses can count toward a master’s degree if desired. Options are Advanced International Affairs (CAIA), Homeland Security (CHLS), Nonprofit Management, and Public Management (PBMG); most offer specialties to develop career emphasis areas.
MPSA/MIA Priority Deadline is January 15 for a fall start
MPSA/MIA Hard deadline is anywhere from February 15-April 15 for a fall start
MIP Deadlines are March 15 for a fall start; October 15 for a spring start
EMPSA and Graduate Certificate Deadlines are posted online and are for each semester
Required Application materials for the MPSA/MIA: ApplyTexas application; app fee ($65 domestic, $90 int’l); a statement of purpose; a current resume; an int’l experience essay for MIA apps; three letters of recommendation; university transcripts; GRE scores are optional if certain GPA is met for both degrees; and possibly TOEFL or IELTS scores for int’l applicants.
Successful applicants show strong academic ability, a disposition toward leadership, and a commitment to serving others. Faculty interview candidates in February and decisions are given in early March. Scholarships are included with every MPSA/MIA offer. Please check our website for current application information and guidance. Email us at [email protected] if you have questions.
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