PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Texas A&M University

The Bush School of Government
and Public Service

bush.tamu.edu/

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.

Degrees Offered

MPSA - Master of Public Service & Administration
MIA - Master of International Affairs

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

MPSA - Master of Public Service & Administration
TRACKS
Public Management
Public Policy Analysis
Nonprofit Management
CONCENTRATIONS
Nonprofit Management
Int'l nongovernmental organizations
Government (Public Administration)
Education Policy/Mgmt
Security Policy/Mgmt
Energy Policy/Mgmt
Environmental Policy/Mgmt
Technology Policy/Mgmt
Health Policy/Mgmt
MIA - Master of International Affairs
TRACKS
National Security & Diplomacy
Int'l Development & Economic Policy
CONCENTRATIONS
American Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
US Defense Policy & Military Affairs
Intelligence as an Instrument of Statecraft
American Homeland Security
International Politics & Grand Strategy
Conflict & Development
Int'l Nongovernmental Organizations
International Economic Development
International Economics & Trade
Mulitnational Enterprises & Public Policy
Regional Studies-China, MidEast, Europe

Area Studies

Asia (China)
Middle East
Europe
Eastern Europe / Russia

Graduate Program Overview

The Bush School is a graduate program only, offering 2 master’s degree programs and 3 online graduate certificates. Degrees are 2-year, 48-credit-hour, full-time graduate programs that offer scholarship support to all. Both programs offer a mix of core courses with electives that allows students to pursue interests and develop specialties that will further their professional careers. Program coursework is interactive and collaborative, as working with others is a key component to success. Both also require a capstone seminar, where students work with a client, in either their final semester or year. As well, for those without substantive relevant experience, a professional internship is required in the summer. For those in the MIA, either an internationally-oriented internship or a foreign language immersion course can be taken, as they have an additional requirement of passing a spoken foreign language exam to graduate. Through it all, the Bush School provides guidance, offering a multitude of educational and professional services, including leadership and writing workshops, seminars, speaker series, conferences, international study, student organizations, internships, and networking and career assistance.

Admissions Deadline

Priority deadline is January 20 each year, but we keep applications open until the entering classes are filled, so check with us directly. No spring degree admission. Online certificates enroll spring, summer and fall with deadlines about a month before classes start.

Admissions Overview

Bush School classes are small and admission is fairly competitive. Successful applicants show strong academic ability, a disposition toward leadership, and a commitment to serving others. We encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds; most tend to be liberal-arts based, but we entertain any majors. By late January, faculty begin reviewing applications, considering both qualitative and quantitative factors, and we subsequently interview the most promising candidates. Applicants are committed to service careers, have a spirit of involvement, have relevant internship or work experience, and may have international and/or military experience and know a second language. Our averages: MPSA=GPA 3.4; GRE 304. MIA=GPA 3.5; GRE 311. Please check our website for current application information and guidance.

Contact Information

Texas A&M University
2129 Allen Bldg / 4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas
979-862-3476
979-862-7953
kjmeyer@tamu.edu

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