MPSA/MIA: The Bush School enrolls students each fall; there are no spring admissions. We begin accepting applications in August for the following fall’s enrollment. The priority deadline is January 15, 2019. This allows time for processing, file review, and interviews for decision-making in early March.
The Bush School may continue to accept applications beyond the priority date on a space-available basis. Typically, MIA applicants have until late February and MPSA applicants have until April. The website will advertise if we are still accepting applications. Students interested in applying after the priority deadline should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-862-3476 for updates on the current process and timeline.
MIP: Rolling admissions makes the process more flexible for our one-year degree applicants. Those looking for a fall start need apply by April 15 and those for a spring start by October 15. Those seeking early decisions may contact our office to work within your timeline.
The Bush School accepts applications online through the ApplyTexas application. Any Texas A&M 5-year applicants or continuing graduate students should apply through internal applications. Links can be found online in the Instructions section.
The Bush School admissions office works with Graduate Admissions Processing at Texas A&M to handle all applications and support materials. Together, we require the application and fee; official transcripts; three recommendations; statement of purpose; professional résumé; test scores; and for the MIA, an international experience essay. Most of these documents can be uploaded in the Applicant Information System (AIS) after a candidate has submitted his/her ApplyTexas application. Documents can also be e-mailed or mailed. Complete and detailed instructions can be found online in the Instructions section.
MPSA/MIA: Requires the application and fee, official transcripts, three recommendations, statement of purpose, professional résumé, test scores, and for the MIA, an international experience essay.
MIP: Requires the application and fee, official transcripts, two recommendations, statement of purpose, professional résumé, and GRE is suggested if GPA is less than 3.0.
Applicants can check the general status of their online application at Applicant Information System (AIS) but should understand that notices from the Bush School Admissions Office are the true status of their file. AIS will only reflect four basic updates: the application, online recommendations, test scores, and transcript processing (the latter can take up to six weeks to verify, so applicants should take this into account.) The Bush School Admissions Office will e-mail a status update as items are processed and when the file is complete.
MPSA/MIA: Requires the GRE (or GMAT); may consider waivers for those with advanced degrees. Non-native English speakers may have to submit TOEFL or IELTS.
MIP: GRE encouraged for those with a GPA below 3.0, but not required. Non-native English speakers may have to submit TOEFL or IELTS.
We prefer the GRE General Test but will accept the GMAT. Submitted scores may not be older than five years and must include the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions. Very few waivers are granted, not even for those with substantial work experience. Nor do we make conditional admits with an applicant’s intent to take the tests after enrollment.
International students from non-English speaking countries must submit proof of English proficiency in one of several ways: Score at least a 146 on the GRE verbal section (or 22 on the GAMAT verbal); present a current TOEFL of at least 80 ibt, present a current IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall band, or complete all years of a bachelor's degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university. See more below in the TOEFL question.
There is no penalty for those who take a test more than once. Texas A&M takes the highest total from one test date. Scores are not averaged.
Students can visit the GRE website and click on the GRE General Test. Typically, test dates are offered multiple times a week; and scores take about ten to fifteen days to process. The cost is $205 for most countries.
An application will be considered incomplete without official test scores. Applicants can submit the online application without scores, and after taking the GRE, can email us the unofficial verbal and quantitative scores to be used as placeholders until the originals arrive 10-12 days later. Scores can be emailed to email@example.com. We recommend tests be completed by December to meet the mid-January priority deadline.
Although the GPA and GRE scores are important to the admissions review process, we do not have a minimum required score. Test scores are evaluated in a manner that complies with House Bill 1641. Each student is reviewed using a variety of criteria, including academic performance, leadership potential, work or life experience, personal statement, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and information gathered at the Interview Conference.
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International students from non-English speaking countries must submit proof of English proficiency, but can qualify in several ways: Score at least a 146 on the GRE verbal section (or 22 on the GAMAT verbal); present a current TOEFL of at least 80 ibt, present a current IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall band, or complete all years of a bachelor's degree or higher at a US accredited university.
The Bush School’s preferred scores are 100 iBT or 600 PBT for TOEFL and 7.0 for IELTS. However, we will consider any score above the TAMU minimums. Scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M and be from a test date within two years of the date that the application reaches Graduate Admissions Processing.
The Admissions Committee evaluates students holistically via their essays and résumé, transcripts, test scores, recommendations, writing ability, and interviews. Successful applicants are those with strong academic ability and leadership qualities who show a propensity for serving in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors domestically and internationally.
Shortly after the January priority deadline, each department's Admissions Committee reviews the submitted applications and narrows the applicant pool to double the intended class size (for a class of 90, we interview about 180). Selected applicants are invited to the Interview Conferences in February or March, where applicants can visit the campus and interact with Bush School faculty, staff, alumni, and students.
The Admissions Committee convenes within a week after the final Interview Conference to make admissions decisions. Final decisions are announced to students in mid-March.
Each year, the Bush School places a number of applicants on a wait list. Those students are notified if and when places become available and are updated regularly. The wait list is not ranked.
Selected applicants are invited to one of two Interview Conferences in late February or early March to visit the school; meet other candidates/alumni/students/staff/faculty; interview; and more. It is a place for both candidates and the School to find a fit through questions and interactions over a half day Friday and all day Saturday event.
Applicants are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses to and from the conference, but the Bush School provides logistical information and reimbursement of up to 1/4 to 1/3 of travel expenses to those who submit receipts after the event ($300 reimbursement max). Candidates can cut costs by staying with a current student or sharing a hotel room. Meals are provided Friday evening and all day Saturday. Dress is business casual.
Applicants who cannot attend the ICW will register for a Skype or phone interview to be completed in February.
The Bush School hosts a mandatory incoming student orientation the week prior to the first day of classes, which is typically the last Monday in August. For specific dates, refer to the Texas A&M University Academic Calendar.
Entrance into the degrees is on a full-time basis. However, all degrees will consider a few students each year for part-time status if approved by the department head.
The MPSA program has no required prerequisites, but it does recommend that students have prior coursework in American government, economics, and/or statistics/research methods.
Students in the MIA National Security and Diplomacy track are expected to have some prior knowledge of international history and politics, while those in the International Development and Economics Policy track are encouraged to have prior coursework in basic statistics and introductory or intermediate micro or macroeconomics.
More information can be found about the Bush School’s tracks and concentrations sections. For the Master of Public Service and Administration, more can be found under MPSA Tracks and MPSA Concentrations. For the Master of International Affairs, more can be found under MIA Tracks and MIA Concentrations.
MPSA/MIA: Both degrees are two-year, 48-credit-hour, full or part-time degrees combining 48 academic credit hours and a summer professional internship (or language training for the MIA). Also for the MIA’s native English speakers, passing a foreign language exam is required to graduate.
MIP: The degree is 30-credit hours; no capstone, internship, or language requirement.
Many of the Bush School’s certificate courses are offered in a web-based format. Students may choose to take an online course, pay the additional fees, and have the course applied towards their degree plan.
A maximum of 12 credit hours taken in post-baccalaureate non-degree status (G6) may be applied toward a master's degree. You would want to research the class options to better coordinate your concentration requirements. Successful completion of a certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree.
In order for candidates to use transfer courses on their TAMU degree plan, the courses must have been taken in residence at an accredited or approved institution, the candidate must have been in degree-seeking status at the institution, and the grades must be a “B” or better. In most cases, no more than 12 transfer hours can count towards a student’s degree plan in the MPSA or MIA; 9 hours for the MIP. As well, academic work used toward a previous degree many not be used again and any work over 7 years old cannot transfer. The department head has final approval for any transfer work.
Each year, the Bush School is committed to providing each admitted degree student at least $1,000 or more in merit scholarship aid. First-year funding averages between $3,000 and 5,000 for most students. Top awards vary between $10,000 and 15,000 per year for Bush School Scholarships to $30,000 for some of our specialized awards like Graduate Merit and Diversity Fellowships. Second-year funding is renewed at the same rate if students maintain a preset GPA.
Out-of-state and international students also receive a nonresident tuition waiver that allows them to pay in-state rates, a reduction of over $9,000 a year from the nonresident rate. This means ALL Bush School degree students pay Texas rates, which runs roughly $12,500 a year.
How much scholarship aid a student receives is based primarily upon his/her academic performance, but experience, leadership, recommendations, commitment to public service, language, travel, awards, and other notable attributes are also highly regarded.
The Bush School does not offer GA positions to incoming, first-year students. However, about twenty research GAs are awarded per department, as are a few non-teaching GAs, to our top second-year students. These positions are awarded to students with the best grades in the first year as well as to Texas A&M Fellowship awardees (as part of their second-year funding).
Yes, international students are eligible for Bush School scholarships, but they are not eligible to participate in the Federal Loan programs (Stafford, Perkins, etc.). International students can visit International Student Services (ISS) for a list of additional scholarships available to them.
MPSA/MIA: The yearly cost of tuition/fees is about $12,500 for resident rates, which our scholarships qualify non-residents to pay. Living costs are about $22,000 a year. That puts the total cost of this degree at $34,500 a year, or $69,000 over two years BEFORE scholarship support. International students pay a few additional fees, increasing the cost by $3,000. And remember, students live in an affordable town with close proximity to four major U.S. cities and they graduate to join one of the largest and active alumni associations in the world.
MIP: This one-year degree tackles 30 hours at a yearly tuition/fee cost of about $15,000 for resident and $29,000 for non-resident. Living costs are about $22,000 a year for a total cost of $37,000 for resident and under $52,000 for non-resident.
The Scholarships and Financial Aid office can be contacted by phone at 979-845-3236 or online at Texas A&M Scholarships and Aid.
Yes, the Bush School’s Career Services Office is committed to helping its students and alumni create successful careers, providing them with the tools to complete an effective employment search, make connections with employers, and find opportunities to build a network of professional contacts. Through our career development workshops, internship and job search assistance programs, and alumni mentoring program, we help students build the bridge between academia and the professional world. Additional information can be found online in the Career Services section.
Yes! Students are encouraged to visit the Bush School to learn more about our programs. We hold several fall/winter Open Houses and can set up individual visits. More information can be found online under Recruitment. An appointment can be scheduled by calling 979-862-3476 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at least a week in advance of the intended visit, if possible.