The Bush School enrolls students each fall into its masters’ degrees; there are no spring admissions. We begin accepting applications in August for the following fall’s enrollment. The priority deadline is January 15, 2016. This allows time for processing, file review, and interviews so decisions can be made by early March.
The Bush School may continue to accept applications beyond the priority date on a space-available basis. Typically, MIA applicants have until early February and MPSA applicants have until May. The website will advertise if we are still accepting applications. Students interested in applying after the priority deadline should contact email@example.com or call 979-862-3476 for updates on the current process and timeline.
The Bush School accepts applications online through the Apply Texas application. Any Texas A&M 5-year applicants or TAMU current graduate students pursuing another degree should apply through internal applications. Links can be found online in the Requirements 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 Apply Texas application. Documents can also be e-mailed or mailed. Complete and detailed instructions can be found online in the Requirements section.
Applicants can check the general status of their online application at Applicant Information System (AIS) but should understand that notices from the admissions office at the Bush School indicate 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.
Three recommendations are needed for the degree application and may be submitted online, by hard copy, or by e-mail. Each requires both a letter and a recommendation form (the online version provides its own recommendation form). The Bush School 2016 recommendation form and specific directions are found online in the Requirements section.
We prefer the GRE but will accept the GMAT. Submitted scores may not be older than five years and must include the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions from the revised General Test. We do not waive tests for degree admission, not even for those with prior advanced degrees or with substantial work experience. Nor do we make conditional admissions based on an applicant’s intent to take the tests after enrollment. Therefore, ensure that you have time to prepare and take the tests, as files will not be reviewed without GRE test scores.
International students from non-English speaking countries should submit TOEFL or IELTS scores unless they completed all years of a bachelor's degree or higher at a US accredited university. See more information below in the TOEFL question.
There is no penalty for those interested in taking a test more than once. Texas A&M takes the highest total (for the GRE, the verbal and quantitative scores) from one test date. Scores are not averaged, nor do we mix scores from different test dates.
Students can visit the GRE website and click on the GRE revised General Test. Typically, test dates are offered multiple times a week; and scores take about ten to fifteen days to process. The cost is $195 worldwide.
An application will be considered incomplete without official test scores. Go ahead and submit the online application without the scores listed, but try to put the scheduled test date in the appropriate place. For instance, after taking the GRE test, students can e-mail us the unofficial verbal and quantitative scores; and we can use them as placeholders until the originals arrive about two weeks later. Scores should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, we recommend tests be completed by December to meet the 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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Applicants whose native language is not English are required by Texas A&M University to submit proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways: i) a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT or 550 PBT, ii) a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band, or iii) completing 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 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 all of the submitted applications and narrows the pool of applicants to a manageable number, usually about double the intended class size. Selected applicants are invited to the Interview Conferences in February and/or early March, where applicants have the opportunity to meet Bush School faculty, staff, alumni, and students to learn more about the Bush School.
The Admissions Committee convenes within a week after the final Interview Conference to make the admissions decisions. Final decisions are announced to students in mid-March.
Selected applicants are invited to one of two Interview Conferences in late February and/or early March to visit the School, meet other candidates/alumni/students/staff/faculty, interview, write, and just get a feel for the place. It is a time for both candidates and the School to find a fit through questions and interactions during 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 does provide logistical information and provides reimbursement of up to one-fourth to one-third of travel expenses to those who submit receipts after the event. Candidates can also stay with current students to defray lodging costs. Meals are provided Friday evening and all day Saturday. Dress is business casual.
Applicants who receive an invitation to the Interview Conference and are not able to attend will be contacted for a Skype or telephone interview 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 MPSA and MIA degrees is on a full-time basis. However, both degrees will consider a few students each year for part-time status if approved by the department head. Thus far, only the MPSA has enrolled part-time students.
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 required to have prior undergraduate coursework in basic statistics and introductory or intermediate micro or macroeconomics.
More information can be found about the Bush School’s tracks and concentrations under the Academic section, by Degree, then Curriculum. 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.
The Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) is a two-year, 48-credit-hour, full- or part-time degree combining 48 academic credit hours and a summer professional internship.
The Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a two-year, 48-credit-hour, full-time degree combining 48 academic credit hours and a summer professional internship or language training. For native English speakers, passing a foreign language exam is required to graduate.
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. Just know that successful completion of a certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree.
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 over $30,000 for some of our specialized awards, including those granted from Texas A&M University (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 about $7,500 a year from the nonresident rate. This means ALL Bush School degree students pay Texas rates, which run roughly $11,500 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 a dozen 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 and/or are awarded 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.
The yearly cost of tuition/fees is about $11,500 for residential rates, which is the rate all our degree students pay. Living costs are estimated at $14,000 a year. That puts the total cost of this degree at $25,500 a year, or just over $50,000 for two years, BEFORE scholarship support. And remember, students live in an affordable town with close proximity to four major US cities; and they graduate to join one of the largest and most active alumni associations in the world. There is return on this investment! More information can be found online under the Financial Aid section.
The 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 email@example.com. Please contact us at least a week in advance of the intended visit, if possible.