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In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

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Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Application Requirements


The Bush School admissions office works with Graduate Admissions Processing at Texas A&M to process all applications for our MPSA and MIA degrees. This involves a multi-step process whereby students apply through the Apply Texas system and then upload or send any supporting documents as outlined by both TAMU and the Bush School (to include transcripts, essays, etc.). While our directions below outline all application requirements, you can also visit the TAMU Office of Admissions as a reference.

Below is a summary of the materials that you will need to submit by our priority deadline of January 16, 2017. For complete instructions and information, please read the Bush School Application Instructions.

To avoid any confusion or delay in processing your application, please use the same spelling and order of your name on all correspondence and update the Applicant Information System (AIS) and the Bush School of any change in address or name.

2017 Bush School Requirements and Application Instructions


Overview of Application Process

The Bush School application process consists of two steps. Step one is to apply to Texas A&M University via the online application and pay the application fee, and step two is to submit all essays, résumé, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores to the Bush School via the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS), by email, or by mail.

Step 1 – Texas A&M University; Application

  • Complete the online application at www.applytexas.org
    • TAMU 5-year applicants and current graduate students submit internal apps (see below)
  • Non-refundable online application fee ($50 domestic; $90 int’l)
    • TAMU 5-year applicants have no cost
    • McNair Fellows and members from PeaceCorps/AmeriCorps/PPIA (do not submit payment; email us at bushschoolapplications@tamu.edu and we’ll cover for you)

Step 2 – Texas A&M and the Bush School of Government & Public Service (via AIS, by email, or by mail)

  • Official transcripts
    • TAMU graduates/students don’t need to send; we will download
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Professional Résumé (to include some required sections)
  • For MIA only, an International Experience Essay
  • Test Scores
    • GRE (code 6003) or GMAT (code 7B7-K9-03)
    • For International applicants
    • TOEFL (code 6003) or IELTS


Online Application

The Bush School will only accept online applications processed at www.applytexas.org (unless you are a current TAMU 5-year applicant or TAMU graduate student in another department; if so, follow the directions in your section).

Apply Texas Applications

Under the "Major" pull-down menu, select the appropriate application under the B’s for Bush School:

  • For MPSA: Bush School-Public Service and Administration, MPSA
  • For MIA: Bush School-International Affairs, MIA

You will receive an application acknowledgement via email from the Office of Admissions within 24-72 hours after submitting your online application (anything after 6 p.m. rolls to the next weekday upload). Included in the email will be your Universal Identification Number (UIN), which is used to identify your university records. Also use your UIN to claim your NetID and log into the Application Information System (AIS) to check your application status at http://applicant.tamu.edu. This online status check will reflect what you have sent to their office or uploaded into AIS (app, letters, test scores, transcripts) only. Even if they say your file is complete, it may not be, as they are only checking four of the six/seven required items. Bush School Admissions will provide you an OFFICIAL notice of a complete file. Look for our email updates as we process your items, and please be patient.


TAMU 5-year and current TAMU graduate student Applications

Texas A&M five-year program applicants and current graduate students in another department do not submit an online Apply Texas application. TAMU five-year applicants fill out a two-page Bush School Joint-Degree Program Application and current TAMU graduate students fill out a one-page Letter of Intent from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies website. The application fee is waived for these applicants.


Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, or $90 for international applicants, is required to process an application. The fee may be paid by check, money order, or approved credit card (note that credit cards charge a fee of $1.50 to process). Checks or money orders (in US dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University and should display an agency bank in the U.S. and have routing numbers at the bottom. If mailing payment, please send to the addresses below for Graduate Admissions Processing and include your name and UIN.

US Postal Mail
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, Texas 77842-4001

Express Mail or Courier
Graduate Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Rd, Suite 1601
College Station, Texas 77843-0200
USA

The Bush School does not waive application fees based on need, but Texas A&M might; you can find more about that at http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply. The Bush School does, however, have written agreements with several organizations whereby the Bush School will pay the fee for those involved with the McNair Program and volunteers from the PeaceCorps, AmeriCorps (Vista, Teach for America, City Year, etc.), and PPIA. Applicants seeking this waiver should submit the ApplyTexas application without payment and then must email us at bushschoolapplications@tamu.edu with a verification form so that we can move you forward.


Official Transcripts and Records

Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including summer school courses and study abroad. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. Note to TAMU students/alumni: Do NOT submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University; we will download as we process.

Transcripts can be submitted in these ways:

  • Unofficial: (Required at time of application) Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Copies of official transcripts can be uploaded via the Applicant Information System (AIS) and will temporarily complete your file for review. TAMU students and alumni do NOT need to submit a transcript from Texas A&M; we can download as we process. If you receive admission, you must submit all required original official transcripts (and diplomas) in order to enroll in classes.
  • Official: (Required at time of enrollment) Remember that any transcripts uploaded into AIS are unofficial. Official documents are sent directly from your registrar (ask for their available options):
    • electronically through PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, eSCRIPT-SAFE, or National Clearing House
    • mailed to Texas A&M Graduate Admissions Processing (using the addresses above) in a sealed envelope with the registrar's signature across the seal; include the Document ID Sheet if possible

If the transcripts or mark-sheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translation in English, if necessary. Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official. Consolidated and provisional mark-sheets are not considered official. Please ask the registrar to send individual mark-sheets that list grades earned in each term. Photocopies or other duplications such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.

NOTE: An admitted student will not be able to register for classes unless official transcripts are received by TAMU Graduate Admissions Processing either by electronic means or via sealed and signed mail to their address listed above.


Statement of Purpose

In 750 words or less, tell us about the experiences that have influenced your professional and personal goals. This could include places you’ve lived, people you’ve encountered, trips or courses you’ve taken, internships you’ve experienced, or any number of interactions or influences you’ve had. (Your statement should be typed, front only, 11 pt font, and double spaced; include your name and UIN on each page, if possible. )


International Affairs (MIA) applicants only - International Experience Essay

In 750 words or less, tell us about the experiences that have influenced your interest in foreign and international affairs, what they have meant to you, and how they may have affected your goals and career plans. This could include study or living abroad, courses or classes, language interests, international news events, family members or friends from other cultures or societies, and more. (Your essay should be typed, front only, 11 pt font, and double spaced; include your name and UIN on each page, if possible. )


Professional Résumé

Provide a current résumé (up to two pages only) that includes activities after high school. It MUST include the following sections:

  • Name and contact information
  • Education
    • Undergraduate Institution; include month/year completed (or to complete)
    • Degree earned (with major, minor)
    • Current overall GPA (you can also add a last 60 hour or major GPA)
    • List additional undergraduate or graduate degrees and certificates, as necessary
    • Optional
      • Relevant/highlighted courses you’d like to list
      • Academic honors and awards
  • Relevant work/internship experience
    • List work or internship experiences related to public service, to include government, nonprofits, educational institutions, military service, and other relevant areas
  • International experience (Required for IA apps)
    • Any study abroad opportunities (country visited; language studied) and dates completed
  • Skills and Certifications (Required for IA apps)
    • Language: List the language and your current speaking level (include beginning, intermediate, advanced, fluent). Optional for reading, writing levels.
    • Computer: List relevant software by name.
    • Clearance: List any you want to highlight.
  • Leadership, Service, Organizational Memberships, and Honors
    • List your involvement in any related activities YOU want to highlight. Indicate the organization, position/role you assumed, the duration/dates involved, and the time involved per week/month/semester
  • Other (optional)

Click here for a Résumé Template.


Recommendations

Three recommendations are required. It is strongly recommended that at least one or two be from someone who is familiar with your academic achievement (typically faculty and advisors) and another from someone familiar with your potential leadership, public service, or work experience (typically supervisors, mentors, associates, etc.).

Letters of Recommendation can be submitted in these ways; our preference is listed in order:

  • Online: Sent directly to Texas A&M via the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) system
    • Once you have submitted your Apply Texas application, you will receive your UIN via email from Texas A&M (takes 48-72 hours). Next, access the Howdy portal to log into the Applicant Information System (AIS). There you will find the LOR system. Follow the instructions for entering contact information for up to three recommenders (or four if you need a backup). You can log into AIS daily to monitor their submission (and send reminders as necessary).
  • Hard copy: Mailed or dropped off to the admissions office at the Bush School
    • We require a letter to be written on official letterhead and accompanied by the Bush School Recommendation Form, with the “To be completed by the applicant” section complete. The recommender fills out his/her section, prints, signs, and seals it in an envelope with his/her signature across the seal.
  • Emailed: Sent to bushschoolapplications@tamu.edu by your recommender
    • We require a letter to be written on official letterhead and scanned as a pdf. It should be accompanied by the Bush School Recommendation Form, with the “To be completed by the applicant” section complete. The recommender fills out his/her section, prints, signs, and scans it with the letter. Both are then emailed to the Bush School.


Test Scores

Required test scores (GRE preferred) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Bush School of Government and Public Service or Texas A&M University (GRE Code 6003 or 6005/GMAT Code 7B7-K9-03) and be from a test date within five years of the date the Apply Texas application is submitted.

We do not waive test score requirements and we do not have minimum admissions scores. Averages can be found online under the FAQ section. An application is incomplete without scores and files will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until they are received. We recommend tests be completed by December to meet the January priority deadline.


TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Texas A&M University requires that applicants from non-English speaking countries must present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 ibt (internet) or 550 pbt (paper) or an International English Language Testing System Test (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 overall band. The Bush School prefers a TOEFL score of 100 ibt (internet) or 600 pbt (paper) or 7.0 IELTS score.

TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003); there is no institutional code for the IELTS, but tests should be mailed to the address below and be from a test date within two years of the date the Apply Texas application is submitted. You may verify receipt of your official scores by emailing the contact below, including your name (as given on the test), date of birth, UIN, type of test, date of test, and date you requested scores to be sent.

International Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX 77842-4002
E-mail: admissions@tamu.edu

More information is found on the Texas A&M website on the International Graduate Admissions page.


Application Checklist

The Bush School has created an Application Checklist to help you manage their process.

If you mail any items to Graduate Admissions Processing (as listed above) or the Bush School, please do NOT staple items or include items in folders or cover sheets; leave sheets and sealed documents loose in your packet.

Addresses are listed above for TAMU’s Graduate Admissions Processing. For any items to be submitted directly to the Bush School, use this address:

Bush School Admissions
Texas A&M University
2129 Allen Building / 4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220
USA

All documents on this page are in PDF format. To view the files you must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.


Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Follow Bush School Admissions on Twitter!

 Admissions Twitter

Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

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