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.
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
Step 2 – Texas A&M and the Bush School of Government & Public Service (via AIS, by email, or by mail)
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).
Under the "Major" pull-down menu, select the appropriate application under the B’s for Bush School:
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with a verification form so that we can move you forward.
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:
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.
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. )
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. )
Provide a current résumé (up to two pages only) that includes activities after high school. It MUST include the following sections:
Click here for a Résumé Template.
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:
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.
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
More information is found on the Texas A&M website on the International Graduate Admissions page.
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
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.