The Bush School of Government & Public Service has joined with Texas A&M University's departments of Political Science, Economics, and Sociology, as well as the International Studies Degree Program to offer five joint-degree programs that allow political science, economics, sociology, and international studies (in their politics/diplomacy track) majors to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year of study at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive both their undergraduate and master's degrees in five years.
Each joint-degree program requires completion of at least 96 hours of undergraduate coursework, a set of core prerequisites, and either a 3.25 or 3.5 GPA to qualify for admission. Interested students should work with their department advisor in their freshmen and sophomore years to ensure that all necessary courses will be completed before Bush School entry. Admissions criteria, including a GRE test and recommendations, will be the same as for other Bush School degree applicants. Interested juniors should apply in the winter preceding a Bush School fall entry.
Those who are admitted and complete their coursework will receive both the bachelor's and master's degrees upon completion of the entire 5-year joint degree program.