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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
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College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

EMPSA Overview


Overview

The Executive Master of Public Service and Administration (EMPSA) degree is a 39 graduate credit hour, non-thesis, executive degree program offered online with a total of two required weeks in residence at Texas A&M University in College Station (one week, two separate times during the program).

The executive program delivers high quality and high impact coursework for individuals who continue to pursue their full-time professional careers while further developing in-depth, advanced skills in public service leadership, critical investigative and evaluative proficiencies, and decision making expertise within the public sector context.

Students must have at least five years of professional experience, preferably in one of the three curricular track areas of Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, or Public Management.

  • 39 Credit Hours, Non-thesis Master’s Program
  • Completely Online with Two Separate One-Week Residency Periods
  • Culminating Applied Capstone Project to Analyze a Current Problem
  • Three Tracks to Choose From: Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, or Public Management
  • Five Full-Time Years of Professional Experience Required

Download a PDF copy of the EMPSA Overview


Curriculum Overview

Required Core Courses For All EMPSA Majors

PSAA 601: Foundations of Public Service (Mostly online and includes one week on campus residency. Scheduled in the summer session.).
PSAA 611: Public Policy Formation
PSAA 621: Economic Analysis
PSAA 630: Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
PSAA 675: Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar (Mostly online and includes one week on campus residency. Scheduled in the summer session.)
PSAA 676: Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II Note: Capstone II only scheduled in fall sessions. PSAA 675 and 676 must be taken back-to-back.

Required Courses for Homeland Security Track Students

PSAA 623: Budgeting in Public Service
PSAA 634: Public Management
PSAA 656: Fundamentals of Homeland Security

Elective Course Choices for Homeland Security Track Students

PSAA 604 Emergency Management and Homeland Security
PSAA 605: Homeland Security Policies, Strategies and Operations
PSAA 607: Research Methods for Homeland Security Studies
PSAA 608: Cyber Security for Managers
PSAA 620: Safeguarding the Nation’s Maritime Gateways
PSAA 651: Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
PSAA 652: Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
PSAA 653: Weapons of Mass Destruction
PSAA 654: U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
PSAA 655: Domestic Intelligence Operations: Legalities, Policies and Procedures
PSAA 657: Terrorism in Today’s World
PSAA 660: Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
PSAA 668: U.S. Law and Homeland Security
PSAA 685: Directed Studies
PSAA 689: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Required Courses for Nonprofit Management Track Students

PSAA 632: Fiscal Management for Nonprofits
PSAA 643 :Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
PSAA 644: Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations

Elective Course Choices for Nonprofit Management Track Students

PSAA 602: Tools for Advancement and Leadership in Public Service
PSAA 603: Nongovernmental Organization Management in International Settings
PSAA 631: Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 633: Philanthropy: Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 635: Social Welfare and Health Policy
PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PSAA 649: Volunteer & Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 669: Legal Environment of Nonprofit Management

Required Courses for Public Management Track Students

PSAA 623: Budgeting in Public Service
PSAA 634: Public Management
PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector

Elective Course Choices for Public Management Track Students

PSAA 602: Tools for Advancement and Leadership in Public Service
PSAA 604: Emergency Management and Homeland Security
PSAA 608: Cyber Security for Managers
PSAA 636: Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
PSAA 644: Management & Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
PSAA 648: Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

How to Apply

Visit EMPSA Admissions for detailed application instructions.

Prospective students must have five years full-time professional experience and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Required items:

  • Online Application. Texas Common Application.
  • Select Texas A&M University (College Station) for the university. In the “Select your major,” drop-down menu, select “Executive Bush School – Public Service and Admin, M.P.S.A”
  • Application Fee. A nonrefundable $50 application fee. International students: application fee is $90.
  • Official Transcripts and Records. Official transcripts for all colleges or universities attended sent to Texas A&M University’s Office of Graduate Admissions
    Graduate Admissions Processing
    Office of Admissions
    Texas A&M University
    P.O. Box 40001
    College Station, TX 77842-4001
  • Resume (professional experience must be included.)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE or GMAT scores no older than five years
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which may be satisfied by
    • a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of 550 for paper-based testing (p-BT) or 80 for Internet-based testing (i-BT), or
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band, or
    • completion of all years of a bachelor's degree or higher at a US accredited university.
    • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band,
    • a minimum PTE Academic score of 53,
    • a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (Subject to departmental approval),
    • a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (Subject to departmental approval),
    • Completing all years of a Bachelor's degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university. (Subject to departmental approval), or
    • Acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via departmental request. An international graduate student holding a master's degree from a U.S. accredited university qualifies for alternative verification.
    • See http://admissions.tamu.edu/international/graduate for more detailed information.

Questions?

Contact an Enrollment Advisor at bushschoolonline@tamu.edu or call 1-866-988-2874.

Contact

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

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Contact

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

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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