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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

Narrowing the grad school list

September 02, 2015

This blog entry may sound a little like a sales pitch, but I intend it as an insight of my decision-making process during the admissions cycle a year ago. When I originally started exploring graduate schools in America, I honestly didn’t have much knowledge of the schools here. I ended up using a website that exported every school offering an International Affairs degree into an Excel spreadsheet, and I visited the website of every single school. Bear in mind, this was about 200 schools in the States alone (and yes, I admitted this process to my interviewers during the Bush School interaction!)

At first, it was quite easy to cut schools. Some had websites that were like a maze or written in Comic Sans, and some had stopped offering their international affairs programs. But it was when I was whittling my choices down from the ‘final 20’ to the ‘final 5’ that the job got tough.

We all have personal reasons for applying to schools. For me, as an international student, I wanted to experience ‘real’ America. I had visited the States four times previously, New York and Orlando included, but since I was moving here alone, I felt that a sense of community was a priority for me. And that was a key factor that Texas A&M hit; it was a place I felt I could settle-in well. Secondly, the financial aid offered here is fantastic, and I can’t stress this enough! Every single degree student earns a scholarship, which means every student (including out-of-state and international) pays in-state tuition/fees, which are some of the lowest in the nation (about $11,500 a year before scholarship). Considering Texas A&M and Bush School rankings and recognition, the value for money was a great selling point for me. And finally, I needed a location where I could get along without a car. Texas A&M has a community and campus bus system, which meant that I could save money by not buying a car here. Sounds trivial, but it was important to me (although I will begrudgingly admit that sometimes I wish I had a car)… Jennie


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Jennie Barber, Master of International Affairs '16