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Bush School Ranks in Top 20 Public Affairs Programs among Public Institutions

March 16, 2016

The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, has entered the top 20 public affairs programs among public institutions, according to the latest US News & World Report rankings released today.  In less than two decades, the Bush School, named after President George H.W. Bush, has risen in the rankings to 19th among public schools, 31st overall.

The School’s specialties in public policy analysis and public management administration rank in the top 20 of public schools; and its nonprofit management specialty ranks in the top 10 among public schools.

“The rise in rankings is further proof that while the Bush School has grown in size, it has also grown in reputation,” said Ryan Crocker, dean of the Bush School.  “The fact that the School has come so far in such a short time is a testament to our distinguished faculty and scholars and to our students, who continue to be highly sought after by employers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.”

In less than twenty years, the Bush School has grown from a small program with fewer than 20 students to a reputable academic college with two departments and a student population of more than 300.  This past year, the School welcomed 167 new students, the largest incoming class in the School’s history, bringing the total enrollment to 331 students hailing from forty states and twenty-five countries.  The Bush School continues to have a significant impact on key issues facing the state, nation, and world through its three research institutes: the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy; the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy; and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs.

In addition to offering the Master of Public Service and Administration and the Master of International Affairs, the Bush School also offers graduate Certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, and Nonprofit Management.  The Bush School announced this past year that it will offer an online Executive Master of Public Service and Administration (EMPSA) degree, a 39-hour graduate, non-thesis degree program.

As well as the high rank afforded by US News & World Report, a recent survey conducted by Foreign Policy magazine ranks the master’s program in international affairs at the Bush School in the top 5 among international affairs programs at US public institutions and in the top 20 of US international relations programs overall. 

Founded in 1997, the Bush School of Government and Public Service has become one of the leading public administration and international affairs graduate schools in the nation.  One of sixteen schools and colleges at Texas A&M University, a tier-one research university, the School offers master’s level education for students aspiring to careers in public service.  The School’s philosophy is based on the belief of its namesake, George H.W. Bush, that public service is a noble calling—a belief that continues to shape all aspects of the curriculum, research, and student experience.

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