News from the Bush School

Record Setting Enrollment at Bush School

September 29, 2016

The Bush School of Government and Public Service is proud to welcome a record-setting 176 in-residence students to their international affairs and public service and administration programs this fall. The Class of 2018 represents 113 universities, 18 countries, and over 65 different concentrations.

Total Bush School enrollment is just under 360 students with the addition of an online Executive Master of Public Service and Administration, which will commence its inaugural class with 23 students. An additional 340 students are enrolled in the School’s graduate certificate programs in international affairs, homeland security, and nonprofit management.

The incoming class of students brings wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective programs. Eight students are attending the Bush School as Fulbright scholars, 11 students with military experience and an additional 12 students were former Peace Corps or AmeriCorps members.  Twelve students have advanced degrees, ranging from a Masters of International Law to a PhD in Ethnomusicology.

As enrollment grows, Bush School programs continue to climb the ranks of top public affairs graduate programs. U.S News and World Report ranks the Bush School in the top 13 percent of programs offered by public universities, with the public management program ranking 12th,  and the nonprofit program ranking 8th. The international affairs program was ranked 5th among public universities by Foreign Policy magazine in 2015. The Bush School is also considered a “Best Value in the Nation” among public affairs programs as 100 percent of incoming Bush School students received scholarships and qualified for in-state tuition.

The Bush School has the honor of being housed on the campus of Texas A&M University, which was recently named a top “Best Value School” by U.S. News and World Report and is a tier-one research institution.

The Bush School also welcomes a new dean along with a new class of students. Dean Mark Welsh expressed his enthusiasm toward growing enrollment and increasing value in a Bush School education.

“The incoming class represents a set of intelligent and high-achieving men and women dedicated to a career in public service. We are excited for these students to commence their graduate education here at the Bush School and to support their learning and growth,” Dean Welsh said.