News from the Bush School

Bush School, College of Education & Human Development to Partner on Collaborative Master/PhD Degree

October 26, 2017

Woman reading a book at a desk

The Bush School of Government and Public Service and the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University have partnered to offer a collaborative master’s and PhD degree that will prepare individuals to work in the field of education policy. Students who successfully complete all program requirements will receive both a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) degree and a PhD in Educational Administration.

The Collaborative Degrees Program (CDP) is geared toward individuals who seek academic careers focused on research in the multidisciplinary field of education policy. Dr. Lori Taylor, director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy, is leading the Bush School part of the initiative.

“The curriculum for this degree will prepare individuals for careers in research universities and teaching colleges as well as education agencies or policy-oriented nonprofits,” Taylor said. “Students will work with a team of highly regarded public policy and education faculty, whose expertise ranges from the economics of education, education law, and leadership to the politics of education, school accountability and finance, and the social foundations of schooling,” she added.

Taylor noted that the new program has been designed to accommodate a relatively small number of students, and admissions will be limited to new or existing Bush School students with a passion for education policy and an aptitude for analytical thinking.

For more information about the collaborative degrees program, visit