The Master of International Policy (MIP) educates those who have already begun their careers in the fields of international affairs and national security. Students admitted to the program will have some years of professional experience in those fields, broadly understood. The degree is offered in residence at the DC teaching site (with an option of taking up to 6 credit hours online).
Students at the DC will take courses from the National Security and Diplomacy (NSD) track when classes begin. The curriculum consists of two required courses (6 credit hours) in both the theory and practice of international politics and in fundamentals of the global economy. Additional elective courses are chosen from the NSD track, with the option to concentrate in specific subject areas as the curriculum develops. In the near future, students may choose courses from an additional track in International Development and Economic Policy (IDEP).
- The curriculum consists of two required courses:
- INTA 606 – The Theory and Practice of International Politics (3 Credit Hours)
- INTA 608 -Fundamentals of Global Economy (3 Credit Hours)
- Students take five courses (15 credit hours) in the National Security and Diplomacy track.
- The remaining three courses (9 credit hours) are electives.
The full degree can be completed either on a part-time basis or, if a student desires, over the course of a year. To complete the program as a full-time student in a year, the student will take a regular four-course load in the fall and spring semesters, and two courses via distance learning from the Bush School’s Office of Extended Education in the summer.
For information on application procedures, please contact our Admissions Office at 202-773-0022 or email@example.com.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of professional experience in the field of international affairs, broadly understood. (Such experience does NOT include educational experiences like semester abroad or undergraduate internships.)
The following is a tentative schedule for classes in Fall semester 2021. Students will register for classes through the Texas A&M “Howdy” portal. Registration for the spring semester begins in early November of the preceding year; registration for the fall semester (and summer semesters) begins in early April.
All classes meet in Bush School DC location – 1620 L Street, NW. All classes meet one day per week, in the 6:15 PM to 8:55 PM time slot. Note: Each individual syllabus is linked to the respective class below.
|Mon.||INTA 689 – Rising Powers||Lemon||tbd|
|Mon.||INTA 714 – Defense Intelligence||Gentile||tbd|
|Mon.||INTA 652 – Role of Intelligence in Security Affairs||Ross||tbd|
|Tue.||INTA 621 – Chinese Foreign Policy||Liu||tbd|
|Tue.||INTA 689 – Intelligence Surprises: The Arab Spring as an Analytical Case||Pino||tbd|
|Tue.||INTA 689 – Foreign Policy Process||Peterlin||tbd|
|Wed.||INTA 608 – Global Economy||Liu||tbd|
|Wed.||INTA 605 – American Foreign Policy||Weber||tbd|
|Wed.||INTA 689 – Eurasian Security||Lemon||tbd|
|Wed.||INTA 700 – Counter Intelligence||Ross||tbd|
|Thu.||INTA 606 – International Politics in Theory and Practice||Weber||tbd|
|Thu.||INTA 696 – Analytical Tradecraft||King||tbd|
Total for first semester: 9 credits
“Dr. Weber’s International Relations Theory course was the most challenging, rewarding, and important class I’ve ever taken. He helped me understand how the real world works, and how to look beyond the headlines and interpret current events.”
Project Engineer at Leidos
“The world is facing big challenges. As a student in the MIP program, my professors and course work are giving me the knowledge and skills I need to take my career to the next level, meet those challenges directly and make real change in international policy.”
Military Veteran, 26 years’ service
“Our students are inspirational! They choose this School and University because they want to serve their fellow citizens. They’re serious about tackling the most pressing issues facing the world today. I’ve met graduates of the Bush School all over the globe; they’re making a difference each and every day. President George H. W. Bush’s vision of preparing principled leaders for service to their community, their nation, and their world is alive and well. The Master of International Policy program will advance that vision even further!”
Dean, Bush School of Government and Public Service
Former Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
“Our students have a stellar opportunity to pursue higher education in the very heart of our nation’s capital, with a wealth of resources, along with the power and reach of a robust network of alumni to welcome students into the “Aggie” family. Carrying the name of George H.W. Bush, our nation’s 41st president, Bush School students understand and appreciate the noble calling of public service. Our faculty are real world practitioners helping prepare students to advance their careers.”
Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
The following changes to the Texas A&M University’s Spring 2021 Academic Calendar will apply to the new Bush School Teaching Site in Washington, D.C. They are occasioned by different holidays in the District of Columbia that will require the closing of the teaching site.
- January 20 – No classes (Inauguration Day). Class rescheduled to April 28
- February 15 – No classes (President’s Day). Class rescheduled to May 3
- March 2 – DC classes WILL BE HELD (Texas Independence Day in College Station – no classes)
- March 18 – DC classes will be regular Thursday classes (redefined day in College Station)
- April 28 – DC classes will be regular Wednesday classes (redefined day in College Station)
- April 29 – Reading Day in DC (possible snow day make-up day)
- May 3 – Final day of class in DC (regular Monday classes)
- May 4-6 – Final exams (if scheduled)