The Bush School of Government and Public Service was founded in 1997, under President George H.W. Bush's philosophy that public service is a noble calling. Since then, the Bush School has continued to reflect that notion in curriculum, research, and student experience and has become a leading public and international affairs graduate institution.
The Bush School offers four graduate programs for all students aspiring to careers in public service. Degrees in Public Service and Administration, International Affairs, and International Policy, as well as an online Executive Master in Public Service and Administration, develop principled leaders for professional careers in public service. The Bush School also offers Graduate Certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, and National Security Affairs.
A rigorous curriculum and internationally acclaimed faculty have propelled the Bush School to rank in the top 10 percent of graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Among public universities, the Bush School is ranked in the top 20 of public affairs programs with all three concentrations offered through the Master of Public Service and Administration earning top ranks. In 2015, Foreign Policy magazine named the Bush School Master of International Affairs program in the top 5 of public international affairs programs. The Bush School has also been named a “best value” in public affairs education, offering students a substantial financial aid package while also providing a world-class education required for 21st-century leadership.
Located in College Station, Texas, Bush School programs are housed in the Robert H. and Judy Ley Allen Building, part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the campus of Texas A&M University, a top-tier research institution. This location affords students a wealth of resources to access throughout their graduate education including research opportunities at any of the three research institutions housed within the Allen building, access to the archival holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and invitation to numerous events and prestigious speaking engagements hosted by the George Bush Foundation.
The Bush School prepares students to become principled leaders in their fields and to reflect the value of public service throughout their careers.
Top 10% in Public Affairs Programs, U.S. News & World Report
5th - Rank among US public universities and 19th in the nation for its International Affairs program, Foreign Policy, 2015
12th - Rank among public universities and 19th in the nation for its Public Management Administration program, U.S. News & World Report
21st - Rank among public universities for its Master of Public Affairs degree, U.S. News & World Report
The Master of Public Service and Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
The Master of International Affairs program is one of 35 full members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.