The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University was founded in 1997 on 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. Accordingly, our school has become a leading public and international affairs graduate institution.
About Our Academia
The Bush School offers four graduate programs for students aspiring to careers in public service. We offer degrees such as Public Service and Administration, International Affairs and International Policy. Along with our Executive Master in Public Service and Administration, programs develop principled leaders for professional careers in public service. The Bush School also offers graduate certificates. For example, students may study Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, Geospatial Intelligence or Cybersecurity Policy. Not to mention, the Bush School has joined with several Texas A&M departments to offer seven Bachelor’s/Master’s 5-Year (3+2) Programs. These programs allow students to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year and receive both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.
The Bush School offers incredible rigor of curriculum and internationally-acclaimed faculty. Our school ranks in the top 25 graduate schools for public affairs for 2023, placing it in the top 9 percent according to U.S. News & World Report. Among public universities, the Bush School ranks 13th. The school ranks 23rd overall, up from 16th among public institutions, and 28th overall for 2022. The Bush School ranked no. 1 for “best value” in both residential MPA programs and executive online MPA programs by Value College.
Bush School programs at College Station convene in the newly-renovated Robert H. and Judy Ley Allen Building. As a matter of fact, the building stands as part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center of Texas A&M, a top-tier research institution. Hence, this location affords students a wealth of resources to access throughout their graduate education. For example, students may research opportunities at any of the three research institutions housed within the Allen building. They also have access to the archival holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, our school encourages students to attend numerous events and prestigious speaking engagements hosted by the George & Barbara Bush Foundation.
In 2021, the Bush School expanded our vision to inspire excellence with the opening of the Washington, DC, Teaching Site. Presently, the Bush School DC offers Master of International Policy (MIP) and Master of National Security & Intelligence (NSI) programs. The site also offers a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA).
The Bush School prepares students to become principled leaders and to reflect the value of public service throughout their careers.
- Top 25 (23rd/top 9% overall) in Public Affairs Programs, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- 1st in the nation for the best value for residential MPA, Value Colleges, 2021.
- 1st in the nation for the best value for executive online MPA, Value Colleges, 2021.
- 5th among public universities and 26th in the nation for its International Affairs program, Foreign Policy, 2018.
- 5th among public universities and 6th in the nation for its Homeland Security program, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- 7th in the world for Public Administration Research, ShanghaiRanking, 2021.
- 13th among public universities for its Public Management program, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- 13th among public universities for its Public Affairs program, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- 15th among public universities for its Nonprofit Management program, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
- 21st among public universities for its Local Government Management program, U.S. News & World Report, 2023.
About Our Accreditations
- 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 thirty-nine full members of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.