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What is the deadline for the MPSA, MIA, MIA-MPH, and MIP applications?
A: Check out our priority application and final deadlines for each degree on our Deadlines page.
How do I apply?
A: Refer tothe Apply Now! INTA Department for MIA, MIA-MPH, or MIP degrees or Apply Now! PSAA Department for MPSA and PhD Collaborative degrees.
What documents are required for a complete degree application?
A: Complete and detailed instructions for each degree are found on the Apply Now links above. General requirements for all degrees: the online application and fee, professional résumé, statement of purpose, recommendations, and transcripts. The GRE is optional for the MPSA and MIP and for those with a GPA of 3.2 or above in the MIA. For a concise overview for you degree, print the appropriate checklist found under the ApplyNow Links, as additional documents may be required.
How will I know when my degree application is complete?
A: Applicants may check the general status of their online application through the UniCAS system. However, notices from the Bush School Admissions Office are the true status of your file. UniCAS will only reflect four basic updates: the application, online recs, test scores, and transcript processing. The Bush School Admissions Office will periodically email a status update and will notify you when the file is complete and any next steps.
Is the GRE/GMAT exams required? What if I take the test more than once?
A: The Bush School modified its GRE/GMAT testing requirements in 2019. However, although it is now optional for most, we continue to accept scores for anyone who feels your grades and experiences do not reflect your current abilities or if it can strengthen your file. GRE requirements by degree:
- MPSA: The GRE is optional. However, it is highly encouraged for overall GPAs below 3.2.
- MIA: The GRE is required for those below an overall GPA of 3.2. It is optional if 3.2 or above.
- MIP: The GRE is optional. However, it is highly encouraged for overall GPAs below 3.0.
Test scores (GRE preferred over GMAT) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the UniCAS application is submitted.
- GRE Code: 6003
- GMAT Code: 7B7-K9-03
There is no penalty for those who take a test more than once. Texas A&M takes the highest total from one test date. Scores are not averaged nor super scored.
Where do I find information about taking the GRE? How much does it cost?
A: Students may visit the GRE website and click on the GRE General Test. Typically, test dates are offered multiple times a week and scores take about 10-15 days to process. The cost is $205 for most countries.
How can I prepare for the GRE test?
A: Various companies provide up-to-date college test prep materials for the GRE, including Princeton Review, Kaplan, Magoosh, and ETS itself. Prices vary significantly, but many find the structure and feedback beneficial to their study. Some of the resources are even free. Find more by searching the company name with GRE (e.g., gre.magoosh.com/)
What if I cannot take the test or have the test scores arrive by the deadline?
A: For those required to submit GRE scores, an application is incomplete without them. Applicants can submit the online application without scores and, after taking the GRE, email us the unofficial verbal and quantitative scores to be placeholders until the originals arrive 10-15 days later. Scores can be emailed to email@example.com. We recommend tests be completed by November to meet the mid-December priority deadline.
Do international students have to take the TOEFL/IELTS exams?
Texas A&M University requires that applicants from non-English speaking countries submit proof of English proficiency in one of several ways:
- Score at least 146 on the GRE verbal section (or 22 on GMAT verbal)
- Earn a TOEFL score of at least 80 ibt or 550 pbt; the Bush School prefers a 100 ibt or 600 pbt
- Score a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band; the Bush School prefers a 7.0 band
- Complete all years of a bachelor’s degree or higher at an accredited university in the US
You can find further clarification, and a list of countries that are exempt from the English proficiency requirements, on Texas A&M’s International Admissions webpage.
TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003) and be from a test date within two years of the date that the application is submitted.
To report IELTS scores: Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS Test Center. No paper test report forms will be accepted. An institutional code is not required. Please contact the test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system to the address below:
International Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40002
College Station, TX 77842-4002
What criteria does the Admissions Committee use in evaluating applicants?
A: The Admissions Committee evaluates students holistically via their essays and résumé, transcripts, test scores, recommendations, writing ability, and interview quality. Successful applicants are those with academic potential and leadership qualities who show a propensity for serving in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors domestically and internationally.
Who makes the decision on admissions? When will final decisions be announced?
A: Each department has an Admissions Committee consisting of faculty and admissions staff who review and interview applicants. We typically interview double the intended class size (e.g., 180 interview for a class of 90) throughout February. In early March, the committees meet to make the bulk of admissions decisions. Announcements are emailed and mailed to students soon thereafter.
What and when is the Interview Conference? Who pays for travel?
A: Selected applicants are invited to attend their department’s Interview Conference Weekend (ICW), typically held in late February or early March. They visit campus, meet future classmates /alumni/ students/ staff/ faculty, interview in person, get a feel for the environment, and more. The half-day Friday and all day Saturday event is a place for both candidates and the Bush School to learn more about each other through sessions and interactions.
Attendees are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses to and from the conference, but the Bush School provides logistical information (hotel recommendations, etc.) and will reimburse approximately 1/3 of travel expenses to those who submit receipts after the event ($300 reimbursement max). Candidates can cut costs by staying with a current student or sharing a hotel room. Meals are provided Friday evening and all day Saturday. Dress is business to business casual.
Applicants who cannot attend the ICW will register for a Zoom, Skype, or phone interview with faculty and staff. Late applicants will interview this way as files are processed and reviewed.
Do you have a waitlist?
The International Affairs Department uses a waitlist each year, while the Public Service and Administration Department uses it more sparingly. The waitlist is not ranked and students are notified if and when places become available.
When does the Bush School start in the fall?
A: The Bush School hosts a mandatory incoming student orientation the week prior to the first day of school, which is typically the last Monday in August. For specific dates, refer to the Texas A&M University Academic Calendar
Can you attend the degrees part-time?
A: Yes, if this works better for your schedule. Classes are typically offered Monday through Friday during work hours, so you must have some flexibility in your work schedule to attend classes. For a financial consideration in the MPSA and MIA degrees, note that you must enroll full-time (at least nine hours per fall/spring semester) to qualify for most financial aid, including Bush School Scholarships.
Are there any required prerequisite courses?
A: None of our degrees require prerequisites, although they do encourage having some familiarity with these topics:
- MPSA: American government; economics (micro and/or macro); statistics, research methods, and/or calculus
- MIA-NSD/MIP: international relations or world politics; diplomatic history; American foreign policy; twentieth century history
- MIA-IDEP: economics (micro or macro); statistics
What are the specialized tracks and concentrations?
A: More information can be found under the Academic section.
- MPSA: MPSA Tracks and MPSA Concentrations
- MIA: MIA Tracks and MIA Concentrations
- MIP: use the MIA tracks and concentrations
What are the required number of hours and graduation requirements in each degree?
A: MPSA: The degree is 2 years, 48-credit hours; requires a year-long capstone and professional internship. Most attend full-time, but a few are part-time and graduate past 2 years.
MIA: The degree is 2 years, 48-credit hours; requires a semester-long capstone and professional internship or foreign language training. MIA native English speakers must pass a foreign language exam to graduate. Most attend full-time, but a few are part-time and graduate past 2 years.
MIP: The degree is 1 year, 30-credit hours; no capstone, no internship, and no language requirement.
Are any online courses offered?
A: The Bush School offers online courses through our Office of Extended Education and, with faculty advisor approval, these courses can apply towards a student’s degree plan. However, any 700-section web-based courses charge a Distance Education Fee that must be paid in addition to regular fees (about $1,510 per course).
May I apply my graduate certificate hours towards a Bush School degree? How many hours?
A: A maximum of 12 credit hours taken in post-baccalaureate non-degree status (G6) may be applied toward a master’s degree. You would want to research which certificates work best with each degree and which classes match your concentration requirements. While the degrees do take interest in how you perform in the certificates, successful completion does not guarantee admission; you must be competitive in other aspects too.
May I transfer graduate hours from another university towards a Bush School degree?
A: In order for candidates to use transfer courses on their Texas A&M degree plan, the courses must have been taken in-residence at an accredited or approved institution, the candidate must have been in degree-seeking status at the institution, and grades must be a “B” or better. In most cases, no more than 12 transfer hours can count towards a student’s degree plan in the MPSA or MIA. As well, academic work used toward a previous degree many not be used again and any work over 7 years old cannot transfer. The department head has final approval for any transfer work.
Financial Aid Questions
How can I pay for my education? What scholarships and waivers are available?
A: A comprehensive overview of Bush School aid is found under Financial Aid, listed by degree.
In short, the MPSA and MIA degrees offer merit awards to every admitted student. These range from Bush School Scholarships typically worth $3K to $15K to some specialized awards like Graduate Merit, Diversity, and Robertson Fellowships that pay significantly more (closer to $30K per year). Additionally, out-of-state students are granted non-resident tuition waivers that allow them to pay Texas rates, a reduction of about $12,000 a year from the non-resident rate. Second-year funding is renewed at the same rate if students maintain a predetermined GPA.
How much scholarship aid a student receives is based primarily upon his/her academics, but experience, leadership, recommendations, commitment to public service, language, travel, awards, and other notable attributes are also highly regarded.
Are international students eligible for Bush School Scholarships?
A: Yes, international students are eligible for Bush School Scholarships, but they are not eligible to participate in the Federal Loan programs (Stafford, Perkins, etc.). International students can also visit International Student Services (ISS) for a list of additional scholarships available.
Are graduate assistantships (GAs) available?
A: The Bush School does not offer GA positions to incoming, first-year students. However, about fifteen research GAs are awarded per department, as are a few non-teaching GAs, to our top second-year students. First-year grades and fit play a heavy consideration in who will be chosen by faculty.
How much will the 2-year degree cost?
A: MPSA/MIA: The yearly cost of tuition/fees is about $13,200 for resident rates, which our scholarships qualify non-residents to pay. Living costs are about $21,000 a year. That puts the total cost at nearly $34,000 a year, or $68,000 over two years before scholarship support is subtracted.
International students have a few additional charges (including health insurance), increasing the cost by at least $4,000. But remember, students live in an affordable town with close proximity to four major metropolitan areas, and they graduate to join one of the largest and most active alumni associations in the world.
MIP: This one-year degree tackles 30 hours at a yearly tuition/fee cost of roughly $16,500 for residents and $32,000 for non-residents. Living costs are about $21,000 a year for a total cost of $37,000 for residents and about $53,000 for non-residents.
How do I contact the financial aid office at Texas A&M?
A: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office may be reached by phone at 979-845-3236 or online at Texas A&M Scholarships and Aid.
Does the Bush School offer career mentoring and assistance?
A: Yes, the Bush School employs three staff members who assist students in bridging the gap between academia and the professional world. They do it through career development workshops, internship and job search assistance, alumni mentoring programs, and more. We are committed to helping our students and alumni create successful careers, providing them with the tools to complete an effective employment search, make connections with employers, and find opportunities to build a network of professional contacts. Additional information can be found online under Career Services.
Does the Career Service office help with internship options and funding?
Yes, the Career Services staff work with our faculty to provide leads on relevant internships as well as maintain internship information from a variety of public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Students are also encouraged to seek out opportunities through their own networking contacts. Ultimately, students have to apply and market their skills effectively to secure an internship that is relevant to them, but we provide guidance and help.
Should students receive an internship with no funding, they can apply for some financial support through our Career Services Office. But they have to qualify by attending the career development workshops offered in the fall and spring of their first year. Aid amounts vary by internship location.
What do the average employment rates look like six months after graduation?
How quickly you land a job and how closely it matches your interests depends on many factors (including security clearances and your desired location), but our employment rates are very competitive from year to year, averaging the last three years at 92% for MPSA and 87% for MIA.
May I visit the Bush School?
A: Yes! Students are encouraged to visit the Bush School to learn more about our programs. We hold several fall/winter events and can set up individual visits. Review Recruitment Events. An appointment can be scheduled by calling 979-862-3476 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us at least a week in advance of the intended visit, if possible.