Master of International Affairs 5-year (3+2) Degree with the Texas A&M Departments of International Studies and Economics
The application and all supporting materials (including recommendations) must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Central Time) on the day of the application deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed or considered for admission.
|Fall 2024 Application Deadlines|
|Priority Funding Application Deadline|
December 15, 2023
|Final Application Deadline|
January 12, 2024
Wondering what the difference is between these two deadlines?
Visit the MIA App Deadlines page for more information.
Eligibility for Admission
Current Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) undergraduate students may apply for admission into the 3+2 MIA program during the fall of their junior year (or in the fall when they are classified as a U3) as long as the student:
- is classified as a U3 (or junior) majoring in one of the following at the time of their application, and
- International Studies (specifically in the emphasis track of International Politics & Diplomacy)
- has (or will have) a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 if majoring in Economics or 3.5 if majoring in International Studies by the start of the fall semester in which they will enter the 3+2 program, and
- has worked with their undergrad advisor to map out undergrad courses the student must complete prior to and after entry into the 3+2 program (if admitted), and
- has (or will have) approximately 66-78 credit hours of their undergrad degree completed by the start of the fall semester of their junior year (when they begin the 3+2 application process), and
- is predicted to have at least 102 credit hours of their undergrad degree completed by the start of the fall semester in which they will enter the 3+2 program, and
- has (or will have) completed their required study abroad trip prior to the start of the fall semester in which they will enter the 3+2 program, (only applicable to INTS majors), and
- is in good academic standing with their undergrad department, and
- is not expected to graduate or complete their undergrad degree during the academic year in which they are applying*, and
- understands that failure to satisfy ALL of these requirements will result in admission (if offered) being revoked to the 3+2 program.
*For example: A Texas A&M Undergrad student majoring in Economics who is expected to graduate from their undergrad degree in May 2024 is ineligible to apply for fall 2024 admission into the 3+2 program. The student would need to apply to the 2-year MIA degree instead.
Current Texas A&M undergraduate students who meet the eligibility requirements listed above may apply by submitting all of the following materials to complete their application by the application deadline (preferably the priority deadline, but no later than the final deadline). Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed or considered for admission.
To help you keep your application on track, we’ve created a step-by-step guide and checklist in PDF format for you to use as you work through your application: Fall 2024 5-Year MIA Application Requirements – Step-by-Step Guide & Checklist.
- 3+2 MIA Internal Application
- Personal Statement
- International Experience Essay
- Recommendations (3)
- GRE/GMAT Scores (optional)
- 5-year MIA Course Planner
For a detailed timeline of the admissions process, visit our Admissions Timeline page.
Contact us should you have any questions!
To avoid confusion or delay in processing an application, please use the same spelling and name on all correspondence. Notify the Bush School Admissions Office immediately of any changes to your name.
3+2 MIA Internal Application
Apply by submitting a Fall 2024: 3+2 MIA Internal Application. There is no application fee.
The application will ask you to provide your information, answer program-specific questions, and upload your supporting materials (resume, personal statement, international experience essay, and GRE/GMAT test scores if desired). We advise 3+2 MIA applicants to have their supporting materials ready to upload before filling out and submitting the application above. Three recommendations are required, but are to be submitted by your recommenders via email. Refer to the Recommendations section below for instructions.
Upload a current résumé (max of two pages) that includes activities after high school to your Fall 2024: 3+2 MIA Internal Application. A Résumé Template is available for reference, containing the information/sections to include in your résumé.
In an effort learn more about an applicant, applicants are asked to write a personal statement addressing the following prompt. Statements should be typed in 11 pt font, spaced 1.5”, and answer the following prompt. Include your name, the title “Personal Statement”, and page number on each page. Upload to your Fall 2024: 3+2 MIA Internal Application.
Prompt: In 750 words or less, please address the following topics in your personal statement:
- Your personal and professional goals for a career in international affairs,
- What (including people, places, internships, or events) inspired you to pursue a career in this field,
- How obtaining the MIA from the Bush School will help you achieve your goals, and
- What value you bring to the program; this may be knowledge gained from meaningful experiences, education, or jobs you have held in the past.
International Experience Essay
We understand experiences and opportunities will vary substantially from applicant to applicant. That’s okay! The purpose of the International Experience essay is simply to help us gain a better understanding of an applicant’s exposure to international affairs and what inspired them to pursue a degree/career in this field. Some repetition between your personal statement and essay may occur, but this essay should include new material too.
Essays should address the following prompt, be typed in 11 pt font, spaced 1.5”, and include the applicant’s name, the title “International Experience Essay,” and a page number on each page. Upload to your Fall 2024: 3+2 MIA Internal Application.
Prompt: In 750 words or less, tell us about the experiences that have influenced your interest in international affairs. We recognize that your experiences and opportunities may vary substantially from others, but we are looking for aspects of study abroad, living abroad, influential courses or readings, language interests, international news or events, cultural interactions, and more. Some repetition may occur from your statement, but this essay should have some new material too. :
Three recommendations (consisting of a letter and brief evaluation) are required and must be received by the application deadline, preferably the priority application deadline, but no later than the final application deadline. Applications with fewer than three recommendations will NOT be reviewing for admission. Recommendations can be from:
- (preferred) a higher education academic reference, particularly from a course instructor who can attest to an applicant’s capability to pursue graduate school.
- a professional reference as needed, particularly for those who worked before or during their undergrad degree. A professional reference should speak to the applicant’s leadership, character, public service, military or work experience, but should also provide specific anecdotes as to why the applicant is prepared for graduate school.
To request a recommendation, applicants should discuss the program and recommendation requirements with their recommender well in advance of the application deadline. If the recommender agrees to submit a recommendation on the applicant’s behalf, the applicant should fill out the top portion of the Recommendation Form with their information and email it to their recommenders with instructions for the recommender to do the following:
- Write a letter of recommendation (preferably on official letterhead),
- Fill out the bottom evaluation portion of the recommendation form,
- Email the completed recommendation form and letter to the Bush School Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will not accept recommendations submitted from an applicant; recommendations must be emailed directly from the recommender.
The Bush School Admissions Office will send the applicant an email notification each time a recommendation has been received on their behalf. However, it is the applicant’s responsibility to follow-up with any recommenders who have not yet submitted a recommendation to ensure they do so by the deadline the applicant set with them, but no later than the final application deadline.
Students do not need to submit or upload their Texas A&M transcript. The Bush School’s Graduate Admissions Office will download a copy of the student’s transcript at the time they submit their application, after final fall grades are posted, and again in early August to ensure the student successfully completed all of their undergrad course requirements and meets the minimum GPA requirement.
GRE or GMAT test scores are not required to apply to the 3+2 MIA degree program. However, scores are accepted for anyone who feels their scores can strengthen their application, offset concerns such as lack of experience in the field, or if their grades/experiences do not reflect their current abilities.
When considering whether to submit scores for your application, know that our average GRE score is a 310 for those applying to the MIA degree. We prefer the GRE over GMAT. Any score of 300 or above can help strengthen an application. Scores must be within five years of the date the application is submitted.
Applicants who decide to submit test scores should upload a copy of their Test Score Report to their Internal Application. Official scores are not needed, but can be sent to Texas A&M University using the following codes. (GRE Code: 6003 / GMAT Code: 7B7-K9-57)
5-Year MIA Course Planner
Students applying to the 3+2 MIA degree are required to meet with their undergrad advisor to discuss applying to the 3+2 MIA program. The student and advisor should fill out the corresponding course planner below to ensure the student is on track to complete all undergraduate requirements for their degree (except for the courses that double count toward both their undergrad and MIA) prior to fall entry into the 3+2 degree. The student will then upload a copy of their completed and signed course planner to their Fall 2024: 3+2 MIA Internal Application.
Questions about undergraduate course or degree requirements in preparation for applying to the 3+2 MIA program should be directed to the student’s undergraduate advisor.
- International Studies: Dallas Reyes (email@example.com)
- Economics: Shelby Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions about applying to the 3+2 MIA degree should be directed to Ashlee Treadway or Kathryn Meyer in the Bush School Graduate Admissions Office:
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