Master of Public Service & Administration
Application for fall 2024
The application and all supporting materials (including recommendations) must be submitted through the online Texas A&M University GraduateCAS application system 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.
U.S. Applicants: April 15, 2024
International Applicants: February 15, 2024
Visit the MPSA App Deadlines
Texas A&M 3+2 Applicants: Do NOT submit an application in GradCAS. Refer to the 3+2 MPSA Application Instructions.
Current Texas A&M Graduate Students: If you wish to change your graduate major to the MPSA program or continue in the MPSA program upon graduation from your current degree, contact the Bush School Graduate Admissions Office for next steps.
(Click the links below to jump to the corresponding section) To help you keep on track with your application, we’ve created a step-by-step guide and checklist in PDF format for you to use as you work on your application: Fall 2024 MPSA Application Requirements – Step-by-Step Guide & Checklist
- Application – Opens in early August!
- Application Fee
- Personal Statement
- Recommendations (3)
- GRE/GMAT Scores (optional)
- Proof of English Proficiency (for applicants from non-English speaking countries)
For a detailed timeline of the admissions process, visit our Admissions Timeline page.
For questions, contact the Bush School’s Graduate Admissions office. 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.
Start your application in GradCAS at any time! You may return to upload additional materials or update information prior to submitting your application. Just make sure you submit your application and all materials prior to 11:59 PM (Central Time) on the application deadline. Unless an applicant is a continuing Texas A&M graduate student (or TAMU 3+2 applicant), submission of an application and all supporting documents through is required as follows.
- Create an account in the 2024 Texas A&M University GraduateCAS (GradCAS).
- Fill out all required fields in Quadrant 1: Personal Information.
- Fill out all required fields in Quadrant 2: Academic History.
- Fill out all required fields in Quadrant 3: Supporting Information.
- Add the ‘Fall 2024 MPSA’ program to your application in Quadrant 4: Program Materials and proceed with answering all program-specific questions, uploading program-specific materials (personal statement, test scores), and requesting recommendations.
- Submit your application by paying the application fee either BEFORE or AFTER your recommendations are received (but prior to the application deadline).
To submit the application, applicants must pay a nonrefundable application fee via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover):
- $89 for domestic applicants*
- $114 for international applicants
Application Fee Waivers: We cannot waive the application fee for any applicant. However, we do have written agreements with several service organizations whereby the Bush School will pay the application fee for members, alumni, or participants in one of the following groups:
- AmeriCorps, Teach For America, City Year, and/or Peace Corps:
If you are a member or alumni of one of these organizations, email a copy of your service letter (or a document listing your dates of service) to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE submitting your application. We will verify your service, pay the application fee for you, and reply with further instructions for you to submit your application. **DO NOT** pay the application fee. Refunds cannot be given once payment is made.
- PPIA Junior Summer Institute Participants:
If you participated in the Public Policy International Affairs Junior Summer Institute (JSI), email a copy of your transcript to email@example.com BEFORE submitting your application. We will pay the application fee for you and reply with further instructions for you to submit your application. **DO NOT** pay the application fee. Refunds cannot be given once payment is made.
Pickering, Rangel, or Payne Fellowship Recipients:
If you are a finalist or recipient of the Pickering, Rangel, or Payne Fellowships, email firstname.lastname@example.org when you are ready to submit your application with your GradCAS Application ID, name, fellowship, and status. We will verify your status, pay the application fee for you, and reply with further instructions for you to submit your application. **DO NOT** pay the application fee. Refunds cannot be given once payment is made.
McNair Scholars: Texas A&M partners with the McNair Scholars program to pay the application fee for applicants to various programs across campus. Scholars must provide a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to Delayne Nichols at email@example.com. Include the program and term you are applying to. Visit the Texas A&M Office of Admissions website for details.
Pell Grant Recipients or Low Income Applicants: Submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant or your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA showing financial need to firstname.lastname@example.org in the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Admissions. Visit the Texas A&M Graduate Admissions website for details.
Exceptional Financial Hardship?
The Bush School has a very limited number of application fees we can pay for domestic applicants with an exceptional financial hardship. We are unable to pay application fees for international applicants.
If you are a U.S. applicant experiencing an exceptional financial hardship:
Email email@example.com with your resume and an essay of 300 words or less explaining your hardship and need for an application fee waiver. Hardships may be due to your family receiving public assistance, experiencing a recent family tragedy, or other financial limitation. We will review your request and if approved, pay the application fee for you and reply to your request with further instruction for you to submit your application. *DO NOT** pay the application fee until receive a decision from us. Refunds cannot be given once payment is made.
International Applicants: Texas A&M nor The Bush School waives or pays the application fees for international applicants.
Applicants are asked to upload a current résumé (two pages maximum) containing activities after high school to the Supporting Information quadrant → Documents section of their application in GradCAS. 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 answering the following prompt. Statements should be typed in 11pt font, spaced 1.5″, and include the applicant’s name, the title “Personal Statement,” and a page number on each page. Upload to the Program Materials quadrant → Documents tab in their GradCAS application.
Prompt: In 750 words or less, please address the following topics in your personal statement:
- Your personal and professional goals for your intended career,
- What (including the people, places, or events) inspired you to pursue a career in public service,
- How obtaining the MPSA from the Bush School will help you achieve your goals, and
- Include your public service experience and what value you bring to the program.
Three recommendations (consisting of a letter in English and brief evaluation) are required and must be submitted electronically by the application deadline. Applications with fewer than three recommendations will NOT be reviewed 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 graduated several years prior to applying. Professional references can speak to the applicant’s leadership; character; public service, military, or work experience, but should provide specific anecdotes as to why the applicant is qualified for graduate school.
For instructions on requesting, monitoring, and resending a recommendation request, click here.
Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree by they enroll in the program. Applicants with a degree from a university outside of the United States must have earned a degree equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree in the United States. Visit the Texas A&M International Graduate Admissions website for a list of Bachelor’s Degree equivalencies.
COPIES OF OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED TO APPLY
To apply, applicants are asked to enter the name of every college they attended on their application in GradCAS via the Academic History quadrant → Colleges Attended section, but only need to upload a copy of their transcript for the 4-year colleges they attended. Official transcripts are not needed to apply, but will be required upon admission to enroll in courses.
- Texas A&M Current or Former Students: Please upload a copy of your Texas A&M transcript to GradCAS.
- International (non-US) Transcripts: Please visit the International Application Requirements page for more details on the academic records you need to upload.
Some items to note:
- Transcripts from junior or community colleges are not needed.
- For each degree earned, the corresponding transcript must be noted with the degree earned and the date the degree was awarded.
- A copy of an official transcript containing courses that were taken at a 4-year college and transferred into another college are required, even if the courses are listed on the transcript of the college the courses were transferred to.
- Transcripts uploaded to the application are considered “unofficial”, but will be used to review an application for admission.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS are only required from all 4-year colleges attended upon admission into the program to enroll in courses. Click here for instructions on submitting official transcripts.
GRE/GMAT Scores (optional)
GRE or GMAT scores are not required to apply. However, scores are:
Strongly encouraged for those with a cumulative GPA below a 3.2 (out of 4.0) as listed on the transcript issuing the degree (bachelor, master, PhD).
- Accepted for anyone who feels their scores can complement a strong file or offset concerns such as a low GPA, 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 304 for those applying to the MPSA degree. Any score of 300 or above can help strengthen an application. Test scores must be within five years of the submission date of your application.
If you choose to submit GRE or GMAT test scores, upload a copy of your Test Score Report to the Program Materials quadrant → Documents tab of your application in GradCAS.
International Applicants: If you wish to provide Proof of English Proficiency via a GRE/GMAT score, then you must submit our official test scores directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to Texas A&M University (College Station, TX). Use GRE code: 6003 or GMAT code: 7B7-K9-57. Also upload a copy of your Test Score Report to the Program Materials quadrant → Documents tab of your application in GradCAS.
Proof of English Proficiency
(for citizens from non-English speaking countries)
Citizens from non-English speaking countries are required to submit proof of English proficiency at the time they apply to be considered for admission, unless they are a citizen of one of the countries exempt from this requirement as listed on the Texas A&M International Graduate Admissions website. If your country of citizenship is not listed/exempt, visit the International Application Requirements page.
Contact Information: Bush School Graduate Admissions
Questions about the application or application process for the on-campus Master of Public Service & Administration should be directed to Ashlee Treadway or Kathryn Meyer in the Bush School Admissions Office:
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