The Bush School Admissions Office works with Graduate Admissions Processing at Texas A&M to process all applications for our MPSA, MIA, and MIP degrees. This involves a multi-step process whereby students apply through the ApplyTexas system and then upload supporting documents into the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS) or email them to us directly. Our directions below outline all application requirements, but for reference, you can visit the TAMU Office of Admissions.
Please read the Bush School Application Instructions below and submit by our priority deadline of January 15, 2020. We accept late applications on a space-available basis.
To avoid any confusion or delay in processing your application, please use the same spelling and name order on all correspondence and update AIS and the Bush School of any change in address or name.
The Bush School application process consists of two steps. Step one is to apply to Texas A&M University via the online application and pay the application fee, and step two is to submit all essays, résumé, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores to the Bush School via the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS), by email, or by mail.
Step 1 – Texas A&M University; Application
Step 2 – Texas A&M and the Bush School (via AIS, by email, or by mail)
The Bush School will only accept online applications processed at www.applytexas.org. See below for exceptions for TAMU 5-year program applicants or TAMU continuing graduate students.
Under the "Major" menu, select the appropriate application under the B’s for Bush School:
You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions within 24-72 hours after submitting your online application (anything after 6 p.m. rolls to the next weekday upload). It includes your Universal Identification Number (UIN). Include the UIN on all your documents AND use it to claim your NetID so you can log into the Application Information System (AIS) to check your application status. There you can check what has uploaded into AIS (app, letters, test scores, transcripts). Even if AIS says your file is complete, it may not be, as it only checks four of the six/seven required items. Bush School Admissions will provide you an OFFICIAL notice of a complete file. Look for our email updates and please be patient.
Texas A&M five-year program applicants and current graduate students in another department do not submit the ApplyTexas application. TAMU five-year applicants fill out a Bush School Joint-Degree Application and current TAMU graduate students fill out a Letter of Intent from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies website. The application fee is waived for these applicants.
A nonrefundable application fee of $65 for US citizens and permanent residents, or $90 for international applicants, is required to process an application. The fee may be paid by check, money order, or approved credit card (note that credit cards charge a fee of $1.50 to process). Checks or money orders (US dollars) should be made payable to Texas A&M University and should display an agency bank in the U.S. and have routing numbers at the bottom. If mailing payment, please send to the addresses below for Graduate Admissions Processing and include your name and UIN.
The Bush School does not waive application fees based on need, but Texas A&M might for domestic students. You can find more about that from the Office of Admissions at https://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply. The Bush School does have written agreements with several Service Organizations whereby the Bush School will pay the fee for volunteers from AmeriCorps (VISTA, Teach for America, City Year), Peace Corps, and PPIA. Texas A&M pays for those from the McNair Program. Applicants seeking this waiver should submit the ApplyTexas application without payment and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. Note to TAMU students/alumni: Do NOT submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University; we will download them for you.
Transcripts can be submitted in these ways:
If transcripts or mark-sheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translation in English, if necessary. Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official. Consolidated and provisional mark-sheets are not considered official. Please ask the registrar to send individual mark-sheets that list grades earned in each term. Photocopies or other duplications such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.
Reminder: Admitted students will not be able to register for classes unless official transcripts and diploma sheets are received by TAMU Graduate Admissions Processing either by electronic means or via sealed and signed mail to their address listed above.
In 750 words or less, tell us about the experiences that have influenced your professional and personal goals. This could include people, events, or places that have affected or inspired you (family/faculty/interactions/internships/courses/travel/etc). Essentially, we are looking for where you come from, what you’ve done that impacted your development, and where you want to be for a possible career. Your essay should be typed in 11 pt font and 1.5-2 spaced. Include your name and UIN on each page, if possible.
In 750 words or less, tell us about the experiences that have influenced your interest in foreign and international affairs. We recognize that every individual’s opportunities for such experiences vary substantially and may include study/living abroad, courses, language interests, international news events, family members/friends from other cultures, and more. It's ok to have repetition between the International Experience Essay and the Statement of Purpose. Your essay should be typed in 11 pt font and 1.5-2 spaced. Include your name and UIN on each page, if possible.
Provide a current résumé (up to two pages only) that includes activities after high school. It MUST include the following sections:
Click here for a Résumé Template.
Three recommendations are required for the MPSA and MIA; two for the MIP. It is strongly recommended that at least one or two be from someone who is familiar with your academic work (typically faculty and advisors) and another from someone familiar with your potential leadership, public service, or work experience (typically supervisors, mentors, associates, etc.).
Letters of Recommendation can be submitted in these ways; our preference is listed in order:
The Bush School has modified its GRE/GMAT testing requirements, as noted below. However, we do continue to accept them for anyone who feels a test score can complement a strong file or can offset concerns like a lower GPA or lack of experience in the field. We recommend scores be at or above our stated averages if possible (in 2019, MPSA-303 and MIA-308). Please give yourself time to prepare.
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 ApplyTexas application is submitted.
GRE Code 6003
GMAT Code 7B7-K9-03
Texas A&M University requires that applicants from non-English speaking countries submit proof of English proficiency in one of several ways:
Further clarification and a list of applicants from countries that are exempt from the English proficiency requirements are found on the International Graduate Admissions webpage.
TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003). 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 directly 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
The Bush School has created two Application Checklists to help you manage the process.They will print with the Application Instructions above, but are provided here as well.
If you mail any items to Graduate Admissions Processing (as listed above) or the Bush School, please do NOT staple items or include items in folders or cover sheets; leave sheets and sealed documents loose in your packet.
Addresses are listed above for TAMU’s Graduate Admissions Processing. For any items mailed directly to the Bush School, use this address:
Bush School Admissions
Texas A&M University
2129 Allen Building / 4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220
All documents on this page are in PDF format. To view the files you must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.