The Certificate in National Security Affairs (CNSA) admits students once per year, for summer entry only. To apply, qualified applicants must be submit all of the following items by May 2, 2022:
Apply by submitting an online GradCAS application to the Bush School’s Summer 2022 CNSA program.
To apply, applicants will create an account in GradCAS and proceed with filling out four quadrants of information (Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials). When starting the Program Materials quadrant, applicants are prompted to select the program they wish to apply to. Look for and select the following:
- Summer 2022 Certificate in National Security Affairs
Then, proceed with filling out the Program Materials quadrant, which includes entering the contact information for one recommender.
When all four quadrants are completed, submit your application. See below for detailed instructions on each section.
Applicants must pay a nonrefundable application fee to submit their application in GradCAS. The application fees are:
- $89 for domestic applicants
- $114 for international applicants
Refunds cannot be issue once an application is submitted. Payments can only be made via credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
The application automatically requires applicants to upload their resume. This requirement is system-defined and cannot be modified. However, we do not require a resume for your application, so you may choose to upload a resume if you have one, or upload a blank document to fulfill the requirement.
UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED TO APPLY
In GradCAS, applicants must upload a copy of their Bachelor’s transcript to the Academic History quadrant -> Colleges Attended section. Applicants are asked to enter every college/university attended. However, applicants are only required to upload their Bachelor’s transcript. Transcripts from junior or community colleges are not needed. For each degree earned, the corresponding transcript must indicate the name of the degree and date it was awarded. Note: Transcripts uploaded to GradCAS or sent via email are considered unofficial, but will be used to review an application for admission.
- International Transcripts: For transcripts from a college not located in the United States, upload your transcript and diploma (or degree certificate) in its’ native language along with an English translation (if applicable). Save all documents into one file and upload to your GradCAS application.
- Texas A&M Current or Former Students: Please upload a copy of your Texas A&M transcript to GradCAS. However, you do not need to submit official transcript if admitted.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED UPON ADMISSION
If admitted, a student cannot register for courses until their official Bachelor’s transcript is received and processed by the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Admission. A registration hold will be placed on the student’s account until officials are on file. It can take the Texas A&M Admissions Office up to 14 business days to process official transcripts, so it is imperative for an admitted student to request their official transcripts be sent immediately upon admission.
For a transcript to be considered official, transcripts must be submitted directly from the university/college to Texas A&M’s Office of Graduate Admissions (NOT the Bush School) in one of the following ways:
- Electronically via SPEEDE, eSCRIPT-SAFE, PARCHMENT, or National Student Clearing House to email@example.com .
- Mailed to Texas A&M Graduate Admissions Processing in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s signature or stamp across the seal.
- U.S. postal mail
Graduate Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
PO Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001
- Express mail or courier (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Rd, Suite 1601
College Station, TX 77843-0200
- U.S. postal mail
International Transcripts: The applicant must submit their official transcript and diploma (or degree certificate) in its’ native language as well as an official English translation for both. They are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. 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 your registrar to send individual mark-sheets with the grades earned in each term. Photocopies or other duplications such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.
Texas A&M (College Station, Galveston, or Qatar) Current or Former Students: You do NOT need to submit your official Texas A&M transcripts or transcripts you previously sent to Texas A&M.
One recommendation from the applicant’s immediate supervisor is required. The letter of recommendation should be written on official letterhead (if possible) and uploaded to the GradCAS Letters by Liaison portal. See below for detailed instructions.
- The Program Materials quadrant -> Recommendations tab of the GradCAS application will require an applicant to enter the name and email address of their recommender.
- The “Due Date” an applicant enters when filling out the recommenders’ contact information is displayed in the email notification the recommender receives along with any “Personal Messages/Notes” that were entered. We recommend applicants set a due date of at least a week prior to the application deadline to ensure their recommendations are received by the application deadline.
- Immediately upon saving the recommender’s information, an email is automatically sent to the email address entered with a request to submit their recommendation for your application.
- Applicants are encouraged to advise their recommenders to look for an email from Letters by Liaison in their inbox, as well as their spam/junk mail folders, since emails are occasionally flagged incorrectly.
- The recommender will accept the request, create an account in the the GradCAS Letters by Liaison Portal, and then upload their recommendation letters.
*Tip* Applicants do not have to wait for their recommender to submit a recommendation before submitting their application. Rather, we advise applicants to submit their application and continue to monitor the status of their recommendations to ensure they are received by the application deadline. Simply log back into their GradCAS application, navigate to the Program Materials quadrant -> Recommendations tab to check the status of each recommendation and/or to send a reminder.
Recommendations will be in one of the following statuses:
- Complete: Recommendation has been submitted. Should list a completed date.
- Requested: An email was sent to your recommender, but your recommender has not accepted or declined the request for a recommendation.
- Accepted: The recommender has accepted the request for a recommendation and may have even started their recommendation, but they have not submitted it quite yet.
To send a reminder to your recommender: You can either call or send your recommender your own email. Or, you can resend the request through GradCAS by editing a recommender, adding a note, and pressing the ‘Resend This Recommendation Request’ button at the bottom of the page.