Bush School and Department of International Studies
The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of International Studies offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows international studies majors to enter the Bush School at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive both their international studies undergraduate degree (BA) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) graduate degree in five years.
To be considered for the 5-year degree program, international studies students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have completed 102 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for a BA in International Studies (within the politics and diplomacy emphasis track), as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. The INTS experience abroad requirement must also be completed prior to enrollment.
Admitted students will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during their fourth year and will be re-classified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours. This will normally occur at the start of the fall semester of the fifth year.
Five-year students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 48-hour curriculum as regularly-admitted IA students. The curriculum includes six core courses (18 hrs), at least two concentration areas of three courses each (18 hrs), and four elective courses or an additional concentration (12 hrs). An international internship or an intensive language/cultural study for those without substantive professional experience is completed in the summer between the first and second year, and a capstone project for a “real world” client in their final semester caps the learning experience. As well, all students for whom English is their native language must pass an oral examination demonstrating proficiency in one foreign language before graduation.
International studies majors who have at least a 3.5 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 102 hours by the fall of their fourth year (meaning you have the summer before entry to complete any required hours) will be eligible to apply for the 5-year program during their junior year. Admission criteria for the 5-year program will be the same as for other students, and applicants will submit the same materials (including GRE scores); the one exception to this is the submission of a 2-page application found on the Bush School website rather that the ApplyTexas application, hence no application fee. Students who choose not to finish the MIA degree after being admitted to the 5-year program may exit the program at any time. Completed Bush School courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in international studies, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MIA will in no way impede their ability to attain a B.A. in International Studies when the requirements for that degree are completed. Those who pursue the 5-year program will receive both Texas A&M degrees upon completion of the entire program, earning their B.A. in International Studies and their Master of International Affairs at the end of their second year in the Bush School. Although they earn both, students will only walk for their MPIA graduation.
* GBS course that could double count as INTS Major
** GBS course that could double count as INTS Int’l Politics & Diplomacy
*** GBS course that could double count as INTS General CORE
**** GBS course or approved 400-level INTS course that could double count as Geographic Area Study
NOTE: INTS 400-level courses will be limited in year one, and will need MIA program director or GBS advisor approval Students will select from a first-year GBS course to complete their INTS senior thesis requirement (register for INTS 481 that semester); need GBS instructor approval and INTS program director notification.
+ Elective courses must complete two required MPIA concentrations, minimum; one must be tied to NS&D track
Advising for the 5-year program is a coordinated effort by both the Department of International Studies and by the Bush School. Departmental advising through INTS will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the start of their senior year. Phone: 979-845-5144
International Studies advisors are in Academic 107; (979) 845-5144
Dallas Reyes, firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact the Bush School for curriculum advising and admissions information.