Bush School and Department of Agricultural Economics
The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of Agricultural Economics offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows agricultural economics 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 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics (B.S. AGEC) and a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) graduate degree, with a track emphasis in public policy analysis (PPA), in five years. The program includes a total of 151 hours with 17 hours double-counting to both degrees.
To be considered for the 5-year degree program, agricultural economics students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have completed 103 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 B.S. in Agricultural Economics, as well as the courses required by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.
Texas A&M Core & Supporting = 63 hours
Major Area = 43 hours
Bush School’s MPSA first-year:
AGEC General Electives
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 year five.
Five-year students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 48-hour curriculum as other admitted MPSA students. The curriculum combines eight common core courses, two track core courses, two track electives, and four approved general electives, one of which must be selected from AGEC 604, 606, 607, 610, 614, 633, or 652. Students choose the Public Policy Analysis (PPA) track and are encouraged to create their own area of interest, or to select from one of our elective concentrations. A non-credit bearing professional internship is also completed in the summer between the first and second years for those without substantive professional experience. A capstone project for a “real world” client in year two caps the experience.
Agricultural economics majors who have at least a 3.25 GPA and who will have taken all of their prerequisite courses and otherwise completed 103 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 MPSA degree after being admitted to the 5-year degree program may exit the program at any time. Completed MPSA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, and students will select the AGEC option area that is most appropriate for their interest. Failure to complete the MPSA program will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics 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 BS in Agricultural Economics and their Master of Public Service and Administration at the end of their second year in the Bush School. Although they earn both, students will only walk for their MPSA graduation ceremony.
* 14 hours of Bush courses double-counted as AGEC general electives
** 3 hour AGEC course double-counted as Bush School credit
Advising for the 5-year program is a coordinated effort by both the Department of Agricultural Economics and by the Bush School. AGEC departmental advising will help ensure that interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the start of their senior year.
Agricultural Economics advisors can be reached at 845-4911 (or visit the Ag & Life Sciences Bldg., Ste 214) Donna Adcock, email@example.com
Dr. Fred Boadu, firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact the Bush School for admissions information and curriculum advising.