Bush School and Department of Sociology
The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of Sociology offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows sociology 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 their sociology undergraduate degree (BA/BS) and a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) graduate degree in five years.
To be considered for the 5-year degree program, sociology students must have a minimum 3.25 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 either a BA/BS degree in sociology, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree.
Texas A&M Core = 54 hours
Major Area = 33 hours
BA Requirements = 33 hours
BS Requirements = 17 hours
Bush School’s MPSA First-year = 18 of 24 hours can double count for SOCI undergrad credit
Admitted students will be enrolled in Bush School graduate courses with an undergraduate classification (U4) during their fourth year and will be reclassified as degree-seeking master’s students (G7) upon completing 120 credit hours. This will normally occur at the beginning of the fall semester of year five.
Five-year students will be required to complete the same 2-year, 48-hour curriculum as regularly admitted PSAA students. The curriculum combines nine common core courses with seven electives. Students choose a track in Public Management (PM), Public Policy Analysis (PPA), or Nonprofit Management (NPM) and are encouraged to create their own area of interest or to select from one of our elective concentrations (see the website for options). A noncredit-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.
Sociology majors who have at least a 3.25 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 two-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 program may exit the program at any time. Completed PSAA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in sociology, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MPSA will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s degree in sociology 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 BA/BS in sociology 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 participate in their MPSA graduation.
* Bush School courses counted as SOCI electives
** Bush School courses counted as general electives
*** approved SOCI course counted as Bush School elective
+ Up to 2 approved electives may be taken at TAMU
Advising for the 5-year degree program is a coordinated effort by the Department of Sociology and the Bush School. SOCI 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.
Sociology advisors are in Academic 107 from 9-11:30 and 1:30-4; firstname.lastname@example.org; 979-845-5144
You may also contact the Bush School for admissions information and curriculum advising.