Bush School and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
The Bush School of Government & Public Service and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences offer a five-year (3+2) degree program that allows Wildlife and Fisheries 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 Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (B.S. WFSC) and a Master of Public Service & Administration (MPSA) graduate degree in five years. The program includes a total of 150 hours with 18 hours double-counting to both degrees.
To be considered for the 3+2 program, Wildlife and Fisheries 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 a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries, 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 Undergrad Requirements = 102 hours
Bush School’s MPSA first-year
= 15 Bush hours double-count for WFSC undergrad credit + 1 WFSC course counts for Bush School credit
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 two-year, 48-hour curriculum as regularly-admitted MPSA students. The curriculum combines ten core courses with six 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 http://bush.tamu.edu for options). 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.
Wildlife and Fisheries 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 students have the summer before entry to complete any required hours) will be eligible to apply for the five-year program during their junior year. Admission criteria for the five-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 five-year degree program may exit the program at any time. Completed PSAA courses will be applied to their bachelor’s degree in political science, as appropriate. Failure to complete the MPSA will in no way impede their ability to attain a bachelor’s when the requirements for that degree are completed.
Those who pursue the five-year program will receive both Texas A&M degrees upon completion of the entire program, earning their B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences and their MPSA at the end of their second year in the Bush School. Although they earn both, students will only walk for their MPSA graduation.
Note: A course used as a Quant Methods II requirement cannot be used for another purpose.
* Bush School and WFSC courses that can double-count
+Up to two of six approved electives may be taken in other departments outside of the Bush School
Advising for the five-year program is a coordinated effort by both the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences and by the Bush School. Undergrad advising will help ensure interested students have satisfied the prerequisite course requirements for the bachelor’s degree by the start of their senior year.
Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences advisors can be reached at (979) 845-5708 (Room 114 WFES); email email@example.com; Lindsay Hutchins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faegen Lee at email@example.com.
You may also contact the Bush School for admissions information and curriculum advising.