5-Year (3+2) Degree Program / WFS-MPSA

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.


Description

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.


Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Bachelor of Science

Texas A&M Undergrad Requirements = 102 hours

  • BIOL 111 and 112 (8 hrs)
  • MATH 140 and 142 (6 hrs)
  • HIST 105 and 106 (6 hrs)
  • ENGL 104 (3 hrs)
  • COMM 203 or ENGL 210 (3 hrs)
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 hrs)
  • POLS 206 and 207 (6 hrs)
  • CHEM 119 and 222 (7 hrs)
  • Creative Arts (3 hrs)
  • Social & Behavioral Science (3 hrs)
  • Free electives (4 hrs)
  • RENR 205 and 215 (4 hrs)
  • PHYS 201 (4 hrs)
  • STAT 301, 302, or 303 (3 hrs)
  • WFSC 101 (3 hrs)
  • WFSC 302, 303, 401 (9 hrs)
  • WFSC 311, 403, 408, 433 (12 hrs)
  • WFSC 304, 402, 484 (9 hrs)
  • ESSM 351 or RENR 405 (3 hrs)
  • ESSM 301, 302, or 303 (3 hrs)
+3 hours can double count as MPSA elective

Bush School’s MPSA first-year
= 15 Bush hours double-count for WFSC undergrad credit + 1 WFSC course counts for Bush School credit

  • PSAA 601 (3 hrs)
  • PSAA 621 (3 hrs)
  • BUSH 631 (3 hrs)
  • PSAA 643 (3 hrs)
  • PSAA 611 (3 hrs)
  • WFSC 619,628,639,655, or 685 (3 hrs)

MPSA Degree Requirements

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.

Administration/Application

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.

Curriculum

Fourth Year

Fall

  • PSAA 601: Foundations of Public Service *
  • PSAA 621: Economic Analysis*
  • BUSH 631: Quantitative Methods I *
  • PSAA 643: Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector *

Spring

  • PSAA 611: Public Policy Formation*
  • Quantitative Methods II requirement:
    • PM: BUSH 632: Quant Methods II or PSAA 630: Program Eval
    • PPA: BUSH 635: Quantitative Methods II, Policy emphasis
    • NPM: PSAA 630: Program Evaluation
  • Track requirement:
    • PM: PSAA 634: Public Management
    • PPA: PSAA 622: Public Finance
    • NPM: PSAA 644: Mgmt and Leadership in Nonprofits
  • One approved elective: WFSC 619, 628, 639, 655, or 685

Note: A course used as a Quant Methods II requirement cannot be used for another purpose.


Summer

  • Professional internship

Fifth Year

Fall

  • PSAA 675: Capstone Seminar I
  • Track Requirement:
    • PM: PSAA 623 Public Budgeting
    • PPA: PSAA 615 Policy Analysis
    • NPM: PSAA 632: Fiscal Mgmt of Nonprofits
  • Two approved electives+

Spring

  • PSAA 676: Capstone Seminar II
  • Three approved electives+

* 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

s indicated above, students will double count courses taken in the Bush School as credit towards their MPSA degree and as substitutes for some of the WFSC courses required for their bachelor’s degree.

Advising

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 wfscadvising@tamu.edu; Lindsay Hutchins at lhutchins@tamu.edu or Faegen Lee at fdlee@tamu.edu.

You may also contact the Bush School for admissions information and curriculum advising.

  • Kathryn Meyer, kjmeyer@tamu.edu, (979) 862-3476 for overview
  • Kimberly Reeves, assistant to the PSAA department head, reevesk@tamu.edu, (979) 862-8821 for for degree-level follow-up