Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

EMPSA Admissions


Application Requirements

Admissions occur every fall, summer, and spring semester. All application materials, transcripts, and scores must be received by the deadline! The upcoming application deadlines are as follows:

Fall 2019 EMPSA Application Deadlines
US Applicants: Sunday, July 7, 2019
International Applicants: Sunday, June 9, 2019

Spring 2020 EMPSA Application Deadlines
US Applicants: Monday, December 2, 2019
International Applicants: Monday, November 4, 2019

To apply, applicants must have at least five years full-time public service experience, with three years at the mid-to-upper level, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and submit the following materials:

Official Transcripts and Records

Submit official transcripts from all 4-year colleges or universities attended, including summer school courses and study abroad. An official statement of the award of a degree or diploma is required for each degree completed.

Note to TAMU students/alumni: Do NOT submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University; we will download your transcript as we process your application.



Transcripts can be submitted in these ways:

  • Official: sent directly from your registrar (ask for the available options); or
  • Electronically through AVOW, SPEEDE, eSCRIPT-SAFE, or National Clearing House to admissions@tamu.edu; or
  • Mailed to Texas A&M Graduate Admissions Processing. Documents that must be sent via postal mail, please use the addresses listed below:
  • NOTE: Photocopies or other duplications, such as notarized copies and faxes, are not considered official.

If the transcripts or marksheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translation in English, if necessary. Only translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official.

(US Postal Service)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

(Overnight or Hand Delivery)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1601
0200 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-0200
(979) 845-1060

Texas A&M University is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Credentials scheduled by overnight mail carriers for Saturday delivery will be delivered and accepted by the University on the next business day.

Professional Résumé

Provide a current résumé. Include the following sections.

  • Name and contact information
  • Education
    • Undergraduate institution; include month/year completed (or to be completed)
    • Degree earned (with major, minor)
    • Current overall GPA (you can also add a last 60 hour or major GPA)
    • List additional undergraduate or graduate degrees and certificates, as necessary
    • Optional
      • Relevant/highlighted courses you’d like to list
      • Academic honors and awards
  • Relevant work/internship experience
    • List work or internship experiences related to public service, to include government, nonprofits, educational institutions, military service, and other relevant areas. Note: Internship experience is not considered part of the 5 years of full-time, paid professional experience requirement, but should still be listed on the resume.
    • Include any track related work or volunteer experience you may have in the master's track you will pursue of homeland security, nonprofit management, or public management.
    • Note: Internship experience may count toward the five years of public service experience.
    • Must include dates of work/internship experience. At the very least, month and day must be listed.
    • Responsibilities should also be included.
  • Leadership, service, organizational memberships, and honors
    • List your involvement in any related activities or elected positions YOU want to highlight. Indicate the organization, position/role you assumed, the duration/dates involved, and the time involved per week/month/semester. Include dates (at the very least, month and year).
  • Other (optional)

Email your résumé to bushschoolonline@tamu.edu with the subject “EMPSA Application – Resume for [your name].”

Statement of Purpose

In 750 words or less, tell us your goals for obtaining an EMPSA. Also describe your public service experience. Include the number of years of your public service experience, and describe the range of your experiences. Include any management or supervisory experience you may have. Address questions such as the following:

  • What did you do?
  • What were your duties and responsibilities?
  • What were some of your achievements?
  • Describe the unique value that you will bring to the program.
  • Include your full name on each page of the statement.

Email your statement of purpose to bushschoolonline@tamu.edu with the subject “EMPSA Application – Statement for [your name].”

Letters of Recommendation (3)

Three letters of recommendation are required for the EMPSA application. It is strongly recommended that at least one recommendation letter be from someone who is familiar with your capacity for academic work and/or speak to your potential to advance in your career (typically supervisors, faculty, or advisor) and another recommendation be from someone familiar with your leadership, public service, and middle to upper level work experience. Both the demonstrated capability to do graduate academic work and significant public service work experience are integral in your recommendation letters and application. Letter may also include potential to advanced in their career. One letter may be from a peer.

Letters of recommendation can be submitted in these ways:

  • Online: Sent directly to Texas A&M via the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) system.
    • Once you have submitted your Apply Texas appplicatin, you will receive your UIN via email from Texas A&M within 48-72 hours. Next, access the Howdy portal to log into the Applicant Information System (AIS). There you will find the LOR system. Follow the instructions for entering contact information for up to three recommenders (or four if you need a backup). You can log into AIS daily to monitor their submission (and send reminders as necessary).
  • Hard copy: Mailed or dropped off to the Bush School Extended Education Admissions office (address below).
    • Letters should be written on letterhead.
    • Bush School Extended Education Admissions
      Texas A&M University
      4220 TAMU
      College Station, TX 77843
  • Emailed: Sent tobushschoolonline@tamu.edu by your recommender.
    • Letters should be wriutten on letterhead, signed, and scannded as a PDF.

GRE or GMAT Test Scores

Required test scores (GRE preferred) should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the Bush School of Government and Public Service or Texas A&M University (GRE Code 6003 or 6005/GMAT Code 7B7-K9-57) and be from a test date within five years of the date the Apply Texas application is submitted.

We do not waive test score requirements, and we do not have minimum admissions scores.
An application is incomplete without scores, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. We recommend tests be completed six weeks in advance of the priority deadline.

TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Texas A&M University requires that applicants whose native language is not English submit proof of English proficiency, which may be satisfied by one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 ibt (Internet) or 550 pbt (paper). The Bush School prefers a TOEFL score of 100 ibt (Internet) or 600 pbt (paper) or 7.0 IELTS score.
  • International English Language Testing System Test (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 overall band
  • Completion of all years of a bachelor's degree or higher at a US accredited university (subject to departmental approval).
  • a minimum PTE Academic Score of 53
  • a GRE Verbal Reasoning Score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval)
  • a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval)
  • Acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via departmental request. An international student holding a master's degree from a U.S. accredited university qualifies for alternative verification.

TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003); there is no institutional code for the IELTS, but tests should be mailed to the address below and be from a test date within two years of the date the Apply Texas application is submitted. You may verify receipt of your official scores by e-mailing the contact below. Include your name (as given on the test), date of birth, UIN, type of test, date of test, and date you requested scores to be sent.

Data and Research Services
Texas A&M University
4239 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4239
E-mail: dars@tamu.edu

More information is found on the Texas A&M website at https://admissions.tamu.edu/international/graduate.


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(866) 988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Extended Education

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220