The Bush School of Government and Public Service has joined with Texas A&M University’s Departments of Economics and International Studies (in the politics/diplomacy track) to offer joint-degree programs that allow their qualified majors to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year of study at Texas A&M University. This unique program enables students to count certain approved courses toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees and receive both degrees concurrently in five years (typically three years earning bachelor’s credits and two for their master’s).
Each joint-degree program requires completion of a certain amount of undergraduate coursework, a set of core prerequisites, and a minimum GPA (depending upon department) to qualify for admission. Interested students should work with their department advisor in their freshmen and sophomore years to ensure that all necessary courses will be completed before Bush School entry. Admissions criteria, including a GRE test score and recommendations, will be the same as for other Bush School degree applicants. Interested juniors should apply in the winter preceding the fall semester they plan to enter the Bush School.
The two joint-degree programs offered by the Department of International Affairs are