Master of International Policy

The Master of International Policy is a 30 graduate credit hour, non-thesis degree program offered fully in residence (with an option of taking up to 6 credits online) on the Texas A&M University College Station campus. Students may select either the National Security and Diplomacy track or the International Development and Economic Policy track. Students admitted to the program will have a minimum of six years of professional experience. See Qualifications below.

The curriculum consists of two required courses (6 credit hours) in 1) the theory and practice of international politics and 2) fundamentals of the global economy. Students take five courses (15 credit hours) in one of the two program tracks: National Security and Diplomacy or International Development and Economic Policy. The remaining three courses (9 credit hours) are electives.

The full degree can be completed in an eleven-month period. The student will take a regular four-course load in the fall semester, beginning in late August; a regular four-course load in the spring semester, ending in mid-May; and two courses in an intensive format in June, ending obligations in early July with an August graduation. Alternatively, students unable to be on campus in June would be able to complete their degree requirements by taking two courses online.

For information on application procedures, please contact our Admissions Office at 979.862.3476 or The School plans to admit students for the degree beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.


Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of six years of professional experience in the field of international affairs, broadly understood.

Application to the Master of International Policy Program

Applicants to the Master of International Policy program will first submit basic personal information to the Texas A&M “ApplyTexas” website and pay a nonrefundable online application fee. Within 2-3 business days after submission of the application, the applicant will receive a Universal Identification Number (UIN) from Texas A&M, which will allow access to the University’s Applicant Information System (AIS). There, applicants can upload their supporting documents or send that information directly to the Bush School at

Application Requirements

  1. Official transcript from each educational institution attended, beginning with undergraduate education. (Transcripts from professional education programs not required.) These should be sent directly from the institution's registrar to Texas A&M through PARCHMENT, SPEEDE, or National Clearing House.

  2. Nonrefundable application fee.

  3. Statement of purpose that details applicant’s professional experience in international affairs, broadly understood, and describes applicant’s career goals as well as how the MIP degree will assist in achieving those goals.

  4. Professional resume.

  5. Two letters of recommendation.

  6. For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score must be submitted. Exceptions are made for those applicants who graduated from an English language undergraduate institution or have a verbal GRE score of 146 or higher.

Recommended elements of the application

  • GRE scores are recommended but not required. The Bush School strongly advises applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 to submit a recent GRE score.