News from the Bush School

Bush School Merits High Ranking In U.S. News and World Report

April 07, 2008

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M was ranked 23rd in the nation among 201 public schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking for graduate programs in public affairs.

The rankings, conducted in fall 2007, are based on the national reputation of public affairs programs which is reflected through peer assessment surveys based on responses of deans, directors and department chairs.

“We’re very proud that the Bush School has achieved this impressive ranking after only 10 years in existence,” said Dean Dick Chilcoat. “The school has accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, offering not only two signature master’s degree programs in International Affairs and Public Administration but also three certificate programs and a public service leadership and leader development program. The certificates are Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security and Nonprofit Management, the latter added this year. We also have two outstanding research institutes— the Institute for Science and Public Policy and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs— all of which enable us to attract a diverse group of excellent students and faculty,” he added.

Measures of the Bush School’s progress include the growth from 12 students in its first year, 1997, to 160 full-time degree students now in residence and another 350 enrolled through extended education certificate programs.

Texas A&M University undergrads are also able to get involved early with The Bush School. The 5-year program at The Bush School is designed to allow Texas A&M undergraduates to finish both their undergraduate and master’s degree within five years. This program works in conjunction with the political science and economics departments at Texas A&M.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in 2007, the Master of Public Service and Administration degree has become recognized as a very high quality program.

For a complete listing of these rankings and further information, please visit the U.S. News website at