The Bush School of Government and Public Service was founded in 1997 under President George H. W. Bush’s philosophy that “public service is a noble calling.” Since then, the Bush School has continued to reflect that notion in the curriculum, research, and student experience and has become a leading public and international affairs graduate institution.
The Bush School offers four graduate programs for students aspiring to careers in public service. Degrees in Public Service and Administration, International Affairs, and International Policy, as well as an online Executive Master in Public Service and Administration, develop principled leaders for professional careers in public service. The Bush School also offers graduate certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, and Public Management. The Bush School has joined with several Texas A&M departments to offer seven Bachelor’s/Master’s 5-Year (3+2) Programs that allow students to enter the Bush School at the beginning of their fourth year and receive both their undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years.
The Bush School’s vision to inspire excellence in the noble calling of public service will be greatly expanded with the opening of the Washington, DC, Teaching Site. Classes commence in early 2021, with the teaching site offering instruction toward the Master of International Policy (MIP) degree, a 30-credit-hour, non-thesis program.
A rigorous curriculum and internationally acclaimed faculty have propelled the Bush School to rank in the top 12 percent of graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Among public universities, the Bush School is ranked in the top 20 of public affairs programs. In 2020, the Bush School was named the no. 1 ranked “best value” in both residential MPA programs and executive online MPA programs by Value College.