The Bush School of Government and Public Service
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|The Bush School of Government and Public Service|
|Location||College Station, Texas, United States
|Campus||Texas A&M University|
The Bush School of Government and Public Service is a graduate public affairs school at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It is named for the 41st U.S. President, George H.W. Bush. The Bush School is part of the George Bush Presidential Library complex. The graduate school is home to two master's degree programs, the Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA/MPA) and Master's Program in International Affairs (MPIA/MIA), and three online/residency graduate certificate programs.
The Bush School’s residential degrees provide a professional education for those seeking careers in the public sector or nonprofit sector or in the governmental-focused private sector. Students can focus studies through a number of tracks and concentrations. The MPSA offers five areas: nonprofit management; state government/local government; security policy/management; energy, environment and technology policy/management; and health policy/management. The MPIA has eight: American diplomacy, defense policy, homeland security, intelligence as statecraft, international politics, regional studies, international economic development, international economics, and transfer pricing. Both degrees integrate a professional summer internship, and those in the MPIA can substitute a cultural/language study. The MPIA also requires passage of a spoken foreign language exam for all native English speakers at the intermediate-low level.
The Bush School has online graduate level certificate programs for those interested in public policy and service that cannot attend in-residence programs or prefer not to do so. In the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA) students can focus in diplomacy, defense policy and military affairs, intelligence, counterterrorism, or regional studies. The Certificate in Homeland Security (CHLS) offers concentrations in strategy and policy for homeland security. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM) offers concentrations in fund raising and philanthropy, fiscal and performance management, leadership and management, health and human service policy, and international nongovernmental organizations.
The nonpartisan Bush School is relatively small, enrolling 50-60 students per degree in each incoming class, and admission is competitive, particularly in the MPIA. Currently, the Bush School is ranked among the top 40 public affairs programs by US News & World Report and 23rd among just the public universities. The MPIA is one of just 33 member programs of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). In regards to financial aid, the Bush School is one of the few public affairs graduate schools that offers financial aid to virtually all students, with the minimum amount of $1,000 qualifying all out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition. In addition, the Bush School is one of only five graduate schools whose students are eligible for the generous Robertson Fellows Program that supports future U.S. government leaders.
Former president U.S. President George H. W. Bush continues to be actively involved with the school, and his connections and involvement have helped bring renowned professors to the university as well as frequent visits from past and present public service professionals. Past visitors include Ban Ki-moon, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Helmut Kohl, Peter Orszag, Mitt Romney, Mike Krzyzewski, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Andrew Card, Dan Quayle, Antonin Scalia, Ryan Crocker, Michael Mullen, and Jiang Zemin.
- Dr. Robert M. Gates, 1999-2001
- Lt Gen. Dick Chilcoat, (Rtd) 2001-2008.
- Dr. Benton A. Cocanougher, interim dean 2009.
- Ryan Crocker 2010- However, Ambassador Crocker went on extended leave due to his appointment as United States Ambassador to Afghanistan; as of July 5, 2011, former White House Chief of Staff and United States Secretary of Transportation Andrew Card serves as the acting dean.
- The Bush School of Government and Public Service (2009). Ambassador Crocker Named Dean of TAMU’s Bush School. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- "Andrew Card Named Acting Dean Of Bush School At Texas A&M".
- The Bush School of Government and Public Service official site
- The Bush School Facebook Page
- George Bush Presidential Library Foundation official site
- George Bush Presidential Library and Museum official site